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Volume 2, Issue 19
May 24, 2000

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Healey named chair of TAM

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Timothy Healey has agreed to be chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for a five-year term, starting July 1, 2000. Prof. Healey is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and his high- level of commitment to the college, to the undergraduates and their parents, and to the faculty has been commendable. I am very pleased that Tim is willing to take on this new role and am confident that he will provide the strong leadership necessary to maintain the excellence of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Jenkins for serving as chair for the past four years. Jim has done an outstanding job of providing leadership and vision for the department, helping to structure the department's relationship with MAE, and providing strong oversight of the quality of calculus for engineering undergraduates.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Search underway for new associate dean

As announced above, Tim Healey, who has done a remarkable job in one short year as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, is leaving that position to become chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. I have just named a committee to help surface candidates to keep Tim's momentum going. If you have questions about the position, feel free to contact me ( or to contact any one of the committee members listed below. My goal is to name the new Associate Dean by the end of June.

Shefford Baker ( James Bartsch ( Claire Cardie ( Paulette Clancy ( Deborah Cox ( Elizabeth Fisher-York ( David Hammer ( Leonard Lion ( Dan Maloney Hahn ( Pamela Strausser (

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Kan receives NSF Career Award

The School of Electrical Engineering has just received official confirmation that another member of their faculty has received an NSF Early Career Award--in addition to the three announced in the May 10 Info Update. Asst. Prof. Edwin Kan has been selected for the award for his project "Self-Assembly Processes for Practical Nano-Scale Electronic Devices and Interconnect."

Stedinger and Petrina honored by Chi Epsilon

The Cornell Chapter of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honorary society, has selected Prof. Jery Stedinger, CEE, as the Chi Epsilon Professor of the Year 2000. This is the second time that Stedinger has been so honored during his Cornell career. In addition, ChiEp has also selected Dr. Petru Petrina, TAM, as the Chi Epsilon Instructor of the Year 2000. Both recipients were honored at the annual initiation banquet of ChiEp on May 8.

Details available for Commencement 2000 - May 28

Cornell's 132nd commencement will be held on Sunday, May 28. If you are participating in the event and have any questions, please visit the Commencement website at (Or, for an easier-to-remember URL, go to the university's main Web page,, where Commencement 2000 is the featured site.) You'll find all you need to know about the event, the agenda, the parking, severe weather plans, and much, much more.

If severe weather is expected, either the ceremony in Schoellkopf Stadium will be delayed or two abbreviated indoor ceremonies will be conducted in Barton Hall. The details will be announced on local radio and television stations starting at 8:00 a.m. on Commencement Day.

If you're not participating in the ceremony, you can watch the festivities on Ithaca Cable Channel 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Showcase your work in a cyber suite

Cornell Adult University has announced a new initiative in distance education: the Cornell CyberTower. Subscribers to CyberTower will visit "Study Rooms" (six or eight to start) designed by leading members of the Cornell faculty. Each study room will feature video- streamed lectures to introduce the topic and will provide links to sources of further information. CyberTower will also feature a monthly Faculty Forum bringing together faculty members to discuss current issues and topics via the Web. Scheduled to go online in September, CyberTower may also play a role in recruiting students.

Please e-mail Barbara Cain ( in Engineering Communications and Media Relations to request a flier about the project. Or call Ralph Janis '66, director of CAU (626 Thurston Hall, 5-6260, for more information.

ASCE Student Chapter receives commendation

The Cornell Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for its outstanding activities in 1999. The Ithaca Section of ASCE (which includes membership from throughout the Southern Tier) will present the certificate at a meeting in the fall.

Faculty and student awards, 1999-2000

As announced in the April 26 Information Update, we have solicited from engineering schools and departments a list of all faculty and student awards in the College of Engineering for 1999-2000. The compiled list was submitted to the Cornell News Service; they will publish selected awards in the May 25 Cornell Chronicle. The entire list of engineering awards is available on the engineering web site at

--Barbara Cain, director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations

Information Update summer schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Info Update will be published monthly over the summer, so you may want to take a look at your calendar for the summer and let us know well in advance if you have events and activities in June and July that you want to publicize. Publication dates are June 14 and July 12, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 16

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.