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Volume 13, Issue 17
April 6, 2011

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Space Planning Project

The college has engaged Payette Architects to recommend how Engineering can best utilize its existing facilities over the next ten years. The scope of the study is to identify options that assume little or no overall growth in net square footage. Payette is looking at all current College of Engineering space, as well as Computing and Information Science and Office of the Vice Provost for Research space in "engineering quad" buildings. This study is necessary to ensure our facilities will meet the needs of faculty, staff, and students for the next decade, assuming the master plan will continue to be on hold due to budget constraints.

Payette has completed drafts of a "College Profile," including an appendix with the detailed data gathered from their walk-through, and an "Assessment of Conditions and Space Utilization." The space planning working group is developing a process for the units to validate the data collected, and later this month Payette will meet with departments, research centers, and other units to understand the space implications of their strategic plans. With that input, Payette will produce a series of alternatives for utilization optimization and renovations. The space plan should be complete sometime this summer.

International travel assistance services now provided by MEDEX

Effective March 18, 2011, Cornell faculty, students, and staff are covered by MEDEX Global Solutions when travelling abroad on university business. MEDEX provides emergency evacuation assistance, medical referrals worldwide, and can provide travel assistance in emergency situations. Comprehensive MEDEX services are free for members of the Cornell community traveling on Cornell business, and they may be purchased at a discount for personal travel. For more information, see the Cornell Chronicle coverage and the International Gateway site

Lal promoted to full professor

Amit Lal, electrical and computer engineering, has been promoted to the rank of full professor. His interests are in developing concepts and technologies leading to integrated microsystems using micro and nanoscale fabrication techniques. Lal, who directs the SonicMEMS Laboratory, was recently featured in a video interview by SPIE on the proliferation of sensors.

Awards and Honors in the Engineering community

Seven engineering students are 2011 Merrill Presidential Scholars: Madison Pearsall (ISST), Matthew Monaghan (MAE), Andrea Bowring (MSE), Eun Gi Chung (ORIE), Christopher Dembia (MAE), Mengliang Yu (ECE), and Bernard Cammarata (BEE). Merrill Presidential Scholars rank among the top one percent of the class in their respective schools and colleges. They are chosen not only because of their outstanding academic achievements, but also because they have demonstrated a remarkable intellectual drive, energetic leadership abilities, and a propensity to contribute to the betterment of society.

In March, Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz won a three-year fellowship to Churchill College, Cambridge, starting October 2011. He entered a competition for which nine fellows (in four Cambridge colleges) were chosen out of 800 applicants. Luzzatto-Fegiz completed his Ph.D. in January 2011, with adviser Charles Williamson, in mechanical and aerospace engineering, on the subject "Equilibrium and Stability in Vortex and Wave Flows." He is presently a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell.

Recent Engineering news releases

  • Researchers trace ripples in Saturn, Jupiter rings
    A curious corrugated pattern in Saturn's rings and similar features in Jupiter's main ring could be the residual effects of comet collisions, report astronomers at Cornell and the SETI Institute. (April 1, 2011)

  • Professor's algorithms unlock Van Gogh mysteries
    A Cornell electrical engineering professor is helping art historians do a little detective work by using computing algorithms to identify which of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings came from the same original rolls of canvas. (March 30, 2011)

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