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Volume 2, Issue 21
July 12, 2000

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Billington and D'Andrea selected for Frontiers of Engineering

Asst. Prof. Sarah Billington, CEE, and Asst. Prof. Raff D'Andrea, MAE, have been honored with selection to participate in the 2000 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Each year the National Academy of Engineering hosts the Frontiers symposium to bring together outstanding engineers from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technology work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The symposium was developed in recognition of the fact that engineering is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. The program provides an opportunity for top-notch engineers, early in their careers, to learn about cutting-edge developments in fields other than their own, thereby facilitating collaborative work and the transfer of new approaches and techniques across fields.

BRAIN places second in international AUV competition

The Cornell Big Red Artificial Intelligence Navigator (BRAIN) team won second place at the third annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition held July 7-9 at Lago Dorado, on the grounds of Disney's Coronado Springs resort in Orlando, Fla. Cornell's submarine took first place in the Safety of Design, Technical Merit, and Craftsmanship categories, and tied for second place overall with the competition favorite and two-time defending winner, MIT. This is the first year Cornell students have participated in the event; the team was organized last fall by sophomores Serguei Vassilvitskii, Nidhi Kalra, and Walter Chang and advised by Asst. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, EE. Read all about it at

New licensing associate at CRF

Jim Severson, president of Cornell Research Foundation, introduced Scott MacFarlane, CRF senior licensing associate in charge of intellectual property in the physical sciences, at the Engineering Corporate Roundtable held in Rhodes Hall on June 20. MacFarlane who began at CRF in May, looks forward to getting to know the people and projects on the Engineering Quad and stressed that "sooner is better than later" when it comes to developing technology transfer ideas.

MacFarlane spent the last year and a half at the Xgene Corporation, a San Francisco Bay area biotech startup, as CFO in charge of all business activities for the company. Prior to this, MacFarlane worked for a number of companies in industries ranging from elevators to building hardware to HVAC to consumer software. During his career he has served in a variety of roles, including tours of duty in engineering, production management and control, finance, and business and product development. He holds an engineering degree from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Virginia, and has completed two years of course work towards a doctorate at Cornell's Johnson School.

Cool moves

If you've ever wondered how an "omnidrive" might improve a game of robot soccer, or if you would just like to check in on how Cornell's RoboCup Team 2000 is shaping up, tune in to, download the RoboCup video, and see for yourself!

Memorial planned for Prof. Weiss

As announced in a previous Info Update, Lionel Weiss, Professor Emeritus in Cornell's School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, died suddenly on May 23. He was 76 years old. A memorial service at Cornell with the family is scheduled for August 27 at 3 p.m. in the Taylor Room at the Statler Hotel. For further details, contact the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, phone 255-4856, e-mail, or consult our web site at

--Sidney Resnick, Director School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Duffield Hall update

The Cornell Board of Trustees approved the Duffield Hall and Quadrangle designs and authorized the development of construction documents at the June 22nd meeting in New York City. The next trustee action will be to authorize construction and is currently projected to be in early 2001.

The project team held a kick-off meeting for the construction documents phase of the design. This is the final phase where the project plans and specifications are detailed for the construction of the building.

A major milestone in the local approval process will be met July 18th when the draft Environmental Impact Statement is delivered to the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board. The board and their consultants will then determine if the draft adequately meets the approved scope before inviting public comment--probably in September.

Assistant Dean for Administration Cathy Long, has commissioned an Internal Communications Advisory Committee with Barbara Cain as chair to "develop and implement plans for communicating with college community members, customers, and key university officers regarding Duffield-related activity."

The Duffield project team will conduct field investigations in Phillips and Upson Hall the week of July 17th. They will return to meet with the occupants of those buildings to discuss preliminary construction phasing plans and obtain feedback on how to mitigate impacts to programs in those facilities.

--Bob Stundtner, Duffield Hall Project Manager

Very important visitors to the E-Quad this summer

While the dog days of summer may be upon us, the Engineering Admissions Office is in high gear, greeting and meeting high school students and their families. Summer is the peak season for visiting colleges and universities and the College of Engineering is no exception with a steady stream of visitors coming to the quad daily to learn more about Cornell Engineering. If you happen across folks searching for the Engineering Admissions Office, please direct them to 102 Hollister Hall, phone 255-5008. The summer schedule of events for prospective students is as follows:

Student-led tours of the engineering quad: (departs from and returns to 102 Hollister)

M, W, F at 1:30

College of Engineering Information Sessions: (held in 102 Hollister Hall)

M, F at 10:15 and 2:15 W at 2:15 T, Th at 1:00 by appointment

--Engineering Admissions Office

Savage and Buhl coordinate career seminars

For the second consecutive year, Mark Savage and Mary Ellen Buhl, Engineering Career Services, coordinated five seminars for technical employers and career services staff, sponsored by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). One hundred participants discussed technical job markets, trends, and observations at sites in New York City; Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh; Rochester; and Portland, ME. Meeting summaries will be posted in late July on the EACE WebSite at

For 2000-01, Savage has been elected to the EACE Directors and Buhl will chair his previous role as Engineering Interest Network Coordinator. EACE serves colleges and employers from Maine to Virginia who participate in college career development and employment recruiting activities.

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