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Volume 3, Issue 1
August 16, 2000

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Cleary named associate dean

I am pleased to announce that Rick Cleary has accepted the position of associate dean for undergraduate programs for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2000.

Rick was director for undergraduate programs in ORIE. He has a Ph.D. in statistics and has been active in undergraduate teaching of mathematics and statistics at Cornell since 1993. Prior to teaching at Cornell, Rick was associate dean and chair of the mathematics department at Saint Michael's College, Colcheseter, Vermont, and visiting associate professor in the graduate program in statistics at the University of Vermont, Burlington. Rick enjoys working with undergraduates and is looking forward to improving their experience at Cornell.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tim Healey for serving as associate dean for undergraduate programs for the past year. His dedication and strong commitment to undergraduates, their parents, and to the faculty was commendable. I know that Rick shares Tim's commitment to improving the undergraduate experience and will continue to build on the work Tim has begun.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Professional programs reorganized

As you know, Prof. Mike Isaacson has agreed to serve another term as associate dean of research and graduate studies. As part of his reappointment, I have expanded the scope of the current area of graduate studies and have asked Mike to provide oversight and leadership in three additional areas: the M.Eng. program, professional education, and graduate student support services. Professional education includes Cornell engineering graduate courses and programs delivered by engineering departments outside of the traditional degree granting system -- for example, eCornell courses and programs.

The purpose of this change is to ensure academic oversight and support of graduate programs in the college, to lead the emerging area of professional studies, to provide more services to graduate students and graduate fields, and to bring more resources to bear on college-level efforts in research resource development. I appreciate the suggestions that some of you made this past year to help formulate this vision.

In order to make this change a success, we are realigning and expanding the role of the college M.Eng. staff to work with Mike in these areas. Mike Isaacson, Mike Hayes, Joe Shultz, Kim Stockton, and Dawn Warren will constitute the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education. Additionally, the office will work with Prof. Mike Kelley and will be responsible for some graduate student support services, such as assisting departments with students in crisis, coordination of orientation, and assisting fields with graduate policies and services. All members of this group will remain in their current office locations.

We are also going to take advantage of our strong corporate and recruiting connections and student relations in our Career Services area by uniting our undergraduate Cooperative Education program (previously under Mike Hayes) with our Career Services operation in Carpenter Hall. Deborah Worley and her administrative assistant will join the Engineering Career Services staff in Carpenter Hall to coordinate the co-op program. Mark Savage, director of Engineering Career Services, will oversee the combined unit now called Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services. The educational emphasis of the co-op program will remain strong and faculty involvement will continue to be a critical component. Both operations are likely to grow even stronger through the corporate connections, recruiting activities, and career counseling resources offered by one another.

I look forward to this improved organization providing faculty, students, and staff with enhanced service. I welcome your comments and suggestions as we work through the transition and as people assume their new roles.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

EE changes its name to ECE

The faculty in electrical engineering has voted to change the name of their organization to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). EE Director James S. Thorp, the Charles N. Mellowes Professor of Engineering, explained in the Spring 2000 issue of Connections, the EE alumni newsletter, that the school's advisory committee recommended the name change to attract students who may be unaware that the school is active in the computer field. The EE faculty voted in favor of the change, and engineering dean John Hopcroft subsequently approved the request. Final approval from the state is expected this summer, and a name-change event will be slated for the fall.

New director of finance and budget

I am pleased to announce that Himani Mewar has joined the College of Engineering as the director of Finance and Budget. She has over ten years of experience in finance, most recently as a senior auditor in Cornell's Audit Department, where one of her assignments was an audit of our engineering college.

As director of finance and budget, Himani will be responsible for financial planning and management of the college's discretionary budget and the dean's restricted funds. She will develop systems and analyses to support planning and decision making in the college. She will be responsible for strategic financial planning activities and will oversee the annual budget process. Himani will also provide a leadership role across the college in working with managers and finance staff in the areas of financial planning and reporting, compliance, training, and systems development.

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean for Administration, Planning, and Facilities

Engineering TA development program

Calling all first-time and/or non-certified teaching assistants in the College of Engineering!

Here is your opportunity for networking with both new and seasoned teaching assistants prior to your first day in the classroom. An experienced group of graduate "TA Fellows" from a full-range of engineering fields will guide you through interactive workshops driven by actual case study from the College of Engineering. We promise to deliver a quality professional development opportunity that will assist you in your new role as teacher.

Need further motivation? The college would like to remind TAs and departments that all new and/or non-certified TAs must complete the College of Engineering TA Development Program OR the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program as a condition for receiving their TA salary. All new TAs (including those in the ITA Program) must attend the introductory session of the Engineering Program on Tuesday, August 22, 2000, from 3:30-7:30 p.m., beginning with registration in 155 Olin Hall. John Hopcroft, Dean of Engineering, will provide a welcome. A mid-program dinner will also be provided.

