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Volume 2, Issue 15
March 29, 2000

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Engineering Admissions announces new web site

The Engineering Admissions Office invites you to visit our new web site: ( The primary objective of the site is to provide prospective students with information in logical, linear sequences that will help them navigate the admissions process and discover what the academic options are in the college. Features for the site include extensive information for freshmen, transfer, and international applicants as well as parents. We're excited to see the new site up and running and hope you will enjoy using it as well. At present we're putting minor finishing touches on one or two pages that will allow us to have increased communication via e-mail with our prospective applicants. In the meantime, however, we invite you to visit and use the site as a resource! Please take a moment or two to have a look.

Get ready for Cornell Days, April 6-20

Reminder: Cornell Days will be held April 6-20. During this two-week period, the university --including the College of Engineering-- will be hosting prospective students whom we've invited to join the Class of '04. A campus visit can be an important factor in a student's decision to choose Cornell. All engineering events are described on the new Engineering Admissions web site ( under "Cornell Days Are Coming!" Even if you're not involved in the planned activities, please be on the lookout for students and families visiting the E-Quad during this period who may have questions or need directions. If you have a display case in your hallway or foyer, this would be a good time to showcase your best exhibits for potential undergrads. Let's make our visitors feel welcomed!

The Broadband Revolution is coming!

Only three weeks left to sign up to attend "The Broadband Revolution: Changing Communications Technology," the Cornell Society of Engineers annual conference on April 13-15. Over 100 engineering alumni from around the country will be there to hear industry leaders from AOL, Qualcomm, Global Crossing, @Home, Handspring, and others plus venture capitalists, and our own faculty members, talk about this revolution.

Complete conference information is online (click on the conference logo and photograph on the college home page: Sessions are free and open to students and faculty members, but seating space at some of the sessions is limited, so please complete a registration form. CSE is the college's official alumni association and this conference is offered as one of their services to the college.

--Marsha Pickens, assistant dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development

Two for one: University and college calendars

Engineering Communications and Media Relations (ECMR) is collaborating with Campus Information and Visitor Relations to offer administrative and academic units in the College of Engineering the opportunity to list their events and activities (such as guest lectures, seminars, open houses, tours, etc.) on both the University Events Calendar ( and a new Engineering Events Calendar by completing one easy, online form for each event.

If you don't currently post your unit, school, or department activities on the university calendar, contact Carol Terrizzi in ECMR; she can help you obtain authorization to post directly to the university calendar.

If you are already a user of the university calendar, just let Carol know. You may continue to post your events there as usual; when the programming is completed for the college calendar, your events posted to the university calendar will automatically be included on the college page as well.

We strongly encourage all units to designate a calendar contact; if everyone participates, we can offer a comprehensive listing of engineering activities that will be a quick and convenient way to see what's happening across the college every day. When the Engineering Events Calendar becomes available, you may want to link to it from your home page for easy access.

Have questions? Need more information? Contact Carol Terrizzi, 5-3981 or clt6.

College seminars and colloquia, Mar 29-Apr 14

Mar 30, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister Gene Meieran, MIT Intel Fellow: "Managing Manufacturing Complexity in the Face of Rapid Change" Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Apr 4, 4:30 p.m., Geology Seminar, 1120 Snee Hall Kelin Whipple, MIT: "Climate, Tectonics, and Landscape Evolution" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Reading Room

Apr 6, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister David Fishbach, P.E., '92 ME, senior production engineer, Dow Chemical: "cGMP and ISO: Regulation, Certification, and Alphabet Soup" Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Apr 11, 4:30 p.m., Geology Seminar, 1120 Snee Hall Mark Martin, MIT: Title: TBA Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Reading Room

Apr 13, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister William G. Ohaus '49 Memorial Manufacturing Engineering Seminar Jay Walker '77 (ILR), founder of "Entreprenuership in Manufacturing" Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Muckstadt named to Acheson/Laibe chair

The Cornell University Board of Trustees, at their March 11 meeting, elected John A. Muckstadt, ORIE, as the Acheson/Laibe Professor of Business Management and Leadership Studies, effective April 1, 2000.

Ruina promoted to full professor

Cornell President Hunter Rawlings has approved the recommendation for promotion to professor for Andy L. Ruina, TAM, effective April 1, 2000.

Buhrman to serve as interim AEP director

As a result of his administrative responsibilities as director of the new Nanobiotechnology Center, Prof. Harold Craighead has asked to step down as director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. Prof. Bob Buhrman has agreed to serve as interim AEP director beginning April 1. Dean Hopcroft will be meeting with the AEP faculty in April to discuss the process for selecting a new director.

McGuire wins AISC Haaijer Educator Award

William McGuire (CEE Emeritus), author of two highly acclaimed textbooks--Steel Structures (1968) and Matrix Structural Analysis (2nd Edition 1999)--has been awarded the Geerhard Haaijer Educator Award, one of the most prestigious awards of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The honor recognizes McGuire's work as an author and researcher as well as his outstanding reputation as a teacher and mentor. A long-time Cornell faculty member, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cornell interactive text wins second award

The interactive multimedia textbook "Fluid Mechanics: An Interactive Text" by James Liggett (CEE Emeritus) and David Caughey (MAE), published by ASCE, has won a second award: It was named to Choice magazine's list of outstanding academic titles for 1999. It was recognized for "excellence in scholarship and presentation; significance with regard to other literature in the field; and recognition as ... the first treatment of [fluid mechanics] in ... electronic format." The CD-ROM was produced by the College's Multimedia Courseware Studio (now merged with the Office of Distance Learning) by staff members Kate Mink and John Wolf together with many students and temporary staff assistants. The textbook project previously received an award for excellence for technology innovation from the American Society of Association Executives.

College wins fellowships from Dept of Education

The U. S. Department of Education has announced the grant of four fellowships a year for three years (2000-03) to a group of Cornell engineering faculty in response to a proposal entitled "Interdisciplinary Program for Computational Biology and Bioremediation Engineering." Prof. Christine Shoemaker, CEE, is the project director. Other faculty participants include Kelvin Lee and Mike Shuler from ChE; Tom Coleman, Ron Elber, Jon Kleinberg, and Steven Vavasis from CS; Jim Gossett, Len Lion, and Phil Liu from CEE; Bruce Lewenstein from the Dept of Communications; Steven Youra from the Engineering Communications Program; and David Schneider from the Theory Center.

Duffield Hall: City review continues

The City of Ithaca's process for determining the scope of the Duffield Hall project's Environmental Impact Statement continues. Some public comments have been received in response to the university's proposed draft scope, and those comments will be discussed by the Planning and Development Board and the Cornell team the week of March 27. Architectural plans for the graduate student and staff offices, CNF, and the nanobiotechnology areas will be further developed within the next few weeks. Interactive sessions with the architect are being planned. Al Clark has agreed to oversee the development of the facility management and safety plans and has begun that work. Contact Mark Spiro for more information.

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