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Volume 14, Issue 2
September 7, 2011

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Tong wins NSF 'smart grid' grant

ECE Professor Lang Tong has won a nearly $2 million National Science Foundation grant to study the computation and information hierrarchy of future smart grids. He will lead a team of researchers from Cornell, U.C. Berkeley, and Georgia State University. The overall project objective is to support widespread use of renewable energy, community based micro-grids, and electric cars and smart appliances. Other Cornell participants include Robert J. Thomas, ECE, Ken Birman, CS, and Tim Mount, School of Applied Economics and Management.

Staff updates

Chris Miller joined the Alumni Affairs and Development staff as senior development officer on August 29th. Chris comes to the AA&D team after eight years in University AA&D. He holds a B.S. in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and an M.S. in materials engineering from RPI. He came to Cornell after 11 years as an account manager and project leader at Corning. Chris will be working with a portfolio of prospects in the Florida, Midwest and Northern California regions. As we enter the next phase of our campaign, he will play an invaluable role by providing strategic support for key campaign priorities and help guide the activities of the assistant directors who work with the schools and departments to strengthen prospect engagement strategies across the college.

AA&D Assistant Director Barb Batley is retiring. Her last day is September 17, 2011. Barb joined special gifts in 2001 and was soon promoted to individual giving associate. In 2009, she became an assistant director, working with the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association and college stewardship. She has closed multiple million dollar gifts from engineering alumni, been the example when anyone talks about stewarding prospects, and worked with our most visible engineer, Bill Nye. Please join AA&D as they say goodbye to Barb at a dish-to-pass lunch on September 12, 2011 from noon–2 p.m. on the Carpenter Hall terrace.

Financial planning session offered

Benefit Services is sponsoring a financial planning session in room G10 of the Biotechnology Building. "State of Current Investment Markets," will be presented by Ren Cheng, chief investment officer, Fidelity Investments, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, noon–1 p.m.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

Assistant professors Yingxin Gao, in MAE, and Cynthia Reinhart-King, in BME, were among eight Cornell faculty members to receive a 2011 Affinito-Stewart Grant from the President's Council of Cornell Women. The program aims to increase the long-term retention of women on the faculty by supporting the completion of research that is important in the tenure process. Winners were selected from 12 proposals reviewed for scholarly merit, research design, feasibility, and likely relevance to promotion to tenure. Both women received $7,000; Gao for her study of "The Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma on Muscle Strain Healing in Rats," and Reinhart-King for her research on "Mechanical and Chemical Regulation of Smooth Muscle Cell Migration." read more

ORIE Professor Sid Resnick has been appointed Distinguished Affiliated Professor of theTechnische Universität München. The university awards this honor only to those exceptional scientists and researchers of international prominence that have significantly shaped their own disciplines and also inspired other areas within the scientific community.

Technology Review magazine has named CS Assistant Professor Noah Snavely one of its 2011 "TR35," the magazine's selection of top technology innovators under age 35. The publication annually honors researchers under 35 whose work the editors find most exciting, in a wide array of disciplines, including medicine, computing, communications, electronics, and nanotechnology. Winners from previous years, the magazine says, "have changed the world." read more

Recent engineering news releases

  • Snee Hall seismograph displays East Coast earthquake
    The Aug. 23 earthquake centered in Virginia that was felt along the East Coast, including in Ithaca, is on colorful display at Cornell. (Aug. 23)

  • NYC Tech Campus organized in hubs
    In planning a multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial and research-based campus in New York City, Cornell leaders are developing tech campus programs under interdisciplinary domains, or hubs, rather than using the traditional university organization of colleges, schools and departments. (Aug. 31)

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