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Volume 12, Issue 4
September 23, 2009


In this issue:


Campus flu updates

Cornell has launched a comprehensive flu Web site, You and the Flu, gathering in one place all of the links that faculty, staff, and students may need to answer both health- and policy-related questions regarding the flu. You may want to subscribe to the page to be sure to get all the latest updates and information.


Today's Work Life Lunch features Mineralogy Museum

September Work Life Lunch is today, September 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Professor William Bassett, EAS will conduct a tour of the Mineralogy Museum in Snee Hall. The Snee Hall Reading room will be available for brown-bag lunches after the tour. Engineering staff members are encouraged to attend.

Information about the museum is available online.


Meet the Class of 2013

The College of Engineering Class of 2013 is yet another outstanding entering class with average SATs above 1450 and 95 percent ranked in the first decile of their graduating class. The number of applications increased again this year–another 18 percent over last year’s record number–to a total of almost 7800 freshmen applications. The 22-percent admit rate for our freshmen class is one of the lowest in recent history.

With 728 members, this class includes all-time highs of 37 percent women and 12 percent underrepresented minority students. Our students come from 41 states and about 20 different countries. We have pilots, patent holders, Olympic caliber athletes, FIRST robotic competition winners, black belts, and a children’s poem publisher among the class.

Engineering Admissions has already begun recruiting the Class of 2014 and hope it will be just as special and spectacular as this current freshmen class. A very special thank you to all who have helped us along the way in recruiting such great students to this great college of ours – we could not do it without your help!

--Mark Spencer, Director of Engineering Admissions


Awards and Honors in the Engineering Community

In the August 26 issue of Info Update, we neglected to mention that Joel Bernier, PhD 2006, and Jun-Sang Park, PhD 2009, were co-authors with Prof. Matt Miller, MAE, on the paper titled "Measuring stress distributions in Ti-6Al-4V using synchrotron x-ray diffraction," which was selected to receive ASM International's Henry Marion Howe Medal for 2009. The Howe Medal recognizes the best paper published in a specific volume of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. The medal presentation will take place at the ASM awards dinner in Pittsburgh on October 27.


New funds help faculty publish in open-access journals

Cornell University Library and the Office of the Provost are contributing $25,000 each for a pilot program to pay publication fees in open-access journals for Cornell faculty, researchers, staff and students.

To pay for their operating expenses, open-access journals look to sources of income other than subscriptions, such as foundation support, subventions, in-kind support and, increasingly, publication and submission fees.

Cornell is participating in the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity. Compact institutions pledge to underwrite publication charges for articles written by their faculty published in open-access journals supported in part by author fees. Cornell faculty, postdoctoral researchers, staff or student authors can apply for COAP funding of up to $3,000.

More information is available online.


McCormick grants offered for teaching innovations

Engineering faculty and lecturers are invited to apply to the Cornell Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute for McCormick Teaching Innovation & Course Improvement Grants of up to $5,000 to develop innovative teaching strategies and course improvements. Preference will be given to a well-thought-out plan that has departmental backing and that tackles a problematic course with  significant enrollment and a significant position in an engineering major. Eligibility includes faculty and lecturers (not visitors).  The application deadline for McCormick Grants is Oct. 2. For more information, contact Kathryn Dimiduk, director of the Teaching Excellence Institute.


Cornell Engineering ranked #4 by Hispanic Business Magazine

This year, Cornell Engineering is ranked #4 on Hispanic Business magazine's list of Top 10 Engineering Schools for Hispanic students. HispanTelligence, the research arm of Hispanic Business Inc., annually assesses the nation's top universities for Hispanics in the fields of medicine, engineering, business and law. Read more online.


Co-op student and mentor awards announced

The Engineering Co-op & Career Services office is pleased to announce winners of the 2009 Co-op Awards:

Co-op Student of the Year
Edward Kwee '10 BEE, co-op at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation in Edison, N.J.

Supervisor / Mentor of the Year
Michael McCabe '04 ECE, M.Eng. '05, Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., nominated by Thomas Gowing '10 ECE and Kirill Kalinichev '10 ECE

Certificate with Distinguished Honor
Vanish Grover '10 BEE, co-op at Woodard & Curran, White Plains, N.Y.
Steven Novak '10 ME, co-op at General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y.

Exemplary Student Ambassador Certificate
Xian 'Jeff' Gao ORE'10 ORE, co-op at Logistics Management Institute. McLean, Va.
Jayashree Kumar '10 ECE, co-op at Workday, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Trent Lukaczyk '10 ME, co-op at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Fla.
Yi Quan 'Allan' Yang '10 ChE, co-op at Primet Precision Materials, Ithaca, N.Y.

Certificate with Distinguished Honor for Supervisors/Mentors
Jonathan Bilow, M.Eng. '95 CE, Bilow Engineering, nominated by Michael Lazar '10 CE
Paul Maitoza, Momentive Performance Materials, nominated by Youngji Kim ’10 ChE
Marguerite Mohan, Merck, nominated by Shi Hang Chen '10 ChE
Florrie Stoffel, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, nominated by Edward Kwee '10 BEE
Charles Tall '78 ORE, Archelon, nominated by Richard Ma '10 ECE


What to do with your Engineering News

Do you have information that you think should be publicized but you’re not sure what to do with it? Were you contacted by a reporter for an interview and you’re not sure what to do? Were you featured in the media recently and want to share that information? Not sure who does what in Engineering Communications and Media Relations, so you’re not sure whom to contact? Here’s a simple solution: Send your messages to eng-news@cornell.edu. The ECMR staff will answer your questions and share your news with Information Update, or the Cornell Chronicle, or the Cornell Press Office, or post it on the Engineering Web site as appropriate. It might even inspire a story for Cornell Engineering Magazine. Don’t know if your item qualifies as “news”? Send it anyway. If ECMR can use it, they will!


