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Volume 13, Issue 16
March 23, 2011

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Expression of interest for new applied science campus in New York City

Cornell University has submitted an expression of interest to create a new applied science campus in New York City. This is a very exciting opportunity to create a new campus in New York City, with the associated faculty, research staff, and graduate students. The campus would be dedicated to research and education around the tech sector. The city is prepared to provide substantial support to a leading university who will commit to establishing a new applied sciences campus. NYC's goal is to strengthen the tech sector by increasing research leading to commercialization, all of which results in increased employment in NYC. The city's goal complements our existing goals—we are interested in increasing our interactions with companies and creating start-ups. We believe a NYC location could be instrumental in our ability to do that. Our expression of interest (which is not binding) includes a few preliminary ideas on the scope and focus of the research and education. The city will review all proposals, and then will move to the next step—an RFP. We expect that this summer. Assuming we and the city decide it makes sense for Cornell to respond to the RFP, we need to begin to prepare to submit a final proposal very soon. We will need to engage a number of you to finalize program and scope. The city intends to select its partner(s) in December 2011.

New AEP Web site is live

A new AEP Web site launched successfully March 18. The site was designed by CIT's Integrated Web Services in tandem with the college's new Web site and uses a similar look and architecture to aid users navigating between the two. One innovation of note is that the information on the AEP faculty profile pages is pulled from Activity Insight, the faculty reporting tool used across Cornell. Barbara Cain, former director of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, managed the project and is now working with IWS to bring the new look to several more schools and departments.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Sara Hernandez, director of Diversity Programs in Engineering, is a featured expert on The Unigo Expert Network is a group of top education experts across the United States dedicated to the success and well-being of high school students as they make the transition to college life.

Peter Jackson, professor of operations research and information engineering, has been awarded a GM R&D Innovation Award for his work on a simulation tool: "Business Process for Optimizing Retail Inventory."

Lois Pollack, associate professor of applied and engineering physics, has joined the Macromolecular Structure and Function B Study Section in the National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors.

Allison Truhlar, a biological and environmental engineering senior, has been selected to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She was one of 30 new recipients of the full boat scholarship for graduate study at the University of Cambridge announced last month. Truhlar, from Stony Brook, N.Y., will study in Cambridge's Department of Zoology with David Aldridge.

David P. Williamson, professor of operations research and information engineering, has received a Humboldt Research Award, which recognizes "fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights" that have had "significant impact" on a certain discipline. Williamson studies the design and analysis of polynomial time algorithms for the approximate solution of hard problems in discrete optimization, especially problems arising in network design, scheduling, facility, location, and routing. He focuses on the use of techniques from the area of mathematical programming for designing such algorithms, including such techniques as the primal-dual method and semidefinite programming.

Recent engineering news releases

  • Cornell Engineering ranked no. 10 by U.S. News
    The College of Engineering has seven of its graduate programs recognized in the top 10 in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. (March 17, 2011)

  • Physicists measure spin torque in memory devices
    Tomorrow's nonvolatile memory devices -- computer memory that can retain stored information even when not powered -- will profoundly change electronics, and Cornell researchers have discovered a new way of measuring and optimizing their performance. (March 9, 2011)

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