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Volume 13, Issue 7
November 3, 2010

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HR announces new staff members, open house

As progress continues toward implementation of the Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) for Engineering and Computing and Information Sciences, two new members have joined the HR team.  

Sue Shipman has been working with the central college part-time as an HR assistant for several months, while continuing her financial support role in BME and CBE. Sue will be full-time with the HRSC and is supporting the transition of staff support for the financial activities. She will continue to provide HR support to both BME and CBE, as well as other departments, after the transition.   

Amy Stewart has also joined the staff as an HR Assistant effective Monday, October 25. Amy has a B.S. in business management and economics, an MBA, and more than two years of experience as an HR assistant in Cornell’s admin HR and the Organizational Development and Learning Center. She will serve as an HR assistant in the HRSC and will also provide support for various HR data analysis and reporting needs.

The HR team has recently relocated to the lower level of Carpenter Hall, Suite B1. In celebration of the move, they will hold an open house Friday, November 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments, see the offices, and meet the staff.

CUAUV showcases Tachyon in Teagle pool

Last summer, the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team won the AUVSI international competition with its vehicle, Tachyon. On Sunday, November 21, CUAUV will showcase its winning vehicle with an open pool test at Teagle Hall from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Members of other project teams, Cornell alumni, team support staff, sponsors, faculty advisors, the Cornell community, and the Ithaca community are all invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to see Tachyon in action; view videos and slideshows depicting the team's history and accomplishments; and meet members of the 2010–2011 team.

For more details on CUAUV's Open Pool Test, visit

New assistant director of AAD joins Engineering

Dear Colleagues,
I am delighted to introduce the newest addition to the Engineering AAD staff, Jennifer Micale. Jennifer joined us as our new assistant director for development just in time for our Engineering College Council meeting last week!
Jennifer joins our team after spending five years developing a successful real estate practice here in the Ithaca area where she focused on developing and maintaining quality, long-term relationships with her clients. She also spent four years as the director for the American Heart Association of Ithaca where she was responsible for developing fundraising and educational programming and events for a three-county area. She also has experience in freelance advertising and marketing.

Jen's relationship-based experience in sales and marketing, as well as her experience managing relationships with a diverse group of volunteers and board members will serve her well.

Kathi Warren
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development   

Vodafone and mHealth Alliance call for project entries

The Vodafone Americas Foundation and mHealth Alliance have announced a call for entries for the third annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project and mHealth Alliance Award. The innovation project is a competition to identify and support promising wireless related technologies to address critical social issues around the globe. Grant amounts are:

  • 1st place: $300,000
  • 2nd place: $200,000
  • 3rd place: $100,000
  • mHealth Alliance Award: $50,000*

*developer of an innovative wireless technology with the most potential to address critical health challenges

For more information, including elegibility and evaluation criteria, or to apply, visit the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project Web site. Deadline is December 15.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Asst Prof. Peter Frazier, ORIE, was among 43 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals to the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. Frazier will explore decision-theoretic methods in simulation optimization.

Christine Tan, a BME Ph.D. student in the lab of Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, received double honors at the recent AVS 57th International Symposium. She received the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award, established in 1982 and competitively awarded to a top graduate student for excellence in research and academic record. Tan also received a Young Investigator Award (Biomaterials Interface Division) awarded to researchers under age 35 for her oral presentation.

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