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Volume 13, Issue 5
October 6, 2010

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Michal Lipson named a MacArthur Foundation fellow

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Michal Lipson, Cornell associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, one of 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2010 -- the so-called "Genius Awards." She will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. Lipson is a pioneer in the development of photonic circuits, in which beams of light flitting through tiny waveguides on a silicon chip replace electric currents. The MacArthur Foundation cites her as one of the first to work with such circuits on a silicon base, where they can be manufactured with the same technologies used to make electronic microchips. She demonstrated methods to guide, filter, bend and split light on silicon chips at much smaller dimensions than attained by previous researchers, offering the promise of photonic circuits as small as current electronic chips. Read more online

Three Cornell students awarded 2010 Intel Fellowships

Three Cornell graduate students have each received a 2010 Ph.D. Fellowship Award from Intel Corp. The award, which recognizes the recipients’ potential as future technology leaders, includes tuition for one year, a stipend, an opportunity to connect with an Intel mentor, and a travel grant. Students and their faculty advisers are:

Lucian Leahu, CIS (Assoc. Prof. Phoebe Sengers)
Thesis: Rethinking the Role of Machine Representations in HCI

Steven Tin, ECE (Assoc. Prof. Amit Lal)
Thesis: Applications on beta-emitting radioisotope thin films for micropower and lithography

Shuang Zhao, CS (Assoc. Prof. Kavita Bala)
Thesis: Scalable Interactive RenderingThe highly competitive fellowship program requires students first to be selected by their universities to apply.

The Intel PhD Fellowship program focuses on research in Intel’s technical areas: Hardware Systems Technology and Design, Software Technology and Design, and Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing. In 2010, 27 fellowships were awarded.

Fab@Home team wins Editor's Choice in Maker Faire 2010

Assoc Prof. Hod Lipson, MAE, and his Fab@Home team presented their DIY 3D printer model 2 at the first World Maker Faire held September 25–26 at the New York Hall of Science in Queen, where more than 450 makers exhibited their projects to over 10,000 visitors. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the Fab@Home team received an Editor's Choice blue ribbon.

Maker Faire, organized by Reilly Media, celebrates creativity and innovation in the areas (and intersections of) craft, technology, design, performance, science, and engineering. It is designed to unite, inspire, inform, and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Reilly calls these people "Makers."

BMES chapter earns national award

The Cornell BMES chapter has been selected for a Meritorious Achievement Award by National BMES. This award is presented to student chapters that are judged to have "outstanding chapter activities and achievements." Cornell BMES will be recognized at the chapter development meeting at the BMES annual meeting next week in Austin, Texas.

Co-op award winners announced

Last month the following winners of the 2010 Co-op Awards were announced at a Welcome Back Reception for 09–10 co-op participants.

Co-op of the Year:
Scott Lichtentha ’11 ChE for his work at Procter and Gamble

Supervisor of the Year:
Jack Vandenberge at LMI for his mentoring of Daniel Rubin ’11 ORE

Distinguished Honors (Students):
Danielle Brody ’11 ChE for her work at Air Products and Chemicals
Lauren Hamme ’11 ORE for her work at LMI

Distinguished Honors (Supervisors):
Robert Dobbs at Primet Precision Materials for his mentoring of Alan Argondizza ’11 ME
Sam Hawksworth at Ernst & Young for his mentoring of Lewis King ’11 ORE
Michael Meyer at UBS for his mentoring of William Christopher Fawcett ’11 ORE
Joseph Schier at National Grid for his mentoring of Tal Akabas ’11 CEE
Alec Stevens at DMI for his mentoring of Justin Finkle ’11 BEE

Exemplary Student Ambassadors:
Tal Akabas ’11 CEE for his work at National Grid
William Christopher Fawcett ’11 ORE for his work at UBS
Brian Harding ’11 ECE for his work at Space Systems/Loral
Catherine Jubinski ’11 ECE for her work at Booz Allen Hamilton
William Lutz ’11 ChE for his work at ExxonMobil
Andrew Ryan ’11 ChE for his work at Infineum
Daniel Rubin ’11 ORE for his work at LMI
Joshua Taillon ’11 MSE for his work at Amphenol PCD

COMSOL offers demo of Multiphysics version 4 on Oct 26

On October 26, COMSOL will offer a free workshop in 471 Rhodes Hall to demonstrate the new capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4. The software now features CAD LiveLinks to Pro/ENGINEER®, SolidWorks®, and Inventor®. Additional capabilities include geometric-parametric sweeps, cluster computing and additional solvers, as well as enhancements to many of the different physics simulated. The program includes an introduction and live demonstration from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by a hands-on session from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get a temporary license of the software for evaluation. Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised. For more information, phone or e-mail Yeswanth Rao, 781-273-3322.

Save the date: Staff luncheon

Please mark your calendars: The dean’s annual holiday luncheon for College of Engineering staff will be held on Tuesday, December 14, from noon to 2 p.m. Details to come, but save the date now!

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