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Volume 2, Issue 2
September 15, 1999

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Manufacturing seminar announces September speakers

The Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, sponsored by the Cornell Society of Engineering, is on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Olin. Refreshments are served at 4:15 in the lounge (128 Olin). The lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming speakers in September are:

* Sept 16: Charles A. Gray '60 BChE 61, vice-president of technology, Cabot Corp., "The Oldest and Largest Commercial Nano-Phase Material"

* Sept 23: Charles Lee '61 ChE, chairman and CEO, GTE Corporation, The Hatfield Lecture: "Net Gains: Opportunities and Obstacles in a Networked World." (Location for this lecture only: Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.)

* Sept 30: Dexter Wang '69 EP, M.Eng. '70 Aero, president, SSG Inc., "Engineering Small Space-based Optical Systems"

For more information, contact Jeanne Subialka '82, CSE administrator, 5-9920,

Prof. Julian Smith to present history of chemical engineering

On October 6 at 9 a.m. in 155 Olin Hall, the School of Chemical Engineering will host a presentation of the history of the school by Julian Smith, chemical engineering professor emeritus. A continental breakfast reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Felicia Kornegay, coordinator of external affairs in the School of Chemical Engineering, 5-7427,

Mini-symposium to celebrate the career of Prof. Ferdinand Rodriguez

The School of Chemical Engineering is hosting a mini-symposium to celebrate the career of Ferdinand Rodriguez, professor of chemical engineering, on Friday, October 15, 1999, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 165 Olin Hall, featuring presentations by the following:

* Erdogan Kiran, The Gottesman Research Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Maine, "Polymer Solutions at High Pressures Miscibility and Kinetics of Phase Separation in and near Supercritical Fluids"

* Montgomery Shaw, professor of chemical engineering, University of Connecticut, "Polymer Gels with Strong Electrorheological Activity"

* Robert van Brederode, executive director, Polymers Center of Excellence, Charlotte, North Carolina, "It Doesn't Work: Helping manufacturers without the staff, expertise, facilities, or equipment to develop new products or operate successfully in today's competitive international marketplace"

* Leland Vane, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Environmental Protection Agency, "How Pervaporation Saved the World: Recycling of soil remediation fluids using membrane-based pervaporation"

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Felicia Kornegay, coordinator of external affairs in the School of Chemical Engineering, 5-7427,

Having trouble connecting to the library online catalog?

If you are having trouble connecting to the library catalog, it is probably because Netscape needs to be configured with tn3270 software. Most of these cases can be solved by these instructions:

PC Users 1. In Netscape, go to Edit/Preferences. Click on Applications. Scroll to URL:tn3270 protocol 2. Click on Edit; PC users type tnstub.exe %1 in the applications box. Click OK. You are done.

Mac Users 1. Open Bear Access and select "Updates and Extras" button on the first screen. 2. Click the "Netscape" button, followed by the "Configure Navigator" button. You are done.

These instructions may not work for everyone, especially if you don't have Bear Access installed. More detailed instructions, including a self-configuration checker, is available at set_up.cgi or call Jill Powell, 5-8701,, for assistance.

Library research classes for Engr 150 and other classes

The staff at the Engineering Library and ACCEL (Academic Computing Center in the Engineering Library) are giving classes called "Library Research on the Web" for Engr 150 and any other engineering classes desiring instruction on using library databases. Classes can be tailored to your needs (to include patent searching, for instance). Contact Jill Powell, 5-8701,, to schedule or discuss. Class descriptions and handouts are at instruction/engr150info.html.

Duffield Hall Update

Schematic designs for the building and associated quad renovation projects are proceeding and should be complete by the end of October. Two basic building configurations are currently under study which differ in massing at the north and south ends of the structure. Various entry schemes also are being studied. Designs for the quad are being refined based on comments provided at the last meetings of the faculty Exterior Design Advisory Committee and university review groups. Concurrently, airflow modeling is expected to begin within several weeks. Contacts: Mark Spiro and Clif Pollock.

EGSA sponsors lecture by Prof. Graeme Bailey

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites all graduate students, faculty members, and researchers to attend their September social seminar event. Prof. Graeme Bailey from CS and Math will give a talk entitled "Modeling Wiggly Reality" on Wednesday, September 29 in B11 Kimball at 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail or check out the EGSA web page at

Grad student handbook available

Attention New Graduate Students! The Engineering Graduate Student Association (EGSA) has compiled a handbook specifically for you about academic issues, Cornell resources, and the Ithaca surroundings. If you did not receive your FREE copy at orientation, you can pick it up from Mehul Motani in 339 Rhodes Hall. (Don't forget to pick up your free mug when you get the handbook!) Questions? E-mail

Get your department on the front page of the engineering web site

Your unit or department can be Front Page News on the engineering college web site! Here's how: Call or e-mail Carol Terrizzi, 5-3981 or, to plan and develop three images/captions with links that describe the work of your unit or department. These sets of images and captions will be featured on a rotating basis on the engineering home page Each time a visitor comes to the home page, one of the three images and captions will appear.

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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.