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Volume 13, Issue 1
August 11, 2010

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Catch up on the summer's Engineering news

If you've been away over the summer, we invite you to catch up on the Engineering news you missed in the June and July issues of Information Update.

Web site offers updates on support functions

Earlier this summer we announced plans to change the way we support important activities in the areas of human resources, information technology, facilities, and financial transactions. Many individuals have been working hard all summer on implementation details.

We have established a Web site to keep everyone updated on planning and implementation of the many activities designed to improve quality and efficiency in services. The site offers an update of each functional area; additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

We hope that all members of the engineering community are comfortable directly asking questions and offering suggestions to the various teams working on developing new solutions. However, there may be cases where some prefer to offer suggestions anonymously. Accordingly, we have also included a form on the Web site for staff and faculty to provide feedback or ask questions anonymously.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Casey Kraning, a PhD student in Asst Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King's BME lab, has received a Graduate Student Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society for her extended abstract titled "Metastatic Cells from Breast and Prostate Generate Increased Force Compared to Non-Metastatic Cells." The abstract co-authors are Shawn P. Carey, Joseph P. Califano, and Cynthia A. Reinhart-King. The award includes a certificate, registration for the Annual BMES Meeting, and a stipend of $500 to assist with travel expenses.

For the second year in a row, the Cornell Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team took top honors at an international competition.The team's vehicle, Tachyon, beat out 23 other teams from five countries at the 13th annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International competition held July 13-18 in San Diego, Calif.

Asst Prof. Alyosha Molnar, ECE, has received a 2010 DARPA Young Faculty Award. The YFA program is intended to identify rising research stars in U.S. academic institutions. One of 33 researchers selected this year, Molnar was recognized for his work in bio-inspired optical image compression in CMOS.

Professor Mark Psiaki, MAE, and graduate student Shan Mohiuddin received a Best Paper Award at the 2010 AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Conferenceon August 3 in Toronto. Their work, "Continuous-Time Kalman Filtering with Implicit Discrete Measurement Times," was chosen based on technical and scientific excellence.

Asst Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King has been selected to receive the Biomedical Engineering Society's Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award. The award recognizines originality and ingenuity in a peer-reviewed journal. Reinhart-King will also present the Rita Schaffer Memorial Lecture at the BMES annual meeting in October

2010 teaching and advising awards announced

Congratulations to the following members of the Engineering community on receiving college teaching and advising awards:

College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Awards:
Ehsan Afshari, ECE, Michael Tien '72 award
Joseph Burns, MAE, Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie award
Kathryn Caggiano, ORIE, Sonny Yau '72 award
Mark Campbell, MAE, Douglas Whitney '61 award
Peter Diamessis, CEE, Daniel M. Lazar '29 award
Oliver Gao, CEE, James and Mary Tien award
Joseph Halpern, CS, Kenneth A. Goldman '71
Peter Jackson, ORIE, Dorothy and Fred Chau MS '74 award
Al Molnar, ECE, Michael Tien '72 award
Andrew Myers, CS, James and Mary Tien award
Mark Psiaki, MAE, Ralph S. Watts '72 award
David Putnam, BME, Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 award
Farhan Rana, ECE, Michael Tien ‘72 award
Cynthia Reinhart-King, BME, Sonny Yau '72 award
Fred Schneider, CS, John Swanson '61 ME in honor of his mother, Dorothy G. Swanson award
Jeffrey Varner, CBE, Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker award

James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Advising Awards:
T. Michael Duncan, CBE
Christine Shoemaker, CEE

Please note: last year's advising award winners were inadvertently listed in the email edition of Information Update. Our apologies to Professors Duncan and Shoemaker.

Presenters invited for Postdoc Research Symposium

To celebrate the National Postdoc Appreciation Day, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the Postdoc Advisory Committee are organizing an event for all Cornell Postdocs to share their work and meet each other. The Cornell Postdoc Research Symposium, including a poster session and reception, will be held Thursday, September 30, from 4 to 6 G10 BIotech.

The poster session is all-inclusive featuring research in Arts and Humanities, Health and Life Sciences (including Weill Medical Center), Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Postdocs interested in presenting a poster, please e-mail Christine Holmes. All are invited to attend the poster session and reception.

Personnel Updates

Barbara Cain, director of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, is beginning phased retirement on August 16; she will continue to work half-time for the college for an additional six months, either on site or telecommuting from Vermont depending on her actual relocation date. Barbara has been at Cornell since 1982; she joined the staff in Engineering in 1991 as a member of what was then Engineering Publications. She became director of the re-named office in 1998. She was founding editor of Cornell Engineering Magazine; other notable projects include the 2004 Web redesign (with Betsy East); the Research without Boundaries brochure; the college history; the marketing and branding initiative; and the Web redesign currently in progress. She and her husband are moving to Vermont to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law and especially their 10-month-old grandson.

Tremayne “Trey” Waller will join the Diversity Programs in Engineering staff as associate director on September 1. Trey joins the DPE team after having served as the associate director for advising and diversity in College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Trey has worked and researched extensively in matters involving recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of under-represented students. He earned a Ph.D. with a certificate in race and social policy in 2009 in the School of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He also holds a master's degree in counseling from Radford University and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts education from Averett University.  

CESS offers Academic English for Graduate Students

The Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is pleased to offer a new program, Academic English for Graduate Students, designed to help international students at U.S. graduate schools succeed in their academic writing and speaking.

Students in this program can choose from three courses:

  • an academic writing course
  • an academic speaking/listening/culture course
  • an advanced academic writing course

Class sizes are small, homework is limited, and instruction is tailored to the specific needs of students in the class. All three courses bear transcript credit and are graded S/U.

To find out more about this program, please visit the Continuing Education and Summer Sessions Web site, call 607.255.7259, or e-mail

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to 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.