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Volume 2, Issue 12
February 16, 2000

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Nominations now accepted for Weiss fellowships

Nominations are now being accepted for the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships. The fellowships were established to recognize sustained and distinguished contributions of faculty members to undergraduate teaching. Recipients receive $5,000 a year for five years; only tenured faculty members are eligible for this award. Nominations will be accepted from junior and senior students, faculty members, and other members of the academic staff. The deadline is March 6. See the February 3 Cornell Chronicle ( for more information or call 255-4843.

CSE conference open to engineering community

The Cornell Society of Engineers Engineering Conference, "The Broadband Revolution: Changing Communications Technology," will be held on campus April 13-15, featuring alumni speakers such as Irwin Jacobs (CEO, Qualcomm) and Ken Goldman (CFO, Excite@Home). Please visit the conference web site at ( to browse the program. Members of the campus engineering community are welcome to attend. There is a fee for meals, but technical sessions are free for Cornell faculty, staff, and students; however, registration is required. Interest in the conference is high, so if you do plan to attend, please register as soon as possible so that Friday morning events can be moved to larger venues if necessary. Jeanne Subialka, 5-9920, CSE Conference Registrar

Learn EndNote to Manage Bibliographic References

Date/Time: February 28, 2000, 3-5 p.m. Location: Academic Computing Center in the Engineering Library 1st floor (Blue Room)

Learn how to manage bibliographic citations with the software Endnote. Endnote is a reference database, bibliography maker, and online search tool. You can import records from databases, such as Cornell's and many other library catalogs, INSPEC, Medline, and NTIS, to create a bibliography in Microsoft Word (or other word-processing programs). Bibliographies can be formatted in over 300 different styles, such as ASCE, IEEE, MLA, Nature, or Science.

Please register for this class with Jill Powell,

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

Co-op office invites participation in recruiter events

Greetings from the Engineering Cooperative Education Program! As you may know, February is the month for co-op companies to recruit on campus each Thursday. Please accept our invitation to meet our co-op corporate partners at the following events:

Wednesday, Feb 16 and Feb 23 Reception, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Statler Hotel Terrace Lounge

Thursday, Feb 17 and Feb 24 Breakfast, 7:00-8:00 a.m., 128 Olin Hall Lunch, 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 128 Olin Hall

Please call Engineering Professional Programs (146 Olin Hall, 5-3512) if you have questions.

Cornell women: Celebrating leadership

The President's Council of Cornell Women will be celebrating the leadership of Cornell women at a landmark conference March 10-12, 2000, that is open to all Cornellians and friends of Cornell. Registration and conference materials are available online:

The conference registration fee is $225; however, free tickets will be made available on or after February 24 at the Willard Straight Ticket Office for students to attend any of the following events. (Check the Cornell Daily Sun for advertisements and notices regarding ticket distribution.)

Friday, March 10 *Panel: Perspectives on Women's Leadership 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Statler Auditorium 250 tickets (students only)

*Keynote Speaker, The First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Barton Hall 3000 tickets (open to the community at large)

Saturday, March 11 *Panel: Leadership Diversity in the Professions 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Call Auditorium 200 tickets (students only)

*Film Premiere "Women of Cornell: A University of Individuals" & Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mae Jemison MD '81 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Statler Auditorium 350 tickets (open to the community at large)

*Student Networking Luncheon 12:45 -2:45 PM, Ramin Room, Field House Contact: Nancy Law at the Career Center, Barnes Hall, 150-200 students.

Billington receives NSF CAREER award

Asst. Prof. Sarah L. Billington, CEE, has received an NSF CAREER award for the four years beginning July 1, 2000. Her project is funded through the NSF Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems and is entitled "Innovative Materials for Civil Systems Research and Education."

Castillo-Chavez recipient of QEM science award

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, TAM, has received a 2000 Giants in Science Award from the QEM Mathematics, Science and Engineering (MSE) Network in recognition of his outstanding contributions to mathematics and science research and teaching. The awards were presented on Saturday, February 12, at the Ninth Annual National Conference of the QEM/MSE Network in Washington, D.C. The QEM/MSE Network is a coalition of minority and non-minority educational institutions, school districts, and mathematics, science, and education organizations.

George receives SAE faculty advisor award

For the second year in a row, Albert R. George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a faculty advisor award from the Society of Automotive Engineers for his long-time service as advisor to the Cornell Formula SAE Racing Team. He will be honored at a reception for awardees at the 2000 SAE World Congress in Detroit in March.

