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Volume 12, Issue 17
April 7, 2010

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Mike Walter selected for advising award

Professor Mike Walter, BEE, has been selected to receive a 2010 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award. The awards, established by Cornell trustee Stephen Ashley in 2002 to honor Carpenter, a professor of business management who died in 1967, recognize "sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising."

Center for Teaching Excellence accepting applications

Cornell's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is now accepting applications for the Master Teaching Assistant Program from all Cornell University teaching assistants who are passionate about teaching at the college or university level. Selected TAs will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and mentorship skills, as well as work collaboratively with other Master TAs to design and implement teaching programs, events, and resources that foster teaching excellence and innovative pedagogical practice at Cornell University. Award Information: Certificate of Completion and $1000. More information is available online.

CTE is also accepting applications for the International Teaching Assistant Program’s Summer Institute.  The ITAP Summer Institute is an intensive program designed for selected International Teaching Assistants who want to expand their teaching skills as a TA or prepare for a career in academia. ITAs will have the opportunity to improve oral communication through researching, discussing, and presenting a workshop related to current topics in teaching in higher education. Instruction will utilize a blended learning format, including both daily face-to-face classes and online components. Award Information: Certificate of Completion and $500. More information is available online.

ConocoPhillips Energy Prize open for submissions

The ConocoPhillips Energy Prize, designed to recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve how the United States develops and uses energy, is now open for submissions. The program will award up to $300,000 in cash prizes and will focus on three areas:

  • Developing new energy sources
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Combating climate change

Participants have until May 12 to submit their entries. A panel of energy and environmental experts will review the entries and the prize money will be awarded to the concepts that use the best combination of creativity, scalability, commercial viability, and sustainability.

Please visit for more details.

COMSOL offers multiphysics modeling workshop

COMSOL will give a free multiphysics modeling workshop on campus on April 13. The goal of the workshop, for both experience users and beginners, is to teach the skills needed to simulate a problem in COMSOL Multiphysics.

Anyone who is interested in simulating and optimizing engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, and fluid flows is encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held in 471 Rhodes Hall. Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised. Please contact Yeswanth Rao, 781 273-3322, with questions.

Software training available at low or no cost

If you have been considering software training, now is the time to take advantage of CIT's low- or no-fee opportunities currently available. The cost is expected to increase significantly in the new fiscal year (July 1), when workshop fees are adjusted to reflect actual cost. Training options include Microsoft products, Adobe products, and more. If you are new to using Outlook as an e-mail client, you may want to consider the Outlook Getting Started class (no fee). See the complete list and register online

Memorial gathering planned for Prof. White

The Engineering community is invited to attend a celebration of the life of Prof. Richard N. (Dick) White, CEE, to be held on Saturday, May 1, at 3 166 Hollister Hall. Prof. White passed away on October 3. RSVP to Jeannette Little at if you plan to attend.

Staffing update

MAE administrative director Andy Vail has accepted the position of senior administrative manager for the CALS Plant Sciences Cluster.  In that role he will be directly supporting two departments, Plant Biology and Plant Pathology & Microbe Biology, and overseeing a third, the Department of Horticulture. This cluster is part of the CALS plan to streamline its number of departments.

Andy has been in Engineering for more than eight years and has assisted MAE through multiple staff hires, financial challenges, and several key building renovation projects, among many other things. He also made time to contribute to the larger community by his service on committees such as Budget Advisory Task Force, Engineering Facilities Master Planning, Work/Life Committee, and at least 30 other committees.

His leadership and knowledge of the Sibley School will be sorely missed, but we wish him all the best in his new position.

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