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Volume 12, Issue 6
October 21, 2009

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Congratulations to CUSD!

The Cornell 2009 Solar Decathlon team placed seventh (out of twenty) in the competition held on the National Mall which ended October 18th. Cornell's third entry into the competition featured round "silo" type rooms connected by a central courtyard. The team's original design was a crowd- and media-pleaser with long lines waiting to view it, but the "out of the box" approach did not appeal to the juries. The team achieved net-zero energy usage throughout the competition using an 8kW GE Solar Panels and an Apricus Solar Thermal system.

The team was advised by Matt Ulinski and Zellman Warhaft from MAE, Tobias Hanrath from CBE, Bruce Land from ECE and other advisers from across campus. Student team leaders included Myra Wong MAE '10, Thomas Murray MAE '10, Jeremy Blum ECE, and Evan Ture MSE '09.

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Master of Engineering Information Day Oct. 23

Engineer your career… consider MEng!

Everyone is welcome to the MEng Info Day, October 23 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Duffield Hall Atrium.

This fair is a unique opportunity to:
•Learn about all the possibilities available for a professional degree at the College of Engineering
•Get answers on MEng/MBA dual degree options, financial aid, early admission, concentrations, career opportunities
•Meet with students, staff and faculty from the fields, the Johnson Graduate School of •Management, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Refreshments provided! All students welcome!

For information on the MEng program, visit the MEng Website.

Awards and Honors in the Engineering Community

2009 Excellence in Teaching & Advising Awards

Recipients of 2009 Excellence in Teaching & Advising Awards will be honored at a luncheon November 2. Profiles of this year's honorees will be posted on the college Web site.

College of Engineering Teaching Award Winners for 2009

Richard Allmendinger, EAS, Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Award
Kavita Bala, CS, James and Mary Tien Award
James Bisogni, CEE, Daniel M. Lazar '29 Award
Larry Bonassar, BME, Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 Award
David Delchamps, ECE, Sonny Yau '72 Award
Timothy Healey, MAE, Dorothy and Fred Chau MS '74 Award
Richard Hennig, MSE, Michael Tien '72 Award
Robert Kleinberg, CS, Kenneth A. Goldman '71 Award
Mason Peck, MAE, Ralph S. Watts '72 Award
Steven Strogatz, MAE, John Swanson '61 ME in honor of his mother, Dorothy G. Swanson Award
Michael Todd, ORIE, Sonny Yau '72 Award
Charlie Van Loan, CS, James and Mary Tien Award
Aaron Wagner, ECE, Michael Tien '72 Award
Stephen Wicker, ECE, Douglas Whitney '61 Award
Lisa Wickham, AEP, Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Award
Nicholas Zabaras, MAE, Michael Tien ‘72 Award

James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Advising Award Winners

Clifford Pollock, ECE
Derek Warner, CEE

Other Awards and Honors

The Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania has selected Harold Craighead to receive its Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology. Each year, the center presents an award recognizing an outstanding research scientist from the international community. The award will be presented at a ceremony capping off the NanoDay@Penn event on October 28.

Grad students Shuang Zhao (advisor Kavita Bala), CS, and Mark Cianchetti (advisor David Albonesi), ECE, have won Intel Graduate Fellowships. This is a highly competitive program in which students must be selected by the university to apply and then are reviewed and hand picked by the Intel Fellows and their designees. The award covers tuition, stipend, connection with an Intel technical leader working in the student’s area of study and a travel grant to meet their Intel technical leader. Twenty-six awards were given nationwide this year. For more information, visit the Intel blog.

The Mathematics of Sex book presentation and discussion Oct. 22

October 22, 4 p.m., Cornell Store Book Department

Professors Steve Ceci and Wendi Williams, "The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women & Girls."

Nearly half of all physicians and biologists are females, as are the majority of new psychologists, veterinarians, and dentists, suggesting that women have achieved equality with men in the workforce. But the ranks of professionals in math-intensive careers remain lopsidedly male; up to 93% of tenure-track academic positions in some of the most mathematically-oriented fields are held by men.

Three main explanations have been advanced to explain the dearth of women in math-intensive careers, and in The Mathematics of Sex, Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams describe and dissect the evidence for each. Drawing on research in endocrinology, economics, sociology, education, genetics, and psychology to arrive at their own unique, evidence-based conclusion, the authors argue that the problem is due to certain choices that women (but not men) are compelled to make in our society; that women tend not to favor math-intensive careers for certain reasons, and that sex differences in math and spatial ability cannot adequately explain the scarcity of women in these fields. The Mathematics of Sex represents the first time such a thorough synthesis of data has been carried out to solve the puzzle of women's underrepresentation in math-intensive careers.

Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture Nov. 2

November 2, 4:30 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Rhodes Lounge, 128 Olin Hall

Peter Wright B.S. Ch.E. '75, P.A.W. Partners, "Engineering, a Great Background for the Hedge Fund and Financial Services Industries."

Peter Wright holds BS ChE and MBA degrees from Cornell University and has over 30 years of experience in the finance and securities industry. He established P.A.W. Partners in December, 1990 where, as the General Partner and Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for managing about $1B in a technology-focused hedge fund. Prior to founding PAW Partners, he was a financial analyst with IBM, executive vice president and analyst with The Gartner Group, where he followed technology stocks and ran the firm's consulting and general products division, and president and chief executive officer of SoundView Financial Group, Inc., a registered broker dealer and investment adviser.

Entrepreneurship Seminar: Please note date change

November 20 (updated 10/27), 2:30-4:30 p.m., East Hill Office Building Training Room and Atrium, 395 Pine Tree Road. Networking reception to follow.

Ted Julian '89, "Idea Validation & Opportunity Assessment."

ILR alumnus Ted Julian is a well-known high-tech entrepreneur whose latest startup is currently in stealth mode. Over the last 12 years, he has conceived and launched multiple successful start-ups across software, hardware, and professional services. Prior to his current venture, Ted served as the VP Marketing at Application Security the leading provider of database security solutions.

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