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Volume 2, Issue 18
May 10, 2000

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Isaacson reappointed associate dean

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Mike Isaacson, AEP, has agreed to remain Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies. His reappointment will be for two years, beginning July 1, 2000. Mike has done an outstanding job of ensuring the quality of searches, new hires, and promotions. He has been highly involved in several special projects such as our biomedical efforts in the college, nanobiotechnology, the Keck proposal, and in managing cost sharing efforts. He has also worked diligently to boost research funding in the college and to increase the number and quality of Ph.D. students.

I appreciate Mike's strong commitment to the college and his willingness to continue to provide leadership over the next two years.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Hartmanis receives CRA service award

Juris Hartmanis, Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering (CS), has been selected to receive the Computing Research Association's Distinguished Service Award for 2000. The annual award goes to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research.

Hartmanis recently completed a two-year term as assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. During his tenure, he effectively positioned NSF and CISE to assume a leadership role in response to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) report. He was instrumental in shaping the discussion that led to NSF's playing the lead role in the Information Technology Research (ITR) program.

Hemami receives teaching award

Asst. Prof. Sheila Hemami, EE, has received the 2000 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award from Eta Kappa Nu (HKN). This is a national award that is made each year to a young electrical engineering faculty member who has distinguished him- or herself in teaching, provided service to HKN and the community, and supported the profession in a significant way.

Saltzman receives professional progress award

Prof. W. Mark Saltzman, ChE, has received the Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding professional progress in a field of engineering specialization as evidenced by significant contributions to the theory and practice of engineering. Saltzman received the B.S. degree from Iowa State.

Wicker named associate director in EE

Prof. Stephen Wicker has accepted the position of associate director in the School of Electrical Engineering for a three-year term effective July 1. Wicker, who joined the Cornell faculty in 1996 after nine years at Georgia Tech, teaches and conducts research in wireless information networks, digital communication systems, error control coding, and cryptography.

Three in EE receive CAREER awards

The following assistant professors in EE have received NSF Early Career Awards:

Mark Heinrich: "Flexible Architectures for Data-Intensive Computing" Rajit Manohar: "Asynchronous Computer Architecture" Norman Tien: "Tunable Monolithic MEMS Elements for Wireless Communications"

NSF established the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards to emphasize the importance the foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

OR grad Hauser receives SIAM paper award

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has recently notified Raphael Hauser, Ph.D. '00 OR, that his paper, "Target Directions for Primal-Dual Interior-Point Methods for Self-Scaled Conic Programming," has been selected as one of the three winners of the 2000 SIAM Student Paper Prize. He will present the winning paper at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico in July. The Student Paper Prize, one of ten prizes to be awarded at this year's annual meeting, carries a cash award of $1,000. Hauser, who received his Ph.D. in January, was a student of Mike Todd, Leon C. Welch Professor of Engineering, ORIE.

Spiro to become VP at Colgate

Associate Dean Mark Spiro has been named Vice President for Administration at Colgate University beginning July 1, 2000. In a recent announcement, Dean Hopcroft said, "Mark is well deserving of this outstanding opportunity; however, we will experience a tremendous loss with the departure of such a valuable and outstanding member of the college and university communities. The College of Engineering has thrived under Mark's 13 years of administrative leadership. His enthusiasm, vision, commitment, and wealth of knowledge have been essential components in maintaining the quality of the college and in positioning us to continue to lead in the future."

Jeffris joins staff of Women's Programs

Charlene Jeffris will join the staff of Women's Programs in Engineering as the new administrative assistant beginning June 1, 2000. According to Women's Programs director Krishna Athreya, Jeffris is moving from her current position in Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development in order to pursue her interest in the empowerment of women.

Carnegie Mellon dean nominated to lead CALS

Cornell President Hunter Rawlings announced April 27 that he will submit to the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees his nomination of Susan A. Henry, dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell's New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"Susan Henry is a superb scientist and proven dean," Rawlings said. "She has a clear vision for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the strong support of its faculty. I am confident that she will be a first-rate leader on campus and in the state of New York."

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Finkelstein to deliver MSE lecture

The MSE seminar scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2000, will feature Kenneth D. Finkelstein of CHESS at Wilson Lab, Cornell University. His title is "New Methods of X-ray Physics Applied to Understanding Electronic Materials." The seminar will be held in Bard 140 at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments in the Bard Lounge at 4:00 p.m.

Library newsletter now available online

Two recent issues of the EMPSL Standard (Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences Libraries Newsletter), Feb/March and April/May 2000, are now available on the web. Read about new services (Elsevier journals online, Current Contents Connect, MyLibrary, Interlibrary Loan online) and other news from the Engineering, Mathematics, and the Physical Sciences Libraries.

--Jill H. Powell, Reference/Instruction Coordinator, Engineering Library

Show us your stuff

Visit Carpenter Hall to see two new exhibits recently installed in the display cases. The lobby case (outside the library) features "Building Mountains--Plate Tectonics." The east stairwell case is now showing "Designing Materials for the Future." If you would like to schedule a display, the lobby case is available for Nov-Dec 2000 and for all of 2001 with the exception of Mar-Apr. The east stairwell case is available for all of 2001 with the exception of Jul-Aug. Call Carol Terrizzi, Engineering Communications and Media Relations, at 5-3981 to reserve display cases.

Looking for TA fellows

Are you an experienced graduate teaching assistant in Engineering? Would you like to share your experience as a TA and get paid for it? Applications are being sought for TA Fellows for the 2000-2001 Engineering TA Development Program.

* Develop and co-facilitate workshops for in-coming TAs * Learn more about innovative teaching methods * Receive training in workshop facilitation * Earn a stipend of $1,400+

The position requires approximately 8 hours per week in July, August, and September. Applicants should enjoy teaching, be enthusiastic, and highly motivated, and applicants must have completed the Engineering TA Training Program at Cornell

Send a brief description of your teaching experience and a statement of your interest in the program to Pat Spencer, Director, Office of Instructional & Research Support, by May 17, 2000.

Engineering schedule for Cornell Reunion 2000

Friday, June 9 * 8:00-10:00 a.m., Dean's Breakfast, Phillips Hall Lounge

Saturday, June 10 * Department Breakfasts * 9:30-10:30 a.m., John Hopcroft, Clif Pollock, Harold Craighead Duffield Hall presentation, 700 Clark Hall

* 2:30-3:30 p.m., NASA Astronaut Dan Barry Presentation, 101 Phillips Hall

Friday-Saturday * 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Barton Hall Display Booth featuring FSAE car and Duffield Hall model

--Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development

Spring engineering magazine now available

The spring issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine published last month features Norman TienÕs work in microelectromechanical systems; engineering alumni working in e-commerce with a sidebar on Mark HeinrichÕs Internet start-up called Flashbase; Randol Curtis Ô93 ME on a motorcycle road trip through Africa; Todd CowenÕs research in environmental fluid mechanics; and much, much more! If magazine distribution hasnÕt reached your desk, pick up a copy from the lobby magazine racks in Carpenter Hall.

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