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Volume 2, Issue 11
February 2, 2000

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Convenient opportunity for outreach

The Cornell Summer College Explorations in Engineering program is being reorganized to provide a ready-made opportunity for faculty with an obligation for (or interest in) outreach to high school students. Small groups of the students attending the 6-week summer session (and taking 2 regular courses) can be matched to faculty research projects or laboratories for a few afternoons per week. Arrangements can be flexible to meet particular circumstances. If you are interested in more information, please notify Associate Dean Mike Isaacson by e-mail ( by February 21, and you will be contacted in late February.

--submitted by outgoing Explorations Director John Abel, CEE

Young to speak on Imposter Syndrome

On Tuesday, February 8, Dr. Valerie Young, an internationally known trainer and public speaker, will lead two workshops entitled "Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome: Women Who Doubt Their Competence (and Shouldn't)." Through the use of humor, examples, and exercises, she will help participants:

* discover how to stop perfectionism and procrastination from standing between them and their goals * find out how to capitalize on failures and mistakes * learn how to recognize and promote their accomplishments to build on their success * and much more!

Two two-hour workshops will be offered, both in 165 Olin Hall. The 4:30 p.m. workshop will focus on undergraduate students; the 7:00 p.m. workshop will focus on graduate students. However, all are welcome to attend either workshop. Refreshments will be served immediately following each session.

This event is sponsored by Women's Programs in Engineering, the Engineering Graduate Student Association, and the Society of Women Engineers and funded by United Technologies.

Engineering launches new web site

Engineering Communications and Media Relations announces the launch of a newly designed engineering college web site, Although the old URL,, will also take you to the new site, we recommend that you update your bookmarks and links to reflect the new address.

The new site includes much of the same information as the previous site plus lots more in a better organized and easy-to-navigate format. The homepage features links of interest for the college's many constituents--students, prospective students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, corpora- tions, and foundations--including links to academic departments, research, and publications.

The engineering web site is a destination for those who need college information on and off campus. It is also a resource for web developers on the Engineering Quad who are welcome to add valuable information about exciting college developments by linking to URLs from their web sites.

The new homepage is located at and can also be reached through both CUinfo ( and through Cornell University's external web site (

Remember: When navigating the new engineering site, a click on the sundial icon always returns you to the homepage and main menu. For more information about key features, using the site, or retrieving files from the old server, visit WebLink at

According to college web developer Carol Terrizzi, the new site experienced 650 hits in its 18 hours online--with no advance advertising.

Experience LeaderShape 2000 as a facilitator

LeaderShape, the college's undergraduate residential leadership initiative, will be held this year from May 21-26, 2000, at Thornfield Conference Center in Cazenovia. You may read more about LeaderShape in the fall 1999 issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine. Any faculty or staff member who is interested in serving as a facilitator for the program is urged to contact Michael Hayes, director of Professional Programs, at 5-3512 or mah35. Mike would be happy to outline the responsibilities and time obligations associated with this outstanding residential program

Facilities news: trailers, 155 Olin, 109-111 Upson

Item #1: The trailers are GONE! At long last, all of the last six trailers, which served for years as the home of Engineering Admissions, have been removed from the Engineering Quad. This spring the area will be reclaimed as open space for the use of the college community. A group that includes students, faculty and staff has begun plans for the reclamation.

Item #2: 155 Olin Hall, the college's largest lecture hall, underwent a complete reassessment and trouble-shooting of its audio-visual and computer systems during winter break. As-built drawings of the systems have been provided and improved system directions and labels at the podium are being prepared. Checks so far have not disclosed any users now having difficulties with this equipment, but if you experience any, please contact Miriam Ackley (ma55 or 5-4258), Brian Ford (bcf6 or 5-3540), or John Benson (jrb18 or 5-0259).

Item #3: During the winter break, the paired classrooms at 109 and 111 Upson Hall have received carpeted flooring, additional electrical and campus network outlets, and improved window blinds. These amenities should substantially improve the teaching environment and enhance acoustic isolation from the lecture hall modernization being completed on the floor below.

