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Volume 3, Issue 13
February 14, 2001


In this issue:


New elections to endowed chairs

Congratulations to the following College of Engineering faculty members who were elected to named positions, effective February 1, 2001, by the Cornell Trustees at their January 27 meeting:

* Wilfried H. Brutsaert, William L. Lewis Professor in Engineering

* Harold G. Craighead, Charles W. Lake, Jr., Chair in Productivity

* Michael C. Kelley, James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering

* Christopher K. Ober, Francis Norwood Bard Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

* W. Mark Saltzman, BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Professor

* Kenneth E. Torrance, Joseph C. Ford Professor


Wise promoted to full professor

Congratulations to Frank Wise, AEP, who was promoted to full professor in the College of Engineering, effective January 1, 2001.


Cowen receives NSF Career award

Asst. Prof. Edwin "Todd" Cowen, CEE, has received an NSF Career award effective July 1, 2001. His project is funded through the NSF program in Fluid Dynamics and Hydraulics, Division of Chemical and Transport Systems Engineering (CTS) and is entitled, "The Effect of Clean and Contaminated Free Surfaces on Turbulence and Gas Transfer at an Air-Water Interface: An Integrated Research and Educational Program."

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.


Wang receives ONR Young Investigator award

Asst. Prof. Z. Jane Wang, TAM, was one of 26 researchers to receive a Young Investigator award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research. According to the ONR, Wang will model "the interaction of unsteady, viscous air flow and dynamic boundaries of a moving insect wing and use this to model insect flight guidance and control. This research is expected to lead to a general theory of insect flight, facilitating the production of micro air vehicles."


Cool and Gouldin receive DoD awards

Prof. Terrill Cool, AEP, and Prof. Frederick Gouldin, MAE, have been awarded research instrumentation grants from the Department of Defense (DoD)/U.S. Army. The awards are among 242 to 99 academic institutions, totaling $45 million, announced by the DoD. The grants are made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments or develops university capabilities to carry out cutting-edge defense research.

For more information, see the news release online at http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/Feb01/DOD.awards.deb.html.


CSE announces new academic achievement award

The Cornell Society of Engineers has established a $1500 award for academic achievement to recognize individuals in the college who enhance undergraduate education, outside of the classroom, who are not tenure-track faculty members.

Criteria: Nominations are encouraged for individuals who have provided outstanding support for undergraduates outside of the classroom. Activities could include mentoring, advising, team support, research support, curriculum enhancement, and laboratory support.

All undergraduates have been invited to nominate individuals for this award. Deadline for their nominations is February 28. Nominations will be received in the Undergraduate Programs e-mail box. They will be grouped by department and unit and sent to the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs in each department and unit supervisors, as appropriate, who will be asked to endorse the nominations from their areas, if they wish, and to add others.

A committee of alumni, staff, and students will choose the winner(s) on March 31. The award will be made on April 6 at the annual awards banquet of the Cornell Society of Engineers.


Submit to the Engineering Graduate Research Symposium!

Submission Deadline - February 19, 2001. ALL engineering graduate students are encouraged to submit one-page abstracts of their work to the inaugural Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Abstracts should be written for a general engineering audience; selected abstracts will be eligible for monetary prizes. For submission details, see the symposium webpage: http://www.engr.cornell.edu/symposium


Mid-term feedback process begins for all Eng TAs

To all Engineering TAs: You are encouraged to participate in the College TA Mid-term Feedback Process. The process provides you with direct student input on your teaching skills, methods, and approaches. Proper use of the results can help you implement changes and improve your teaching and thus lead to a more productive and enjoyable experience for everyone in your classes, including yourself.

Feedback forms are available through your departmental graduate field office. Have students complete these forms in your classes during the period of February 19 to March 7, and arrange for return of completed forms no later than March 7 at 4:30 p.m. to the Office of Instructional & Research Support. Turn-around time is targeted for two weeks.

Questions? Contact Pat Spencer, director, Office of Instructional & Research Support, 142 Olin Hall, oirs_eng@cornell.edu, 254-1399.


Eng Library offers Endnote and HTML workshops

Using Endnote for Managing References Monday, 26 February 2001, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Learn how to manage references for your papers and thesis with Endnote. We will import records from databases, such as the Cornell Library Catalog, INSPEC, and Web of Science using filters and connection scripts. Bibliographies can be formatted in many styles, such as ASCE, IEEE, Nature, PNAS, and Science.

HTML Advanced: Cascading Style Sheets Monday, 5 March 2001, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Learn how to control the presentation of web pages - specify fonts, graphics, color, and open space with stylesheets.

Both workshops will be held in the ACCEL Blue room. Please register at engrref@cornell.edu; if you have questions, call Jill Powell at 255-5935.


Suter, Heller to speak at manufacturing seminars

The Engineering Manufacturing Seminar (MAE 584, ORIE 894), sponsored by the Cornell Society of Engineers, is scheduled for Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in B17 Upson Hall with refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge. The lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming speakers are:

Thursday, February 15, 2001 Albert E. Suter '57 ME, MBA '59, senior vice chair and chief administrative officer, Emerson Electric "US Manufacturing: Succeeding in a Globally Competitive Environment"

Thursday, February 22, 2001 David Heller '81 ME, CEO, Heller Industries "Insights into Electronic Circuit Manufacturing"


Greatbatch is co-recipient of Russ Prize

Wilson Greatbatch, BEE '50, was named, along with Earl Bakken, as a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize for engineering achievement. This is the first time the award has been given; it is targeted to bioengineering for its initial years. The prize carries a $500,000 cash award and a gold medallion. The award was given for "...saving, extending, and improving the quality of human lives through the engineering development and commercialization of implantable heart pacemakers."