Field a team for Ithaca's "Can"struction Competition

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is inviting teams to participate in a Canstruction Competition, a food charity event that they plan to host as part of holiday events downtown this year. What’s a canstruction? Check it out! Teams compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the exhibitions all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food banks.

If your organization is interested in fielding a team, contact DIA representatives Deirdre Kurzweil or Vicki Taylor as soon as possible and no later than October 5.


Strogatz discusses The Calculus of Friendship

Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, will discuss his new book, The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life While Corresponding about Math. This talk, scheduled for Thursday, October 1, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin-Smith Hall, is sponsored by The Cornell Store and will be informal and open to the public. It is directed toward educators of any age group, particularly those teaching mathematics, and will promote the importance of the mentor-student relationship.


Kessler Fellows offer summer internship presentations

As part of the Kessler Fellows Program, each student prepares a presentation to share his or her summer intern experience. The presentations, to be held on Wednesdasy from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in 140 Bard, are open to the public. Anyone interested in the program or the companies in which Kessler Fellows completed their summer internships is encouraged to attend.

23 Sep: Peter Bai '10 MSE, Hybrid Silica Technologies
7 Oct: Joey Zwicker '10 ME, Anybots
14 Oct: Jeff Will '10 ChE, The Water Initiative
14 Oct: Scott Purdy '10 CS, Numenta
21 Oct: Michael Ryan, '10 EP, V.I. Laboratories
28 Oct: Thomas Murray '10 ME, Serious Materials


New Web page offers seminar information

A listing of upcoming guest speakers and seminars is now offered on the Engineering Web site. As a result, this is the last issue of Information Update that will carry listings of colloquia and seminars. Staff members who regularly submit seminar information to Information Update are encouraged to post their events on the University Events calendar instead. When entering your events into the university calendar, please tag them with the Engineering “flag” in order for them to be posted via RSS feed on the Engineering seminars page.

Links to department Web pages of seminars listings are also available from the seminars page.


Guest speakers and seminars

Guest speakers and seminars

Please note: this is the last issue of Information Update that will carry listings of colloquia and seminars. See paragraph above for details.

  • BME 7900 Seminar
    Refreshments a half hour before each talk.
  • 30 Sep, 4:30 p.m., G10 Biotech: Prof. Robert S. Langer, Chemical Engineering, MIT: “Biomaterials and biotechnology:  From the discovery of angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering”

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments following in 657 Rhodes.
  • 25 Sep: Prof. C. Richard Johnson, Cornell ECE: “Automated thread counting, matching weave maps, and rollmate candidates in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh"

    2 Oct: Assoc. Prof. Jane Wang, Cornell MAE: TBA

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
  • 23 Sep: Timothy Davis, PhD ’93 ECE, executive vice president and CTO, Kionix, and Gregory Galvin, MS ’82 MSE, PhD ’84, MBA ’93, president and CEO, Kionix: "MEMS and other assorted topics"

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Seminar
  • 24 Sep, 4:30 p.m., 366 Hollister Hall: Assoc. Prof. Thorsten Wagener, Civil Engineering, Penn State University: "Understanding model behavior and improving model identification using global sensitivity analysis:

  • Civil Infrastructure Seminar
  • Sep 29, 4:30 p.m., 366 Hollister Hall: Ken Nahshon, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Caderock Division: "Importance of welds in aluminum ship structure"

  • EAS Seminar
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room.
  • 23 Sep: Prof. David Jackson, Geophysics, UCLA:"Earthquake prediction and prevention"

    30 Sep: Mike MacCracken, Climate Institute: "Geoengineering: Is counter-balancing climate change a realistic option"

  • ECE Presents the Sam Linke Power and Energy Lecture Series
    4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall;
    refreshments at 4:00 p.m.
  • Oct 5: Prof. Felix Wu, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Hong Kong: "Smart operation of smart grid"

  • MSE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.,140 Bard Hall;
    refreshments at 4 p.m. in the Bard Lounge.
  • 24 Sep: Asst Prof. Craig Fennie, Cornell AEP: "Multifunctional multiferroic oxides by design: Closing the loop from models in the computer to real materials in the lab"

    1 Oct: Asst Prof. Michael Smith, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University: "The mechanical properties of fibronectin fibers dictate their function"

  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments 3:45 p.m. in 258 Rhodes.
  • 29 Sep: Asst Prof. Alex d'Aspremont, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton: "Subsampling, spectral methods and semidefinite programming"

    6 Oct: Visiting Asst Prof David Matteson, Cornell ORIE: TBA

  • Sustainable Earth, Energy, and Environmental Systems
    Mondays, 7:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
  • 5 Oct: Cornell Professors Robert Howarth, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and David Wolfe, Horticulture: "Environmental impacts and the future of food"

    19 Oct: Cornell Professors Muawia Barazangi, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Jefferson Tester, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: "End of oil and energy alternatives"


    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.