--John Benson, facilities director

College seminars and colloquia for the period Feb 3-15

Feb 3, 4:30, Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister (DeFrees Auditorium) Howard Morgan, Ph.D. '68 OR: "The Role of Information Technology in Manufacturing Today" Refreshments: 4:15, Hollister Hall lobby

Feb 3, 4:30, MSE Spring Colloquium, 140 Bard Hall Prof. Rodney Ruoff, Washington University: "Nanotube Mechanics." Refreshments: 4:00, Bard Hall Lounge (Rm 260)

Feb 8, 4:30, EE Colloquium, 101 Phillips Hall Dr. Patrick Bergmans, Director of Xerox Research Centre Europe: "The Old Paper Document and the New Digital Document: Relations and Transitions between the Two Worlds" Refreshments: 4:15, Phillips Hall Lounge

Feb 10, 4:30, Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister (DeFrees Auditorium) John Monroe '66 EE, MS '68, Ph.D. '70, Mgr of Quality Leadership For Hewlett-Packard: "How Shrinking Product Lifecyles Impact Manufacturing Strategy - a report for Hewlett-Packard" Refreshments: 4:15, Hollister Hall lobby

Feb 10, 4:30, MSE Spring Colloquium, 140 Bard Hall Dr. R. N. Shashidhar, Naval Research Laboratory: "Novel Liquid Crystal Materials for Electro-optic and IR imaging applications" Refreshments: 4:00, Bard Hall Lounge (Rm 260)

Messenger and University Lectures nominations invited

Do you have a recommendation for a Messenger or University Lecturer?

Cornell’s Messenger Lecture series was established in 1924 by a gift from Dr. Hiram Messenger, a Cornell graduate of 1880 and a longtime teacher of mathematics. The terms of the original gift established "a fund to provide a course of lectures on the Evolution of Civilization for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life."

The University Lecture fund was first endowed at the beginning of the twentieth century by Goldwin Smith, a distinguished historian of English birth who, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s phrase, wanted to "open an intercourse with the world." The designation "University Lecturer" is given to a speaker whose subject is likely to draw a wide audience from a range of departments or programs.

Messenger and University Lecturers are selected by the University Lectures Committee. The committee welcomes nominations initiated by faculty and by students. Deadlines for submission: April 1 for events Sep 1-Oct 31 September 1 for events Nov 1-Feb 28 January 1 for events Mar 1-May 1 For more information on nominations, or for information on the standard funding policies for expenses and honoraria, please contact the University Lectures Committee, Office of the Dean of the University Faculty, 315 Day Hall, phone 5-4843.

Ampadu receives IBM fellowship

Paul Ampadu, a graduate student in the Field of Electrical Engineering, received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship in Science, Engineering and Mathematics for Underrepresented Minorities and Women for the 1999-2000.

Sinars receives LPS Champney Prize

The Laboratory of Plasma Studies is proud to announce that the 1999 Philip Champney Prize was awarded to Daniel B. Sinars in recognition of exceptional performance as a graduate student at Cornell University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in the Laboratory of Plasma Studies in the areas of Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power Technology. Special consideration is given for demonstrating creativity and capability in experimental observations of fast z-pinches using x-ray backlighting. A certificate and a check were presented on January 28, 2000.

Student projects wanted for BOOM 2000

BOOM (Bits On Our Mind) 2000 is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2000. BOOM is a fair that showcases student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. The fair will be attended by faculty, staff, students, and company representatives, and is a great opportunity for students to show off their creations. Faculty members are asked to encourage students to submit their work. Projects from courses, research, or independent work are welcome. If you have any questions, consult the BOOM web page at or contact Assoc. Prof. Bart Selman, CS ( To register, use the form on the web page or send e-mail to ( BOOM 2000 is sponsored by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and funded by Microsoft and Dell.

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