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Volume 12, Issue 5
October 7, 2009


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Engineering celebrates Employee Day with free tickets

Dear Staff and Faculty,

The College of Engineering is pleased to participate in the annual Employee Celebration Day in recognition of our exceptional and dedicated employees by offering complimentary tickets to the annual Employee Celebration Day dinner and football game on Saturday, October 10th. The complimentary tickets are available for all staff, faculty, and up to three immediate family members.

The football game, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th at Schoellkopf Stadium, features Cornell playing Harvard. The meal will be held in Barton Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will also be volleyball, women's soccer, and men's soccer games as well as additional activities that you are welcome to attend with your ticket.

Complimentary tickets can be picked up from the receptionist desk in 242 Carpenter Hall (Dean's Office). If you pick up tickets for others in your department, please bring the names of the staff and faculty requesting the tickets and the number of tickets required for them and their family members. Tickets should not be given to student assistants as the university offers many wonderful events for our students to enjoy and this event is designed to recognize staff and faculty.

I hope you have an opportunity to attend the game and dinner as we celebrate our outstanding staff and colleagues.

Warmest regards,

Chris Ober
Interim Dean, College of Engineering


Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Engineering faculty members David Erickson, MAE, Chris Schaffer, BME, and Jeffrey Varner, CBE, have each received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for demonstrating "excellent research and teaching early in their careers.

Harold Craighead, AEP, and Moonsoo Jin, BME, along with their colleague John Lis in molecular biology and genetics, have received one of NIH's Transformative R01 grants, which are awarded for "exceptionally innovative, high-risk and unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms." The collaborators will use their grant to develop protein-capture reagents that can specifically or selectively recognize, bind and "capture" a broad spectrum of human proteins that may then be adapted for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Cornell Engineering boasts two of the nine finalists in the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2009 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Leon Bellan (advisor: Harold Craighead, AEP) is a finalist in the graduate category for "3D Microchannel Networks Using Sacrificial Sugar Structures." Mark Levatich (advisor: David Lipson, BME) is a finalist in the undergraduate category for "Skull Base Sealer." The final judging and awards ceremony will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on Tuesday, October 20. More information is available online


Environmental engineering degree program is accredited

Cornell's environmental engineering degree program, created in 2002, has been accredited by ABET Inc., certifying that the program meets the most rigorous standards of quality and education of the environmental engineering profession. The degree is offered jointly by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The accreditation covers the dates of May 2007 to September 2011. Students who graduated in 2007 or 2008 will therefore get accredited degrees retroactively.


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 Wednesdays 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.

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


Nanobiotechnology Symposium set for October 19

The 10th annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium will be held on October 19 in G10 Biotech from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. This event showcases the latest advances in research at the interface of nanotechnology and the life sciences. It provides an opportunity to meet with faculty, researchers and students, as well as industrial partners and colleagues from the entire nanobiotechnology community. The agenda includes presentations from invited speakers and a poster session to engage attendees in lively and detailed discussion. For details or to register online, please visit the symposium Web site.


Guest speakers and seminars

A listing of upcoming guest speakers and seminars is now offered on the Engineering Web site. As a result, Information Update will no longer 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.


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.