Grigoriu Elected a Fellow of ASCE

In July 1999, Professor Mircea D. Grigoriu, CEE, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Grigoriu has been a member of the Cornell engineering faculty since 1980.

Miller promoted to associate professor

Matthew Miller, MAE, has been promoted to associate professor with indefinite tenure. Miller, who earned the Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology, joined the Cornell faculty in 1994. A Lilly Teaching Fellow in 1995, he received the D.G. Shepherd Teaching Prize in the Sibley School the following year. He was awarded an NSF Career grant in 1997 and attended the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 1999.

Stedinger elected Fellow of AGU

Prof. Jery R. Stedinger, CEE, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Fellowship is awarded to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more branches of geophysics. The number of Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership. Stedinger will receive his certificate during the Honors Ceremony at the Spring Meeting of the AGU in Washington, DC.

O'Rourke elected Fellow of the AAAS

Thomas D. O'Rourke, CEE, the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His certificate and rosette will be presented to him in Washington on February 19, 2000, as part of the AAAS annual meeting.

EGSA sponsors Sass lecture

The Engineering Graduate Student Association (EGSA) invites all students, faculty members, and researchers to attend their February social seminar event. Prof. Stephen Sass, MSE, will give a talk entitled "The Substance of Civilization: Materials and Human History from the Stone Age to the Age of Silicon" on February 23 in Hollister B14 at 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail or check out the EGSA web page at (

Engineering web site news

*The next Web Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thomas Richardson, director of Media Services Web Production Group will show examples of WPG Cornell sites, talk about the process of dynamic web site development, and explain what resources are needed to accomplish it.

*Spring 2000 web training opportunities are now listed in WebLink

*ECMR is looking for departments and units who would like to feature programs and/or research on the front page of the college web site. Send 2 or 3 photographs with captions to Carol Terrizzi 5-3981,

*In development: a comprehensive college events calendar to include speakers, seminars, events, and activities of interest to the engineering community.

*The college web site has recorded more than 11,000 visitors since February 1.

For more information on any of these items, contact Carol Terrizzi at 5-3981 or

Hot tip: Put your activity on university calendar

You'll notice we have many seminars and colloquia to announce in this week's Information Update. We are in the process of developing a college-wide events calendar for the engineering website where this information will be available; however, you may also want to announce activities of interest to the larger campus community on the Cornell University events calendar. Visit to search for events or to add an announcement of your own.

College seminars and colloquia, Feb 16-29

Feb 17, 4:15 p.m., CS Colloquium, 101 Phillips Matteo Frigo, MIT: "Cache-oblivious algorithms" Refreshments: 3:45 p.m., Upson 4th Floor Atrium

Feb 17, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister Jesse Jenner '69 EE, Attorney, Fish & Neave Patent Law: Title TBA Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Feb 17, 4:30 p.m. MSE Colloquium, 140 Bard Prof. Nancy Burnham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: "Interpreting Stiffness and Damping Data from Polymer Composites" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Bard Lounge (Rm 260)

Feb 24, 4:15 p.m., CS Colloquium, 101 Phillips Farnam Jahanian, Univ. of Michigan: "Experimental Study of Internet Stability and Wide-Area Backbone Failures" Refreshments: 3:45 p.m., Upson 4th Floor Atrium

Feb 24, 4:30 p.m. MSE Colloquium, 140 Bard Prof. Paula T. Hammond, MIT, "Exploring Molecular to Supramolecular Scale Order in Self Assembled Polymer Systems" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Bard Lounge (Rm 260)

Feb 24, 4:30, Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister Albert E. Suter '57 ME, MBA '59, Chief Admin Officer, Emerson Electric: "US Manufacturing: Succeeding in a Globally Competitive Environment" Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Feb 29, 4:15 p.m., CS Colloquium, B14 Hollister Salil Vadhan, MIT: "To Be Announced" Refreshments: 3:45 p.m., Upson 4th Floor Atrium

Engineering faculty invited to join Sci-Fi Society

Whether you are a hardcore Science Fiction fan, or merely enjoy watching a movie now and then, the Cornell Science Fiction Society is for you. Join this newly founded club, without the responsibilities of advising it, but solely to enjoy good sci-fi with others, and see how it has and is affecting this next generation. For info e-mail Umung Deshpande '02 EP,

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.