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Volume 14, Issue 12
February 8, 2012

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Center for Sustainable Engineering workshops

The Center for Sustainable Engineering is accepting applications for two workshops in June. CSE is dedicated to helping engineering professors update their courses and develop new ones to account for rapidly changing world conditions that are transforming the practice of engineering. The workshops provide guidance so that the impacts of engineering decisions on the environment, society, and the economy can be included in courses across the engineering curriculum. The workshops will be held June 4–5 and June 7–8 in Syracuse. Registration ends March 1. For further application information, please contact Carol Stokes-Cawley. For further information about the technical content of the workshops, contact Cliff Davidson. A slightly shorter version of the CSE workshop will be presented May 15–16 before the IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology in Boston.

Atkinson Center RFP for Academic Venture Fund

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future announces the 2012 RFP for its Academic Venture Fund. This program is internal to Cornell and designed to stimulate new, original, multidisciplinary research in sustainability science, emphasizing work that has the potential to involve external partners such as industry, government, foundations, and other non-governmental organizations. Thirty-five projects have been funded since 2008. We seek proposals from Cornell faculty across all colleges and schools, encompassing all disciplines contributing to sustainability. More information.

CAT call for proposals

The Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise, a NYSTAR-sponsored Center for Advanced Technology, is soliciting proposals for CAT grants. Awards require collaborative applied research and technology transfer with industry that will lead to quantifiable economic impact in New York State. New faculty are encouraged to apply with innovative projects that might be of future interest to industry and to collaborate with potential industrial partners when preparing the proposal. Multi-investigator proposals between scientists in different disciplines and between faculty in the Medical College and the Ithaca/Geneva campuses are especially encouraged. Apply by March 23.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

Tony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received two 2011 citations from Sustainable Tompkins. In the category of Sustainable Community Development, he shared a citation with Sandra Steingraber from Ithaca College and Robert Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology, for briefing congressional aides on the practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction. The trio called for more studies about the potential environmental and health impacts of fracking. In the Recognition category, he was cited for being invited to provide input to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Hydraulic Fracturing Study.

Joe Halpern has been named a Fellow of the IEEE (starting in January, 2012). IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

John Hopcroft, IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science, was presented with an honorary doctoral degree from Beijing Institute of Technology on October 27.

CS Prof. Jon Kleinberg and social science Prof. David Easley have been awarded the 2011 Frederick W. Lanchester Prize by INFORMS, the professional society for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, for their book Networks, Crowds, and Markets. The Lanchester Prize is awarded annually "for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English. The prize includes a commemorative medallion and a US $5,000 cash award. The award is given each year at the National Meeting if there is a suitable recipient.

Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz, M.S. '08 AE, Ph.D. '10, has received the 2011 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award from the American Physical Society. The award aims "to provide recognition to exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of fluid dynamics." His Ph.D., completed with adviser Charles Williamson, is on "Equilibrium and Stability in Vortex and Wave Flows." He is presently the Devonshire Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In September 2012, Paolo will become a Fellow in Churchill College, Cambridge, UK.

CS Asst. Prof. Ashutosh Saxena won a Google Faculty Research Award for his work on 3D Scene Understanding. The purpose of the Google Faculty Research Awards program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities. Saxena also received an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Finder award, and has been named a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Learning.

MAE Prof. Charles Williamson delivered the 21st Annual Wallace Prize Lecture titled "New Phenomena in Vortex-Induced Vibrations" on October 28 at MIT. The annual lecture series is presented by an eminent figure in the marine community, and comes with a prize award.

Recent engineering news

  • Forum addresses questions on CornellNYC Tech
    On February 3, leaders of the tech campus initiative held an open forum to answer questions, provide updates, and reiterate the transformative nature of the project for Cornell as a whole. (February 3)
  • Portable device will quickly detect pathogens
    Two Cornell professors will combine their inventions to develop a handheld pathogen detector that will give health care workers in the developing world speedy results to identify in the field such pathogens as tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. (January 30)

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