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Volume 13, Issue 13
February 9, 2011


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Dean announces new appointment

Engineering Dean Lance Collins is pleased to announce that ECE Professor Charles Seyler will be the next Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs starting July 1. "We express our deep gratitude to Professor David Gries who has served in this position through multiple reappointments since 2003," said Collins. A reception to celebrate Gries' outstanding service will be announced later this semester.


Kintner Celebration of Life

You are cordially invited to the Celebration of the Life of Paul M. Kintner, Jr. This event will feature speakers from the many facets of Paul's life. A reception will follow.

Place: Cornell University, the Biotech Building, Room G10, Ithaca, NY Date & Time: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 3:00-5:30 pm

Please RSVP to Laurie Shelton if you are likely to attend and include the number of people for planning purposes. If you have already sent an RSVP, thank you for your assistance.

If you would like to make a donation in Paul Kintner's memory, donations may be made by sending a check made out to "Cornell University" to Laurie Shelton, School of ECE, 304 Rhodes Hall. Donations may be made online via credit card. All donations will benefit the ECE Department and its programs and will be very much appreciated.


CCMR announces JumpStart awards

The Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart program, funded by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), has awarded four grants to small businesses, including two that will collaborate with Cornell faculty.

Ephesus Technologies, LLC., Syracuse, N.Y., will collaborate with Professor Eshan Afshari, ECE, to design an advanced radio frequency amplifier based on a gallium nitride thin film material on diamond substrates. MCB Clean Room Solutions, LLC., Honeoye Falls, N.Y., will collaborate with Professor Shefford Baker, MSE, to develop and characterize an aluminum nitride piezoelectric film for a micro-mechanical energy harvesting application.

JumpStart is designed to assist New York State small businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations; the ultimate goal being revenue growth and job creation. Projects receive up to $5000 in matching funds for costs that include faculty and their research staff, facilities, services, supplies, and materials.


DPE hosting Upstate LSAMP Conference

Diversity Programs in Engineering is hosting the Upstate LSAMP Conference in STEM, March 4 & 5, 2011. The theme of the conference is Progress Maximized. This two-day event is a professional development opportunity for students and also presents the chance for students to demonstrate their contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship by displaying their research posters. Further, this conference provides Upstateā€™s STEM educators/administrators and faculty the opportunity to network and share resources to continue to diversify STEM fields especially at the advanced degree level. The Upstate LSAMP institution members are Clarkson University, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. Other surrounding area colleges and universities are invited and highly encouraged to attend.

Conference Details Student Abstract Submission


BEE to showcase research in symposium

The 2011 Biological and Environmental Engineering Research Symposium will be held March 4th. This annual symposium showcases the exciting research carried out in the BEE department, promotes scientific exchange and encourages networking inside and outside the department. BEE graduate students, undergraduates, and researchers will share their latest findings as oral or poster presentations. Oral presentations will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 125 Riley Robb. The poster session will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 400 Riley-Robb. Topics include bioenvironmental engineering approaches to biofuels, biosensors, nanobiotechnology, sustainability, soil, water, and more. All members of the Cornell Community are welcome to come and explore BEE research. This event is open to the graduate community and is funded in part by the GPSAFC. Details and an abstract book are available on the BEE Web site.


Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Johannes Gehrke, CS, received a 2010 NEC Labs Data Management University Award for his research on "Data Management for Green Transportation."

Prof. Joe Halpern, CS, is the recipient of the 2011 ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award. He is being honored for his substantial and enormously influential contributions to the logical foundations of multi-agent systems, in particular, the computational foundations and applications of epistemic logic and reasoning under uncertainty. He will receive the award at the AAMAS-2011 conference in Taiwan, where he will present a plenary talk.

Graduate student Renato Paes Leme has been awarded the Microsoft Research Fellowship. The Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for outstanding PhD students nominated by their universities. This program supports men and women in their third and fourth years of Ph.D. graduate studies.


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