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Volume 12, Issue 13
February 10, 2010

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Engineering faculty meeting set for Feb 22

The spring Engineering Faculty Meeting will take place Monday, February 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in 255 Olin Hall. Professor Ed Lawler will join Provost Kent Fuchs at this faculty meeting to discuss Cornell’s strategic plan. Faculty member are strongly encouraged to attend as this is an opportunity to give input to the university's strategic planning process. Copies of the draft strategic plan are available online.

A reception in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall, will follow the formal meeting. This meeting replaces the regular end-of-semester spring faculty meeting. 

Budget Task Force public discussion to be held Feb 11

Provost Kent Fuchs; Paul Streeter, Associate Vice President for Planning and Budget; and Cathy Dove, Associate Dean for Administration in Engineering will report their findings and answer questions at a public discussion about the Budget Model Task Force on Thursday, February 11, in the Statler Auditorium from 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend.

This forum is not focused on the current financial situation; rather, the Budget Advisory Task Force was charged with recommending a singular approach to budget planning for the Ithaca campus for the future.

Task Force summaries are available online. Full reports are available for review in the Office of the Dean of Faculty, 315 Day Hall (Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) and the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Asst Prof. Salman Avestimehr, ECE, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for a project to develop models for advancing wireless-network technologies.

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will award Prof. Frank Moon, MAE, an honorary doctorate in their upcoming convocation ceremony on Feb 12, 2010, in recognition of his work in mechanics of superconducting magnets for fusion reactors, chaotic dynamics, and the history of machines.

The New York Times has invited MAE Prof. Steve Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, to write a column about math for a general audience beginning Feb. 1 and running for 15 weeks. His previous Times columns are available online.

A team of Cornell researchers led by Assoc. Prof. Mike Thompson, MSE, has received the 2009 Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International award for North America. The group is being honored for its work on millisecond laser annealing using grazing-angle infrared blaster laser beams.

Students invited to apply for Innovation Showcase

Student teams are invited to apply for a spot at the 2010 ASME Innovation Showcase (IShow), to be held June 5, during the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual Meeting at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. March 5 is the deadline to apply to participate in the competition, which provides teams of undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to present their innovative product ideas to a panel of experts for an opportunity to win seed money to bring their inventions to market. First place award is $10,000. For more information on the ASME IShow, visit their Web site.

Workshop helps inventors commercialize their ideas

The next Pre-Seed Workshop in Ithaca will be held April 1-2 and April 9. The PSW workshop is a systematic approach to investigating and evaluating very early stage ideas. Teams are created around a central technology, product, or business idea and typically include a technology champion, a legal advisor, an industry expert, an MBA student, and an experienced entrepreneur. Each idea team completes two intensive one-day sessions separated by one week of "homework." Teams leave the workshop with a thin commercialization plan for a new start-up. Visit for more information. Applications for the April workshop can be sent to or 130 Biotechnology Building.

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