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Volume 13, Issue 20
May 18, 2011

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New MAE director appointed

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to announce that Mark Campbell has accepted the position of S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for a five year term starting July 1, 2011. I look forward to working closely with Mark as he assumes the leadership of MAE. I am very grateful to Alan Zehnder for his outstanding work in a number of critical roles, most recently as interim director. Alan has worked tirelessly to manage a number of key transitions, first from being the director of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, then associate director of MAE after the MAE/TAM merger, and working to lead the MAE department in a time of change. Please join me in thanking both Alan and Mark for their past and future leadership and service.

Best regards,
Lance Collins
Dean of Engineering

Engineering Library transition

As announced last year, the Engineering Library collection will move out of Carpenter Hall this summer. The space will remain available for studying and computer access. Details and background are available on the library's Web site. The librarians will begin moving books on May 23. All books that have circulated in the last five years will remain on central campus with most going to Uris Library. The circulation desk will remain open until June 30, when the last volumes will be moved out. Librarians Steven Rockey, Jill Powell, and Jeremy Cusker will remain in their Carpenter offices and continue to assist users as in the past, as well as build and steward a substantial and growing electronic collection. They can be reached individually or As in previous years, the upstairs ACCEL computer lab rooms will be closed for the summer beginning Friday, May 20. The reading room/study area, including the computer area, the group study rooms, and the Blue Room computer lab, will remain open.

Staffing update

Engineering Co-op and Career Services has recently added three new staff members to its team. Kimberlee Swartz is assistant director with primary responsibility for the Co-operative Education Program. Kim served as career services coordinator for the Cornell Program in Real Estate, and previously at the Cornell Public Service Center and in management roles at Wegmans Food Markets. Julie Trescot is co-op assistant. Julie served the last 5½ years as an administrative assistant at Gannett Health Services/Sports Medicine and previously worked at various doctor and medical offices locally. Cynda Farnham is front desk operations assistant (half-time). Cynda served many years at Cornell as assistant to the chair and graduate field representative in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics.

Data Cleanup deadline is June 1

Every Cornell Engineering employee must validate that their university-owned computers are either free of confidential data or are properly secured by June 1. This must be done for all university-owned computers, including those used at home, laptops, research computers, etc. The university is providing Identity Finder to help find possible confidential data, which includes Social Security, credit card, driver's license, and bank account numbers, as well as protected health information. The software can be downloaded from the Engineering Data Cleanup intranet page, where step-by-step instructions and more information can also be found. The time required to review results varies, but those from a typical desktop take about an hour. Supervisors and principal investigators will determine who is responsible for scanning each shared file storage and computer. Everyone must attest that they have removed or secured all confidential data on their university-owned computers. Compliance with this process is mandatory for all Cornell employees.

ISTEC 2011 Workshop: Simulation in Engineering Education

Integration of Simulation Technology into Engineering Curricula (ISTEC): A University-Industry Workshop will be held July 22–23 at Cornell University. In order to scale up the effective use of advanced simulation in curricula, there needs to be increased collaboration among the major stakeholders: educators, industry practitioners, software vendors, educational researchers, professional societies, and funding agencies. The ISTEC 2011 workshop will bring together these major stakeholders in a sustained conversation. The following areas are of particular interest: finite-element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, multi-body dynamics and control, and general-purpose numerical analysis and programming. Register. For more information contact Rajesh Bhaskaran.

Free MATLAB, ANSYS, and FLUENT training

Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation in MAE, will offer three free software training sessions.

  • MATLAB for program development, May 18
  • ANSYS Workbench for finite-element analysis, May 20
  • ANSYS FLUENT for computational fluid dynamics, May 23

These hands-on sessions will be held in 471 Rhodes Hall, 12 noon–2 p.m. Examples presented will be drawn from the MAE curriculum. These introductory sessions are primarily intended for faculty who would like to use these tools in courses. Others are also welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be provided. To reserve a spot, send Patti Wojcik your name, netID, and title (faculty, student etc.).

Awards and honors in the engineering community

Jon Kleinberg, the Tisch University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is among 72 new members of the National Academy of Sciences announced May 3. Election to the academy recognizes scientists' "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research."

Michel Louge, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been chosen to receive a 2011 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award. He will be honored May 28 at a trustee-faculty dinner recognizing university-wide teaching and advising awardees and newly tenured faculty.

Aerospace engineering Ph.D. student Riley Schutt has been selected out of more than 2,900 applicants to receive a 2011 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship awarded by the Department of Defense. The scholarship provides tuition and a stipend for three years of study. The fellowships are awarded "to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering." The project he is working on, with Professor Charles Williamson, is defining and understanding unsteady sail propulsion mechanisms, and he has an involvement with the upcoming America's Cup team "Artemis."

Recent engineering news releases

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