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Volume 12, Issue 21
June 16, 2010

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AEP personnel updates

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Frank Wise, who was appointed to a three-year term as director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2007, has agreed to stay on for another year. It is especially helpful to have him continue in this role through the completion of the Physical Sciences Building construction, as his guidance and support have been essential to the success of that project.
On a personal note, I have enjoyed working with Frank; he has been a very strong advocate for AEP while being thoughtful of the needs of the college.

We are also delighted to announce that on July 1, Dawn Esposito, administrative director for Applied and Engineering Physics, will become administrative director for Biomedical Engineering as well, succeeding Colleen McClenahan, who is moving to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dawn has been with the college since 1997 as AEP administrative director. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University, and prior to coming to Cornell, she worked for nine years at Grumman Aerospace on Long Island writing proposals for changes to military aircraft. Dawn has been involved in the planning of the physical sciences building  for the past eight years and will continue to play a key role in that project.
With warm regards,

Chris Ober, Interim Dean

Faculty elected to college, university committees

The following faculty members were elected to university and College of Engineering committees:

Academic Integrity Hearing Board
Term July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013

  • Robert Kay, EAS
  • Matthew Miller, MAE
  • Mark Turnquist, CEE
College Grievance Committee
Term July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013
  • Michal Lipson, ECE
Nominating Committee
Term July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013
  • Shefford Baker, MSE
  • Clifford Pollock, ECE
  • Michael Todd, ORIE
  • Zellman Warhaft, MAE
University Appeals Panel
Term July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2015
  • Wolfgang Sachse, MAE
  • Paul Steen, CBE

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Louis Derry, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, is in the top 1 percent of most-cited geoscientists from January 1999 to October 2009, according to Thompson-Reuter’s Essential Science Indicators (

Prof. T. Michael Duncan, CBE, was elected the first Raymond G. Thorpe Teaching Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Duncan's research concerns studies in heterogeneous catalysis and advanced materials to determine the molecular basis for macroscopic effects such as chemical, electrical and mechanical properties. He is the winner of numerous teaching awards and was named New York's Professor of the Year in 2007.

Asst Prof. Craig Fennie, AEP, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office for his proposal, "Strongly Coupled Multiferroic Materials by Design - Hierarchical Organization at the Atomic and Nanoscales."

EAS graduate students Scott Henderson and Jennifer Jay have received NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships. These competitive awards provide three years of tuition and stipend support as well as $3,000 per year for conference travel and other expenses. Henderson and Jay proposed to use remote sensing data with ground measurements and numerical models to study volcanism in the Andes.

Assoc. Prof. Michal Lipson, ECE, has been selected as a Faculty Finalist in The New York Academy of Sciences’ The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists 2010. Winners will be announced at the academy's 7th Annual Science & the City Gala in November.

Asst Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King, BME, has been awarded a silver World Congress of Biomechanics Young Investigator Award for her work in cellular mechanics and her paper "Self-Assembly of Stable Cell-Cell Contacts Through Substrate Mechanics," co-authored with graduate student Joseph Califano. The award recognizes "excellent contributions whose primary authors are young investigators; based on originality, clarity, scientific merit, and potential impact."

Engineering faculty establish MIB program at Cornell

Assoc. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE, Prof. Larry Walker, BEE, and Asst Prof. Jeff Varner, CBE, received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Program. The MIB program will cultivate the next generation of highly trained US graduate students to meet the growing needs of biotechnology employers, introducing students to the broad, interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology by integrating a curriculum of modern biology, bioengineering, and business courses with in-depth, hands-on biotechnology research training. With assistance from a 15-member industrial advisory board and over 40 faculty from 19 academic departments, every effort will be made to recruit the most talented US citizens from diverse disciplines

NASA offers virtual education program for college students

NASA’s Minority Innovation Challenges Institute began a series of year-round sessions with a virtual conference on May 24. The sessions will teach students how to apply and participate in various competitions, such as the agency's Centennial Challenges Program, the NASA University Student Launch Initiative, and the Great Moonbuggy Race. The online program is free; learn more and register online

Applications accepted for Daniel E. Noble Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Daniel E. Noble Fellowship, jointly established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Motorola as a memorial to Noble in recognition of his valuable contributions to the development of two-way vehicular communications and solid state technology. The goal of the Noble Fellowship award is to promote graduate-level study in Vehicular Technology. Students with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering/physical sciences are eligible to apply. The recipient of this award is selected by a committee of judges and is based on the candidate’s potential to contribute to the profession of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and VTS. The selected student will receive an award of $7,500, a certificate, and the opportunity to present at the annual 2010 VTS Conference which will be held on September 6th in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada.

Deadline to apply is July 16. For additional information about this award and to obtain a copy of the application form and the reference forms, please visit the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Web site.

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