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Volume 14, Issue 6
November 2, 2011

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Tenure promotions

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff,

At their recent meetings, the Board of Trustees elected three faculty members to appointments as associate professor with indefinite tenure, effective November 1, 2011. Please join me in congratulating Chris B. Schaffer, BME, Jeffrey D. Varner, CBE, and Peter J. Diamessis, CEE.

Best regards,

Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

ECC briefed on strategic plan

The Engineering College Council met Oct. 27-28. Dean Lance Collins briefed the advisory group of education and industry leaders on the college's ongoing process to update its strategic plan. Kathi Dantley Warren, assistant dean for Alumni Affairs and Development, and AA&D Vice President Charlie Phlegar, presented on the Cornell Now Campaign, an expansion of the fundraising campaign launched in 2006. BME chair Mike Shuler spoke on his department's strategic planning efforts. Charlie Seyler, associate dean for undergraduate studies, reported on recommended undergraduate education initiatives. The ECC was also updated on the university's bid to build a New York City Tech Campus and its role in the college's strategic plan.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

The New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation will honor Johannes Gehrke and six other faculty finalists for the 2011 Blavatnik Awards at the Academy's 8th Annual Science & the City Gala on November 14 in New York City. The winners will be announced at that time. The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists were created in 2007 to acknowledge the excellence of our most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Gehrke was also a 2011 IEEE Technical Achievement Award Recipient. He was cited for "pioneering contribution to novel data mining techniques and distributed query processing techniques." These awards are given "for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past ten, and not more than fifteen years."

Jefferson W. Tester, the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Cornell Energy Institute and associate director for energy in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, was honored with the Geothermal Special Achievement Award from the Geothermal Resources Council Oct. 26 in San Diego.

Recent engineering news releases

  • Researchers suspend, image single DNA molecule
    Researchers in the lab of Harold Craighead, the Charles W. Lake Professor of Engineering, used advanced nanofabrication techniques to make it easier to see how single molecules of DNA subtly change during a chemical process called methylation. (Oct. 27)

  • Cornell submits NYC Tech Campus proposal
    On Oct. 28, Cornell officially submitted its proposal to build a world-class technology campus in New York City. (Oct. 27)

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