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Volume 2, Issue 7
November 24, 1999

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Lumley named Fellow of AAAS

John L. Lumley, the Willis H. Carrier Professor of Engineering, 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."

Polaha, Ingraffea receive courseware award

Megann Polaha, MS '99 CE, and her advisor, Prof. Tony Ingraffea, CEE, received the 1999 PREMIER Courseware Award for outstanding software for engineering education at the annual Frontiers in Educa- tion Conference held recently in San Juan, P.R. The award, co-sponsored by the National Engineering Education Delivery System (supported by the NSF), John Wiley and Sons Publishers, Autodesk Inc., and Maple Inc, included $2,500 and software from Autodesk and Maple. Polaha and Ingraffea created "Cracking Dams," one of four modules on a website assembled by a team of engineers and physicists at Cornell and Syracuse under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. Prof. James Sethna, Matthew C. Kuntz, and Paul A. Houle from Cornell's Department of Physics, and Drs. Bruce Carter and Wash Wawrzynek from Cornell's Fracture Group also made substantial contributions to the development of "Cracking Dams." See "Cracking Dams" for yourself at

Rippard receives AVS best paper award

At the annual national symposium of the American Vacuum Society, Bill Rippard, a graduate student in applied physics, received the Leo Falicov Best Student Paper Award for his presentation on Ballistic Electron Magnetic Microscopy. The award consisted of a cash prize of $1000 plus a certificate. Rippard is a member of Prof. Bob Buhrman's research group.

Cornell team wins ACM regional contest

On November 7, students from Cornell's Department of Computer Science won both first and second place in the 1999 ACM Greater NY Regional Programming Contest held at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY. The first-place team -- Hubie Chen, a first-year PhD student, Gun Srijuntongsiri '02, and Jacob Hoffman-Andrews '03 -- will advance to the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Orlando in March 2000. The second-place team was Kang-hoe Kim, a first-year PhD student, Mon-Jed Liu '01, and Joel Chestnutt '02. The coaches were PhD students Adam Florence and David Kempe; teams were sponsored by Green Hills Software.

For more information about the contest, please contact Adam Florence ( or visit the regional web page at .

AISES student chapter wins national award

Congratulations to the Cornell chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, which was honored with the Best Student Chapter award at the society's annual national conference in Minneapolis, MN. Approximately twenty Cornell Native American students attended the conference in November and were on hand to receive the award.

Duffield model on display

A model of the Engineering Quad showing the proposed Duffield Hall, with an accompanying description of its architectural features, is currently on display in the Engineering Library. Interested members of the engineering community are invited to stop in for a look.

Benefit session offered on Dec. 6 for engineering employees

If you still have questions regarding your benefits and open enrollment, here is another opportunity for you to get more information. Computer Science and the Theory Center are sponsoring a benefit information session on Monday, Dec. 6, in 655 Rhodes Hall. The format will be question and answer sessions designed to address your individual questions. All engineering employees are welcome.

Representatives from Benefit Services will be available to answer your health and life insurance questions from 8:30-10:00am.

Representatives from Benefit Services will be available to answer your dental and select benefits questions from 10:00-11:00am.

Remember - the deadline for Open Enrollment is December 10!

Engineers in the National News

The following items are reprinted from "Cornell in the National News," an electronic newsletter from the Office of the Vice President for University Relations that reports Cornell coverage in the national news.

Research by Carlo Montemagno, ABEN, is described in a feature article on "The brave new world of biotechnology and beyond" in the Christian Science Monitor Oct. 28. His nanomotor, 12 billionths of a meter in diameter, may one day lead to "introducing electromechanical systems into living organisms."

CEE's Tom O'Rourke discusses the 1995 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Jose Mercury News Oct. 17. "We were really fortunate in many ways," he says, noting if the fault had ruptured toward San Francisco, extensive liquefaction of the soil would have resulted in far more extensive damage.

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