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Volume 13, Issue 14
February 23, 2011

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Schneider elected to NAE

Fred Schneider, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

In its announcement, the academy cited Schneider for his contributions to the design of trustworthy and secure computer systems. He is chief scientist of the National Science Foundation-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, a collaboration involving researchers at five universities, including Cornell. He serves on the Department of Commerce Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board and the Department of Defense Science Board, is a member of the Computing Research Association's board of directors and a council member of the Computing Community Consortium. He co-chairs Microsoft's external advisory board on trustworthy computing.

Facilities support changes

Facilities support for the Engineering Quad area buildings has been defined and important changes began February 14.

-A Facilities Web site is available to provide you with quick access to information about facilities support. Key topics and links include "How to Receive Services," "Facilities Services," "Service Levels," "Support Staff," an "'Supported Facilities." A major change is that facilities personnel are now assigned by building rather than department or unit.

-A new Help Desk ticket system went online for all supported buildings on February 14. Facilities is using this new system to manage all requests for services. It will help them to react quickly with the appropriate response for each facilities related request.

-Requests for facilities services can be made by submitting a Help Desk ticket; alternatively you can e-mail the ticket system or contact your assigned facilities support staff directly.

-Buildings supported are: 109 Dearborn, 301 College, Bard, Carpenter, Duffield, Grumman, Hi-Volt, Hollister, Kimball, Olin, Langmuir, Phillips, Rhodes, Snee, Thurston, Upson, and Ward. Faculty and staff in Weill and Clark/PSB are not impacted by this change.

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, N.Y.
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.

Special screening of Top Secret Rosies

Date: Monday, March 14
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister

In 1942 soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a secret military program was launched to recruit female mathematicians who would become human computers for the U.S. military. Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII shares a story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Learn more about the film. Submit RSVP.

This event is sponsored by Diversity Programs in Engineering & the Society of Women Engineers.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Wilf Brutsaert, the W.L. Lewis Professor of Engineering, has received an honorary membership in the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources. This honor was awarded for his "numerous lifetime contributions to hydrologic and water resources science," and as a token of “gratitude and appreciation by this Society.”

Computer science graduate student Renato Paes Leme has been awarded a Microsoft Research Fellowship. Paes Leme is using a blend of techniques from economics, computer science and mathematics to model and analyze properties of the auction methods used to sell advertisements for Web pages.

Hod Lipson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computing and information science, was an invited speaker at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, Feb. 17-21 in Washington, D.C. He gave two talks: "Self-Reflective Machines" on Feb. 19, and "Digital Bioprinting" on Feb. 21.

Recent engineering news releases

Notice math all around; 'it really is beautiful,' says Strogatz
Mathematics has the potential to be far more than just numbers in a classroom; it can provide insights into such events as O.J. Simpson's murder trial or certain TV shows, said Professor Steven Strogatz at a group discussion at William Keeton House Feb. 10. (Feb. 14, 2011)

AguaClara to bring more water treatment plants to Honduras With five of their treatment plants serving 15,000 Hondurans with clean water and three more plants forthcoming, the student engineering team AguaClara is anything but stagnant. From new filtration technologies to get water cleaner than ever to handing over fundraising efforts to partner organizations, the team shared its latest innovations, insights and experiences Feb. 7 in Hollister Hall. (Feb. 9, 2011)

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.