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Volume 14, Issue 11
January 25, 2012


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CornellNYC Tech Campus info sessions

Dean Lance Collins and Computing and Information Science Dean Dan Huttenlocher invite you to learn more about the CornellNYC Tech Campus, and how the College of Engineering and CIS will be integrated into the programs that will engage us in the city. Both deans will be on hand to offer more details about this opportunity, as well as to answer questions. A faculty session will be held 3:30–5:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, in 155 Olin Hall and will also include Craig Gotsman, academic lead from the Technion. A session for staff will be held 1:00–2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, in room G10 of the Biotechnology Building.


Staffing updates

Heidi Hart-Gorman has joined the college as director of administration for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering departments. Heidi comes to Cornell from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she held the positions of associate director of finance and administration in the Center for Public Leadership as well as ombudsman for the school. Her prior experience includes a position as administrative manager for the Center for Health and Policy Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Heidi holds a B.A. in psychology from Lemoyne College and both an MBA and Master of Social Work from Boston College.

Katie Ferguson Lovejoy joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations January 5 as a program assistant. Katie will support the office in areas including corporate and foundation visits, proposal submissions, gift processing, stewardship, and company tracking. Katie's career includes positions in CALS as assistant to the chair in the Department of Communications, in Human Resources, as a benefits specialist, in Facilities, Cornell Catering, and the Johnson School. She holds a B.A. in communication studies and political science from SUNY, Oneonta and an Associate of Occupational Studies degree from the Culinary Institute of America.


CCMR announces Jumpstart Awards

Three engineering faculty members will collaborate with New York businesses this semester through the Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart Program. Professor Chris Ober, Materials Science and Engineering, will collaborate with Intrinsiq Materials Company of Rochester, N.Y. to investigate copper nano-particles in low cost print processable conductive inks for the electronics industry. Professor Emmanuel Giannelis, Materials Science and Engineering, will collaborate with Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc. of Syracuse, N.Y. to transform a unique nanoparticle technology into a light curable primer coating for use on plastics that will reduce energy consumption and solvent emissions. Professor Kenneth Hover, Civil and Environmental Engineering, will collaborate with Thalle Industries Inc. of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. to develop a manufactured sand blend yielding a workability desired by concrete producers and turning a waste product into a resource.


The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development

The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is accepting entries from students of all engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry. By submitting a paper that outlines contributions to sustainability, students have an opportunity to engage in a challenging exercise to develop engineering and chemical solutions and win $65,000 in cash prizes for themselves, their faculty advisors, and their universities. All entries are due by May 31, 2012.


Awards and honors in the engineering community

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Larry Cathles was recognized in December for creating a "Sign of Sustainability" by the Sustainable Tompkins Board of Directors. His course, "Energy and Mineral Resources of the Earth" in which students assessed the potential to replace coal-fired electricity production at AES Cayuga's Milliken Station power plant in Lansing with alternative energy sources, was cited.

Applied and Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Gregory Fuchs and Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Kevin Tang are among 48 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Fuchs' proposal is "Spatiotemporal Imaging of Magnetization Dynamics at the Nanoscale: Breaking the Diffraction Limit." Tang's is "Non-adaptive End-to-end Diagnosis for Complex Networks."

Tony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named one of TIME Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2011.


Recent engineering news

  • Center for Advanced Computing receives national award
    The Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) has received a High-Performance Computing Innovation Excellence Award from the International Data Corp. "for the outstanding application of HPC (high-performance computing) for business and scientific achievements" for crunching hepatitis C virus data up to 175 times faster on its experimental MATLAB computing resource. (Jan. 9)
  • Sustainable seaweed: Researchers explore algae-based animal feed
    The pigs and poultry in Professor Xingen Lei's lab have been consuming feed one wouldn't expect in Ithaca: marine algae. (Jan. 18)


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