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Volume 2, Issue 1
September 1, 1999

In this issue:

Six faculty members promoted to professor

Congratulations to the following members of the college faculty who have been promoted to the rank of professor:

Emmanuel Gianellis, MSE Chris Heegard, EE Daniel Huttenlocher, CS Keshav Pingali, CS Stephen Wicker, EE Charles Williamson, MAE

Abel elected a Fellow of ASCE

In July 1999, Prof. John F. Abel, CEE, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Abel is director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has been a member of the Cornell engineering faculty since 1974.

D'Andrea to lecture on robot soccer project

On Monday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Statler Auditorium, Asst. Prof. Raff D'Andrea, MAE, will talk about his systems engineering design class, a project using artificial intelligence, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering technologies to create a robot soccer team that won first place in international competition. The lecture will include a display of the robots (with team members on hand to answer questions) and game films from RoboCup 99. The lecture is free and open to the public. (Please note: Time and location have been revised from previous announcements.)

New ABEN honor society selected as outstanding chapter

Just a year old, the Cornell chapter of Alpha Epsilon, the national ABEN honor society, was selected as the outstanding chapter for 1998-1999 at this past summer's ASAE conference in Toronto. The award includes a $500 prize. The chapter was selected for its enthusiasm and commitment to such activities as peer tutoring, a freshman mentoring program, a spaghetti dinner, participation in the department social hour, and a project to renovate the university's 100-year-old Rau Plow collection.

New name, new capabilities for the engineering computing facility

The Engineering Computing Facility has a new name: The Academic Computing Center (in the) Engineering Library or "ACCEL." Please contact the center to register your courses, make reservations to use the classrooms, and notify them of your special software needs ASAP. You will find detailed information on their website at under "forms." Some new additions to ACCEL include: desktop upgrades to Excel and Word 2000, new server software including NetWare 5 and RedHat 6.0, 30 new HP Pentium computers with both NT and Linux installed, and 2 new Tektronix color printers. They now run fully switched Fast Ethernet to all desktops and 1Gb to the servers. Watch their website for the new webcam.

Reserving space in the Carpenter Hall display cases

Engineering Communications and Media Relations (ECMR) is scheduling displays for the year 2000 for the case in the Carpenter Hall lobby and for the stairwell case at the east end of the lobby. Call or e-mail Carol Terrizzi (5-3981 or to plan a display highlighting college activities, events, groups, or information. The displays are changed every two months, with new exhibits installed at the beginning of each odd month. All two-month periods in 2000 are currently available: Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-Jun, Jul-Aug, Sep-Oct, Nov-Dec. Sign up now to reserve the time period you prefer.

How to link your web site to scenic views of the area

Sharing web resources: Part 2. Today's tip: Let potential students and visitors to your site see and read about some of Ithaca's remarkable beauty by linking to You will find excerpts from "Waterfalls and Gorges of the Fingerlakes" by Derek Doeffinger and published by McBooks Press with a forward by geology professor and Cornell University President Emeritus Frank H.T. Rhodes.

Downloadable pencil sketches of the engineering quad by artist William Benson will be available on Weblink by the end of this week. These beautiful copyright-free drawings may be used as illustrations in college publications such as notecards, posters, invitations, newsletters, or brochures. Weblink, the source of news and information for College of Engineering web developers, also includes a listing of current training opportunities.

New office locations for Benson, Kelley, and Spiro

Several space assignments in the college have changed, resulting in new office locations for John Benson, Mike Kelley, and Mark Spiro. Contact information is below. Kalinka Hughes will continue to assist John and Mark, including arranging their schedules. Kim Stockton will continue to assist Mike Kelley, including responsibility for his schedule as it relates to his duties as associate dean.

effective Monday, August 30 Mark K. Spiro, Associate Dean for Strategic Objectives, 471 Hollister Hall, phone 255-6090, fax: 255-9606

effective Tuesday, September 7 John R. Benson, Director of Facilities, 211 Hollister Hall, phone 255-0259, fax 254-5344

effective Wednesday, September 8 Michael C. Kelley, Associate Dean for Professional Development, 249 Carpenter Hall, phone 254-5331, fax 255-9606

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.