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Volume 3, Issue 14
February 27, 2001

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Career awards: Escobedo and Wang

Asst. Prof. Fernando Escobedo, ChE, has received an NSF CAREER award for his project "Molecular and Mesoscopic Modeling of Somatic Mutations and the Progression of B-cell Malignancies."

In addition to the ONR award announced earlier, Asst. Prof. Z. Jane Wang, TAM, has also received an NSF CAREER award for her project "Insect Flight: Computation, Biomimetic Design, and Control."

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.

Avedisian elected AIAA Fellow

Prof. C. Thomas Avedisian, MAE, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Nominations to Fellow are made for "Persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who shall have made notable valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof." Avedisian will be honored at the Honors Night Banquet, in conjunction with the Global Air and Space Conference at Arlington, Va., on May 8.

D'Andrea named IEEE senior member

Asst. Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea, MAE, as been granted the level of Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Senior Member is the highest professional grade for which application may be made. Approximately 8 percent of the 350,000 members have achieved this grade, which is based on experience reflecting professional maturity.

Leadership series presents Corning president, senior v.p.

The Speaker Series on Leadership, Management and Diversity in Corporate America presents "Corning: Discovering beyond Imagination," featuring Peter F. Volanakis, president of Corning Technologies, and Pamela C. Schneider, senior vice president for human resources and diversity officer, on Wednesday, February 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in 305 Ives Hall

This Speaker Series is a program to provide a unique opportunity for the campus community to gain first-hand knowledge of best practices in managing diversity in U.S. corporations. The central purpose of this series is to enhance students' abilities to manage and lead diverse workforces and to bring Cornell University to the forefront of diversity management in academia and in training future business leaders.

The event is free and open; members of the engineering community are invited to attend.

What is Cornell's Office of Government Affairs?

Cornell University's Office of Government Affairs maintains offices on the Ithaca campus and in Albany and Washington, D.C. Collectively these offices work at the local, state, and federal levels to monitor legislation and policy development that could have an impact on the university.

They communicate with appropriate campus constituencies, coordinate the development of appropriate campus responses, provide legislative advocacy, and represent the university in various associations and coalitions that address issues related to higher education.

The staff are active in addressing issues that affect the university's funding of student financial aid, Bundy aid, and the annual state appropriations for Cornell's state-assisted, statutory colleges and schools. The staff also monitor opportunities that relate the university's existing research to the budgets of such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Defense, NASA, and other agencies that support university based research.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to share information and coordinate legislative meetings with any member of the Government Affairs staff and to utilize the Albany and Washington office facilities when conducting business in those areas. Contact numbers for the Office of Government Affairs are:

114 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853 phone 607 255-8307; fax 607 255-5396 e-mail:

90 State Street, Suite 600, Albany NY 12207-1706 phone 518 434-4157; fax 518 434-4247 e-mail:

444 North Capitol Street, Suite 380, Washington, DC 20001 phone 202 434-8035; fax 202 434-8038 e-mail:

For more information, visit the Government Affairs web site:

--Ann-Marie Adams, Assistant Director, Office of Government Affairs, 114 Day Hall

New HR director now on board

On Monday, Nancy Trussel joined the staff as director of Human Resources and Professional Development for the College of Engineering. (See the Jan 17 Info Update for more information.) As director, she will be responsible for human resource and professional development activities for faculty and staff. She will work closely with Mike Kelley, Cathy Long, and Mike Hayes on climate initiatives for faculty, staff, and graduate students. This position was formerly the director of human resources and has been redefined in light of our professional development goals.

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean for Administration

Duffield construction documents nearing completion

The design of the Duffield Hall - Pew Engineering Quadrangle Landscaping project is nearing completion. Construction documents will be available for subcontractors to bid in mid-March.

The contractor for the project is the McCarthy/Welliver McGuire joint venture. McCarthy Builders, a nationally ranked construction management firm headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., has provided preconstruction consulting services to the project team for nearly three years. McCarthy is combining their cleanroom and research facility experience with Welliver McGuire's extensive local market experience as the largest regional general construction firm.

Construction on the $62 million research facility and landscaping project will start soon after Commencement.

Public presentation on Duffield interior

On Monday, March 12, members of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, the architecture firm designing Duffield Hall, will be coming to campus to present the proposed interior finishes and furniture layouts for Duffield Hall to the college community. You are welcome to attend the presentation, "Public Spaces, Administrative Spaces, and Student & Collaborative Study Space," from 3:00-4:30 in McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall. All those planning to attend should RSVP to Susan Drew ( by March 7, 2001.


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 -- don't miss it!

Spero, Galvin 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, March 1, 2001 Don Spero '61 EP, director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business "Engineers/Entrepreneurs/Issues"

Thursday, March 8, 2001 Greg Galvin, PhD '84 MSE, MBA '93, president and CEO, Calient Optical Components "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

Clark Construction award announced for 2000-2001

Lucie Fougner '01 CE has been awarded the Clark Construction Group Scholarship for 2000-2001. The scholarship is awarded annually to a top civil engineering student who has shown interest and aptitude in construction. The winner receives a scholarship in the amount of $4000 and is recognized at the annual ASCE dinner.

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