IEEE Xplore downtime scheduled for Feb 18

The database IEEE Xplore has scheduled downtime on Sunday, February 18, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will not be searchable during that time. The URL is http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/. IEEE Xplore is full-text database of IEEE and IEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and standards.

--Jill H. Powell, Engineering Library, jhp1@cornell.edu


What's it like to work here: "frontline feedback"

The College of Engineering has asked the university to conduct "frontline feedback" sessions for our administrative staff. Small groups of administrative staff will meet with Mary Opperman, Vice President of Human Resources, and a member of the Employee Assembly Frontline Feedback Committee. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss what it is like to be a part of the Engineering College and to gather ideas about how we can make the college a better place to work.

Administrative staff will be invited to attend a session on March 13, March 14, or March 20. All sessions will be held in McManus Lounge from noon to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. We ask that supervisors encourage their employees to attend. We sincerely hope all administrative staff will attend a session and will feel comfortable sharing their experiences and ideas.

These sessions are for administrative, human resource, and accounting staff only - future sessions will be scheduled with technical and supervisory staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us, your department manager, or Debbie Philip (5-6050).

--John Hopcroft, Dean, and Cathy Long, Asst. Dean


Architect Meier on campus as Rhodes professor

Richard Meier, the architect who designed the Getty Center, among other buildings, will be returning to campus April 8 to 14 as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor. If you would like him to participate in your class or other related activity, please send a proposal to Gerri Jones at gaj1@cornell.edu.

For information about the Rhodes '56 Professorship and about Professor Meier: http://www.cornell.edu/Academic/Rhodes56/ http://www.GreatBuildings.com/architects/Richard_Meier.html


Invitation: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Symposium

In the first campus-wide event of its kind, Cornell University and the Johnson School are proud to present the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Symposium, assembling thought leaders from around the world to address pressing issues central to the development of high-growth ventures. The event is designed to accomplish two primary objectives: to extend knowledge to the Cornell community about entrepreneurial and venture capital-related issues and to raise awareness within the venture capital community about Cornell ventures and initiatives.

To achieve these goals, the symposium will be structured to address three topical areas:

* How Venture Capital Fuels and Shapes the Economy * The New Venture Process: From Idea to IPO * Visions of Our Techno-Economic Future

The event, scheduled for February 16, is open to everyone but space is limited, so sign up today! Find more information or online registration at http://www.evcclub.com/.


Engineering Admissions begins spring applicant review

The Engineering Admissions Office is pleased to announce that the regular admissions review process is now underway. Admissions committees convened in the Engineering Admissions Office (102 Hollister Hall) on January 2nd of the new year to begin reviewing candidates for regular admission. Our applications are up 14 percent and we will review over 4500 applications during the course of the spring semester, finishing in mid-March. Decision letters will be mailed to candidates on April 1. With a solid foundation of engineering students admitted in early decision, the Engineering Admissions Office looks forward to continuing the excellence of recent entering engineering classes by enrolling a superb class of engineers next fall!


Enter the Collegiate Inventors Competition

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is a nationwide competition that recognizes college student/advisor teams for their innovative work in solving engineering and scientific challenges. The competition offers participants the unique opportunity to win a $20,000 cash prize and national recognition for their accomplishments. Advisors receive a $10,000 cash prize. In addition to advancing the state of technology, the program promotes the working relationship between students and their advisor/mentors. This is the Collegiate Inventors Competition's 11th year.

Entries are judged on their originality and on their potential value to society. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2001. Applications and all official forms can be downloaded via the Internet by visiting http://www.invent.org/collegiate/. Contact: Ray DePuy (330) 849-6887. E-mail: rdepuy@invent.org.

Winners attend an awards ceremony held at The National Inventors Hall of Fame on September 14. Each is an honored guest among some of the world's most famous inventors - members of the Hall of Fame.


BOOM 01 is here!

BOOM (Bits On Our Mind) 2001 Wednesday, February 28 4 to 6 p.m. Upson Hall - 3rd, 4th and 5th Floors

This year's BOOM is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and showcases student efforts in creativity in digital technology and applications. Participants present projects from courses, research, or independent work.

This is an exciting event loaded with unique and wonderful presentations and we invite you to show us your stuff! There will be other visiting departments as well as company representatives to enjoy your creations!

Deadline for projects is February 16, 3 p.m.

To submit your project, visit http://www.cs.cornell.edu/boom. If you have further questions, e-mail kathyc@cs.cornell.edu.

--Kathy Carpenter, CS


Engineering students recognized in writing seminar

Three engineering freshmen were recognized for their work in First-Year Writing Seminars for the fall semester: Rebecca Wohlgemuth received a $350 Spencer Prize for her paper, "Metaphor as Medium"; Eric Margelefsky received a $350 Spencer Prize for his paper, "From Logic to True Reality"; and Jun Jie Zhou received an Adelphi Award honorable mention for an essay entitled "Legacy of Boris Yeltsin."


Submitting announcements to Information Update

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