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Volume 13, Issue 21
June 15, 2011

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Tenure promotions and emeritus approvals

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff,

At the most recent meeting of the board of trustees, the committee that approves tenure recommendations promoted two Cornell Engineering faculty members, effective July 1. Please join me in congratulating CEE assistant professor H. Oliver Gao and MAE assistant professor David Erickson, both of whom were appointed associate professor with indefinite tenure.

In appreciation of their career contributions, the board also approved emeritus status for MAE professors K. Bingham Cady; David Caughey; and Francis Moon, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Mechanical Engineering; also effective July 1. Please join me in thanking them for their distinguished service to the college and university.

Best regards,

Lance Collins Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Academic leadership appointments

Dean Lance Collins has announced several new academic leadership appointments effective July 1. Alex Gaeta has been appointed director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. Mark Campbell has been appointed director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Larry Brown has been re-appointed as chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Linda Nozick, CEE, has been re-appointed as director of the Systems Engineering Program. Charles Seyler, ECE, has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate programs. Effective January 1, 2012, Alan Zehnder, MAE, will be associate dean for diversity and faculty recruitment.

JumpStart deadline

The JumpStart application period closes June 30. The Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart program is an innovative matching grant program delivering university resources and expertise to small businesses in New York. Awardees receive a one to one match for every dollar of company expense up to $5,000. Allowable project expenses include faculty, student and staff time, instrumentation fees, materials and supplies. Up to one-third of the total project costs may be in the form of non-cash company contributions, such as salaries, and travel expenses. Total project costs will not exceed $15,000. Projects will begin in September 2011. The application deadline is Thursday, June 30, 5 p.m. Apply here. Contact: John Sinnott, industrial partnerships manager, (607) 255-7070.

XDL 2011

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is hosting six workshops throughout June in the Robert Purcell Community Center. The series of two-day gatherings, titled XDL 2011, will focus on new science at the hard X-ray diffraction limit—research that will be possible for the first time with ultra-brilliant, ultra-fast coherent X-ray sources like the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL), a linear accelerator currently in development at Cornell.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

Sara Xayarath Hernández, director of Diversity Programs in Engineering, has been elected treasurer of the board for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).

Recent engineering news releases

  • Microbe efficiencies could make better fuel cells
    Like mutual back-scratching, two common bacteria involved in what was thought to be only a marginally important relationship actually help each other thrive when grown together in bioreactors, Cornell scientists have discovered. (June 9)

  • Artificial tissue promotes skin growth in wounds
    Improved tissue grafts designed by Cornell scientists that promote vascular growth could hasten healing, encourage healthy skin to invade the wounded area and reduce the need for surgeries. (May 16)

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