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Volume 13, Issue 15
March 9, 2011

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BOOM 2011 student project showcase is today

Cornell students will show off their digital technology research projects focusing on forward-thinking, cutting-edge innovations at the annual BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) showcase today, at the Duffield Hall Atrium from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

BOOM 2011 features dozens of projects from student researchers in engineering, computer science and materials science, veterinary science, art, biology, music, humanities—everything from game software to robotics to autonomous aircraft and submarines.

Violet takes second in Nanosat-6

The Violet student satellite team won second place in the sixth University Nanosatellite Program, a competition sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, after a flight review in Albuquerque, N.M earlier this year.

A first place finish would have guaranteed a launch date, but team adviser Mason Peck is working with the team and Air Force Research Lab managers to find Violet a launch opportunity. The high interest Violet received from the aerospace industry and the Air Force means that it will likely launch, the associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering said, "in late 2012, if all goes well ... as [Violet's mission] is so relevant to the Air Force's research goals." read more

20 undergrads get Intel research funding

Twenty engineering undergraduates have received a total of $134,000 in Undergraduate Research Opportunities awards from the Intel Foundation, directed by the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Education Alliance.

“As a college, we are committed to providing opportunities for our undergraduate students to experience first-hand the intellectual challenge and excitement of participating in the research endeavor,” said Lance R. Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. read more

Cornell-Cantabria program gets honorable mention

The College of Engineering and the Universidad de Cantabria have received an honorable mention for Best Practices in International Partnerships from the International Institute of Education for the Cornell-Cantabria Exchange Program (CCEP).

Engineers need to possess global skills, and, increasingly in the United States, the ability to understand Spanish. "The CCEP was designed specifically to address these two challenges," says Provost W. Kent Fuchs, "to allow students with a solid high-school background in the Spanish language to take Cornell College of Engineering curriculum-approved courses, primarily in English, while studying at the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain, for a full academic year."

The institute will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 18, 2011, as part of the Sixth Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.

Professor Emeritus Christopher Pottle dies

Christopher Pottle, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died Feb. 15 at his home in Oxford, Maine. He was 79.

Pottle came to Cornell in 1962, serving on the faculty of electrical and computer engineering until he retired in 1998. He was a founder of the Department of Computer Science and was known for his forward-thinking approach, constantly incorporating new technologies in a field that changed rapidly during his 36 years of teaching. He was also known for his dedication to creating a positive educational experience for his students and could often be found with them, sleeves rolled up, hard at work in the labs that were a central part of the electrical engineering curriculum.

Pottle is survived by his wife, Marcia; children; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Online condolences may be expressed to the family. read more

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

ECE emeritus professor Toby Berger, the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor Engineering, has received the IEEE's Richard W. Hamming Medal "For contributions to Information Theory, including source coding and its applications."

Rafael Pass, Ashutosh Saxena, and Hakim Weatherspoon, all assistant professors in computer science, have received 2011 Sloan Research Fellowhips from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The awards recognize early-career scientists and scholars for their achievements and their potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Drawn from 54 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, 118 fellows were awarded $50,000 each in such disciplines as chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience and physics.

Cornell LSAMP Scholar and materials science and engineering senior Florencia Paredes took top honors in the technology and engineering division of the poster competition at the 2011 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington, D.C. on February 26. This conference is a joint effort of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation and brings together undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF Human Resource Development Unit.

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