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Volume 2, Issue 3
September 29, 1999

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Ober named chair of MSE

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Christopher Ober has agreed to be chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for a three-year term, starting January 1, 2000. Prof. Ober has established world-class eminence in polymer research at Cornell. During the 13 years he has been at Cornell, he has established himself as the principal player in polymer research, and he has played a leadership role in the polymer outreach program of the Materials Science Center (now called the Cornell Center for Materials Research). I am confident Chris will provide the strong leadership necessary to maintain the excellence of the department. I am very pleased that Chris is willing to take on this task and look forward to working with him and the faculty in Materials Science and Engineering.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Blakely for serving as acting chair for the past two years. Jack has done an outstanding job creating a vision for the department, expanding its role within the university, and hiring very high-quality new faculty members.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Van der Meulen selected for NSF CAREER award

Asst. Prof. Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, has received a 1999 Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation for her project "Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research and Education." 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.

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. Dinner will be served for seminar attendees following the lecture. For more information on this event or for information on joining EGSA, contact an EGSA representative or or check out the EGSA website at http:www/

Statistics on the Engineering Class of 2003

The Office of Engineering Admissions reports that this year's freshman class is an academically strong and diverse group of students: 78 percent are men, 22 percent are women (up 2 percent from last year), 6 percent are minority students, and 15 percent hail from countries outside the United States. By all objective standards, this is one of the finest classes to enter the college in recent years. Perhaps the strongest indicator of this is the fact that the SAT math average for the admitted class jumped by nine points this year. So please join us in welcoming this unique group of students to our college. If their applications are any indication, this class will be involved in our academic and social community and leave an indelible mark on the university and the college!

--Betsy East, Director, Engineering Admissions

Update: Engineering TA Development Program

The Office of Instructional & Research Support (OI&RS) certified a record high 149 new TAs through the College of Engineering TA Development Program this fall. We would like to thank all the departments for their participation.

As we approach the mid-semester mark, we would also like to remind current TAs and supervising faculty that the mid-term feedback process for all TAs in the College of Engineering begins this week. TAs will receive instructions and feedback forms from their departments, and should gather feedback from their students and arrange for return of completed feedback forms to OI&RS, 142 Olin Hall, by October 15, 1999. All TAs, new and returning, are encouraged to participate in this process.

--Pat Spencer, director, Office of Instructional & Research Support

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

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