Volume 13, Issue 8
November 17, 2010
In this issue:
- Community mourns the loss of Engineering faculty member
- HRSC open house rescheduled for December 6
- Cornell's Chem-E-Car wins again
- Tompkins to teach "7 Habits" workshop
- Awards and honors in the Engineering community
- Mailing list offers entrepreneur topics
- Recent engineering news releases
Community mourns the loss of Engineering faculty member
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that one of our most esteemed faculty members, ECE Prof. Paul Kintner, has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Paul joined Cornell as a research associate in 1976 and was appointed to the faculty in 1981. He headed Cornell’s Global Positioning System Laboratory and received many accolades for his numerous contributions in solar and space physics. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Paul also found time to serve on several important NASA and National Research Council advisory committees. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a Jefferson Fellow for the U.S. Department of State, advising the government on global positioning systems, space weather, navigation satellite systems, and other defense-related topics.
Please join me in offering heartfelt condolences to the Kintner family. Paul was one of our shining stars and he will be sorely missed. Paul did not want a funeral. Instead, his family is planning a celebration of his life. Details will be shared with the engineering community when they have been finalized.
Dean of Engineering
HRSC open house rescheduled for December 6
The Human Resources Service Center for Engineering and Computing and Information Sciences open house announced in the November 3 issue of Information Update has been rescheduled for Monday, December 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Recently relocated to suite B1 in lower level of Carpenter Hall, the HRSC invites everyone to stop by, enjoy refreshments, see the offices, and meet the staff.
Cornell's Chem-E-Car wins again
For the second time in three years, the Cornell Chemical Engineering Car Team finished first at the AIChE National Conference. The competition was held in Salt Lake City on November 7. There were 32 teams from universities across the United States participating. More information is available online.
Tompkins to teach "7 Habits" workshop
Linda Tompkins, assistant director of Engineering Learning Initiatives, will lead a three-day workshop based on Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, January 10-12. The course is being hosted by Cornell Organizational Development and is being offered for $500. Course fee includes a 360 assessment, course materials, continental breakfast, break service and lunch. More information is available online.
Awards and honors in the Engineering community
Prof. Chris Xu, AEP, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America. (This item incorrectly named Prof. Alex Gaeta as fellow in the emailed version of this newsletter.)
The Cornell Board of Trustees has recently approved the following appointments and promotions:
- David H. Albonesi, ECE, was promoted to Professor
- Sunil A. Bhave, ECE, was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure
- Tsuhan Chen, ECE, was elected the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering
- Paulette Clancy, CBE, was elected the Samuel W. and M. Diane Bodman Professor in Chemical Engineering
- Fernando Escobedo, CBE, was elected the Marjorie L. Hart Professor of Engineering
- James R. Engstrom, CBE, was reappointed as the B.P. Amoco/H Laurance Fuller Professor
- Mason A. Peck, MAE, was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure
- Matthew Pritchard, EAS, was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure
- Darrell G. Schlom, MSE, was elected the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry
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Gioia De Cari performed her one-woman-show on the plights of being a woman at MIT Nov. 11 and 12; a faculty panel followed each performance.
For the second time in three years, the Cornell Chemical Engineering Car team won the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student car competition, which took place Nov. 7 in Salt Lake City.
Philanthropist and retired businessman Fred Young '64, M.Eng. '66, MBA '66, has committed $11 million to CCAT, a proposed 25-meter aperture telescope in Chile's Atacama desert.
Salman Avestimehr, Peter Frazier and Kyle Shen are among this year's 38 winners of the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program.
Fifteen faculty members affiliated with Cornell's entrepreneurship program have been honored with Louis H. Zalaznick Faculty Support Grants to help them expand their courses or add teaching assistants.
Two initiatives to streamline Cornell's purchasing and financial transactions should save at least $31.8 million annually by 2015, says VP Joanne DeStefano at a public forum.
Entrepreneur, columnist and author James Altucher '89 recounted how his various failed businesses taught him valuable lessons that eventually reaped him success, in a Nov. 4 talk on campus.
Collaborative research by scientists at Cornell in Ithaca and at Weill Cornell Medical College has yielded new clues into what happens when a Parkinson's disease-associated protein behaves badly.
Recent engineering news releases
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