The full fall schedule is posted on the college web site at (Select "events, related sites" from the menu at right and choose Engineering TA Training Schedule from the list.) Any interested faculty are also invited to participate in these opportunities.

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

Engineering orientation events

The Class of '04 is coming! Activities scheduled for our incoming engineers are as follows:

Saturday, August 19

9-10 AM, President's Convocation, Barton Hall

10:15-11:00 AM, Dean's Convocation, Barton Hall

3-4 PM, Engineering Field Presentations ABEN--OH 155; AEP--OH 165; CHE--OH 255; CEE--HO 366; CS--Statler Auditorium; EAS--SE 1120; ECE--Statler Auditorium; MSE--BD 140; MAE--UP B17; ORIE--RH 471.

4-5 PM, Engineering Reception for new students, parents, faculty, staff, Tent on the Engineering Quad

Monday, August 21

3-4 PM, Engineering Field Information Sessions ABEN--OH 218; AEP--OH 245; CHE--OH 165; CEE--HO 366; CS--OH 155; EAS--SE 1120; ECE--OH 155; MSE--BD 140; MAE--Upson Lounge; OR&IE--RH 471.

4-5:30 PM, Ice Cream Social for faculty, new students, staff in the tent on the Engineering Quad

--Fran Shumway, Associate Director of Advising/Engineering,

RoboCup II: the Defenders

Asst. Prof. Raff D'Andrea (MAE), his students, and their robot soccer team will travel to Melbourne, Australia, August 28 through September 3, to participate in the 4th annual Robot World Cup. Last year's world champs, Cornell's Big Red Robo team will make their second appearance at the competition in defense of their title. Although last year's undefeated sweep of the tournament is a hard act to follow, team members cite numerous upgrades and improvements that will make Cornell once again the team to beat. Tune in during the competition to for the latest information on web casting locations and news updates.

Minch award makes ECE 8 for 8

Asst. Prof. Brad Minch, ECE, has received an NSF Early Career Award for his project "Translinear Adaptive Filtering." All eight assistant professors hired in ECE prior to July 1, 2000, have received NSF Career Awards.

Getting publicity for your events

Get the word out! Your event will receive maximum Internet coverage by listing it on the University Calendar. Both the CU homepage and the Engineering homepage are high traffic sites, and you can have your event listed in both locations in a few easy steps. Go to, click on the "events" button at the top of the page, and post an event to the CU calendar. Engineering college events can be sorted from other university events when visitors access the calendar via the college web site "events" button.

Anyone can post a listing to the calendar; however, events entered by individuals registered with the CU webmaster as "level 2 content providers" are posted immediately; other listings are queued for review prior to posting. If you would like to be a "level 2 content provider" please send your request to Lisa Krakowka , CU webmaster.

--Carol Terrizzi, assistant director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations,

Does your startup idea need business planning?

The Business Innovation Center (BIC), located in the Cornell Business and Technology Park, is a joint venture between Cornell University and Tompkins County. Its mission on campus is to identify Cornell intellectual property that could form the basis of a local startup company. The BIC operates by coupling a dedicated business planning and management professional with an entrepreneurial inventor or idea, where a clear commercial opportunity can be defined. This combination of technical and management expertise forms the basis of a business start. The director of the BIC is Abby Westervelt. She has an MBA from the Johnson School and worked most recently in Business Development and Competitive Intelligence at Corning, Incorporated. She can be reached at 257-3964,email

--Jennifer Shea, director, Engineering Corporate and Foundation Relations,

Hoy Road reopens; quad fence up until October

This just in from Utilities:

* Sometime Wednesday morning, the 16th, the intersection of Hoy and Campus Rd will be reopened. The exact time will depend on when the new stripping for the road is completed and dried. (Weather permitting)

* Thursday around noon the Dwyer Dam bridge will re-open to two lane vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic.

* Late Thursday evening the Hoy Field Parking Garage will reopen for parking to about 92 percent of full capacity. We still have some finish work to do.

Signs at the intersection of Hoy & Campus roads will remain up to notify traffic that there is no outlet at the opposite end until Thursday at noon. "Bridge closed" signs will remain in place just past the Parking Garage until that time also.

"Parking garage closed" signs will come down late Thursday evening. The garage will be ready to accept vehicle traffic Friday (18th) morning.

Postscript to the preceding utilities message: Please keep in mind that although the roads will soon be open, the Utilities Relocation Project is still underway on the Engineering Quad and the fencing will remain in place until the project is completed, currently set for Oct 10.

Tracking visitors to the college web site

During the month of July, 39,526 unique hits were registered at the college web site, This amount is nearly double the 21,134 hits received in June. Most July visitors accessed the site from off-campus (38,058); 863 hits came from the Engineering Quad and 605 were from other campus locations.

Once visitors arrived at our homepage, many went to "Schools, Departments and Courses" (5,739), followed by "Admissions" (2,739), and Graduate Studies (1,039).

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