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Volume 2, Issue 5
October 27, 1999

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Kleinberg wins Packard Fellowship

Asst. Prof. Jon Kleinberg, CS, has been selected as a 1999 Packard Fellow. The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering allow the nation's most promising young professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. Every year, the Packard Foundation's Fellowship Advisory Panel, made up of distinguished scientists and engineers, invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two young professors each from their institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by the panel, which selects 24 Fellows to receive individual grants of $125,000 annually for five consecutive years.

Koch named to Hart chair

Prof. Donald L. Koch, ChE, has been appointed as the Marjorie L. Hart Professor of Engineering effective November 1, 1999. The Board of Trustees approved his election to this endowed professorship on October 9. Koch, who joined the Cornell faculty in chemical engineering in 1987, is engaged in fundamental theoretical and experimental studies that relate the macroscopic transport behaviors of suspensions, porous media, and composite materials to the basic physical interactions between individual particles.

Torrance named Fellow of AAAS

Prof. Ken Torrance, MAE, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The status of Fellow, achieved by nomination either by a group of three Fellows of the AAAS or by the nomination committee within a member's section, is conferred on members "whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." There are approximately 300 new fellows per year.

Valero-Cuevas joins MAE

Francisco Valero-Cuevas has joined the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as assistant professor. Valero-Cuevas earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and specializes in biomechanics and neuromuscular control.

Warhaft named Fellow of APS

Prof. Zellman Warhaft has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.

Williamson named Weiss Presidential Fellow

Prof. Charles H.K. Williamson, MAE, was one of three Cornell faculty members to receive a 1999 Weiss Presidential Fellowship. Each fellowship is a university-wide award for a tenured faculty member who has a sustained record of effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students and of contributions to undergraduate education. The title Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow is a permanent designation, and recipients receive a $5,000 a year award for five years, as long as they continue to hold a professorial appointment at Cornell.

Argonne's John Mitchell to speak at MSE seminar

Members of the engineering community are invited to the upcoming lecture in the weekly MSE Fall 1999 Seminar Series:

"Naturally Layered Manganites: Spin-Lattice-Charge Coupling in Reduced Dimensions" John F. Mitchell, Argonne National Laboratory Thursday, October 28, 4:30 PM, 140 Bard

Refreshments will be served in the Bard Hall Lounge (Rm 260) at 4.

Applied Materials CEO Jim Morgan to give Bangs Lecture

James C. Morgan '60, BME '62, MBA '63, chief executive officer of Applied Materials Inc., has been named the John R. Bangs Jr. Fellow for fall 1999 at Cornell University and will deliver the Bangs Memorial Lecture on Nov. 4. The lecture, "Systems Engineering and Managing Globally in the 21st Century Information Age Corporation," will be given at 4:30 PM in 155 Olin Hall (refreshments in 128 Olin at 4 PM). The John R. Bangs Memorial Lectureship was established in 1990 in honor of a Cornell professor who was an early leader in the development of the field of administrative engineering. The lecture is a component of the Engineering Manufacturing Seminar Series and is free and open to the public.

Panel discussion: How to succeed in grad school

EGSA is please to announce its first panel discussion focused on how to succeed in graduate school. A panel of finishing and newly finished Ph.D.s from a range of engineering departments will take questions about what it takes to get a Ph.D. at Cornell--from the start of the process to writing up and doing a job search. The discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5 PM in Upson Lounge (dinner reception follows).

Panelists: Daisy Fan (senior graduate student in CEE) Kathryn Hollar (senior graduate student in ChE) Chris Papadopoulos (Ph.D. from TAM, now post-doc in CAM) Lakshmi Srivatsa (senior graduate student in EE) Stephen Wirkus (Ph.D. from CAM, now instructor in Math)

For more information on this event or for information on joining EGSA, contact an EGSA representative or or check out the EGSA website at

Open invitation to CSE homecoming event on Nov. 5

The Cornell Society of Engineers, official alumni organization of the College of Engineering, invites all faculty, staff, and students of the college to a homecoming reception on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Upson Hall Lounge, 4-6 PM. The reception will honor engineering alumni who have been named Frank H.T. Rhodes Alumni Award winners: Ken Ackley '60 ChE, Dick Lynham '63 ME, and Tolly Browde '48 EE. Dean Hopcroft will also provide a brief update on college activities. This is a great opportunity to network with alumni who are returning for Homecoming.

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

Accessing campus resources using outside ISPs

A proxy server is used to provide access to Cornell restricted networked resources when they are being accessed from Internet service providers (e.g., AOL, Roadrunner) other than Cornell's EZ-Remote. Only those who are coming from off campus networks and who are NOT using a direct CU Internet connection, EZ-Remote, ResNet, or ExpressLane should follow the steps below if they wish to access Cornell restricted resources:

1. Ensure you have SideCar installed.

2. Ensure you have Cookies enabled on your browser.

3. Configure your browser to use the Proxy Auto Config (PAC) file.

There are step by step instructions on how to do the above at:

Direct any questions to a library reference desk or

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