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Volume 11, Issue 9
December 3, 2008


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Faculty meeting scheduled for December 8

A College of Engineering Faculty Meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, from 3:30 until 5:00 PM in the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall. The meeting includes a presentation on the university and college budget and a reception celebrating the end of the fall semester.

In addition to the December 8 meeting, please also note on your calendars, the spring faculty meeting will be held on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 until 5:00 PM, also in the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall.


Gries reappointed for additional year

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that David Gries has agreed to stay on as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for another year, through December 2009. Reappointing David for another term was a high priority, so I am exceptionally grateful that he has agreed to serve as dean for at  least one more year.

Warmest regards,

Kent Fuchs
Dean of Engineering


Engineering community invited to dean search meetings

John Siliciano, vice provost and chair of the College of Engineering Dean Search Committee, and Michael Matier, search manager, are inviting members of the Engineering community to meetings to discuss the upcoming search for a new dean. The purpose of the meetings is to gather background information to assist with commencing the search. They are particularly interested in your views on the current state of the college, where it ought to be heading, and the qualities you want to see in the next dean. The meetings will also provide an opportunity to ask questions about the search process.


Engineering Undergraduate Students: December 3, 4:30â??5:30 PM, 101 Phillips Hall
Engineering Graduate Students: December 3, 6:00-7:00 PM, 101 Phillips Hall
Non-Academic Staff: December 8, 9:30â??10:30 AM, in 101 Phillips Hall
Academic/Non-faculty: December 8, 3:30â??4:30 PM, 101 Phillips Hall


Meetings with faculty are taking place in each school and department. Please check your e-mail invitation for additional details on the search process.


Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Sheila Hemami, ECE, has been elected an IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, with the following citation: “for contributions to robust and perceptual image and video communications.”

CEE Prof. Ken Hover was the keynote speaker for this year's induction of new members into Cornell’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has been made an honorary member.


ChemE Car scores first-place finish

Cornell’s ChemE Car scored a first-place finish at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers national competition in Philadelphia on November 16, earning the team its first national championship. This is the first time that a chemical car has stopped exactly on the finish line in the AIChE national car competition's ten-year history. The team will now move on to the international ChemE car competition in Montreal in August 2009. CBE Associate Professor T. Michael Duncan is the team adviser. For more information, see the news release online.


Staffing updates

Abena Sackey, Engineering Diversity Programs adviser, presented at the 2008 National Conference of the National Academic Advising Association in Chicago. Her presentation was titled "Serving Multicultural High Achievers." NACADA is a professional organization of over 10,000 higher education administrators, faculty, and staff.


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminar
    Friday, noon, 5130 Upson Hall
    Lunch to be provided at noon; talk begins at 12:15 p.m.
  • 5 Dec: David Pennock, Yahoo!, “Combinatorial betting”

  • BME/BEE 5010 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35 PM, 155 Olin Hall
  • 4 Dec:  Stuart A. Randle, president and CEO, GI Dynamics, "The development of a novel medical device to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall; refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 5 Dec: Assoc. Prof. Alina Chertock, North Carolina State University, "On particle and hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian methods for nonlinear time-dependent PDEs"

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 3 Dec: David Heller ’83 ME, president of Heller Industries, "Globalization in the machinery industry: A case study"

  • CEE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 PM, 366 Hollister Hall; refreshments at 4:15 PM
  • 4 Dec: Adjunct Prof. Kraig Winters, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, "Nonlinear wave generation at a sill"

  • CS Colloquium
    Thursday, 4:15 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 4 Dec: Prof. Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University, “Semidefinite programming and approximation algorithms: A survey of recent results"

  • EAS Seminars
    Wednesdays, 3:30 PM, 2146 Snee Hall; refreshments at 3:15 PM in the Snee Reading Room
  • 3 Dec: Asst. Prof. Jacob Hanley, St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia, "Molten salts in giant layered intrusions:  Artifacts of post-entrapment modification or legitimate melts?"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Thursdays, 11:40 AM, 655 Rhodes Hall
  • 4 Dec: Visiting Asst. Prof. David Matteson, Cornell ORIE, "Independent component analysis for multivariate nonlinear financial time series"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, 205 Thurston Hall; refreshments at 4:15 PM in 206 Thurston
  • 3 Dec: Assoc. Prof. Mark Campbell, Cornell MAE, "The challenges of driving autonomously"


    Submitting announcements to Information Update

    Please send your news notes to engr_info_update@cornell.edu. Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.