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Volume 3, Issue 16
March 28, 2001

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Zabaras promoted to full professor

Provost Biddy Martin has approved promotion of Nicholas J. Zabaras, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to the rank of professor, effective April 1, 2001.

Jenkins awarded honorary degree

On March 14, Prof. James T. Jenkins, TAM, was awarded the degree of Docteur Honoris Causa from the University of Rennes (France) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of granular materials.

Gebremedhin named to RB Hall of Fame

ABEN Prof. Kifle Gebremedhin was selected to the Rural Builder Hall of Fame. Members of the Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Rural Builder Magazine, are nominated and elected by existing members.

NAE's Wulf to lecture on April 11

Dr. William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, will present a lecture on "The Diversity Imperative for Engineering" on Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in 255 Olin Hall. The event is sponsored by Women's Programs in Engineering and Computing Information Science. A reception, hosted by the Student Advisory Group for Women in Engineering, will follow at 5:15 p.m. in 128 Olin.

All member of the Cornell community are invited to attend.

MIT's Langer to deliver Smith Lectures

The fourteenth annual Julian C. Smith Lectures in Chemical Engineering will be presented by Robert S. Langer on April 23-24. Langer '70 ChE is the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at MIT.

The topic for April 23 is "Controlled Release Systems for Macromolecules." On April 24, the topic is "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives." Both lectures will begin at 4 p.m., with refreshments served in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge in Olin Hall at 3:30 p.m.

The Smith Lectures are free and open; members of the Engineering community are encouraged to attend.

Birnbaum to deliver Sack Memorial Lecture

The School of Applied and Engineering Physics will host the Henri Sack Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium of Rockefeller Hall. Joel S. Birnbaum '59 EP, senior technical advisor of Hewlett-Packard Company, will deliver the lecture titled "The Domestication of Computers." A reception will be held immediately following the lecture in 700 Clark Hall. Members of the engineering community are encouraged to attend.

Engineering Graduate Research Symposium this Saturday!

Don't miss it! The Engineering Graduate Research Symposium will be held this Saturday, March 31, in the Biotech Building. This inaugural event will feature oral and poster presentations by graduate students from across the college.

1:00 p.m. Lunch, Guest Speaker John Silcox (RSVP REQUIRED) 2:30 p.m. Oral Presentations (G10 Biotech) 4:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony (G10 Biotech) 4:40 p.m. Poster Session (Biotech Atrium)

All faculty, staff, and students in engineering are encouraged to attend. Don't miss your chance to see cutting edge research and support graduate students in engineering.

For more information, call 255-7413 or visit

SHPE named best chapter

The Cornell Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has received the award for the Best National Chapter of the Year (mid-size). The award honors the work of the members and the executive board of the 1999-2000 academic year and is given for excellence in chapter development programs, community service, professional development, leadership development, academic development, and career development programs.

The leadership team of the 1999-2000 academic year was:

* Anaiza Morales, president, '00 OR * Mariela Sanchez, director of marketing and career development, '00 OR * Antonio Zuniga, director of social and community service, '02 * Jose Aleman, director of Academic Affairs, '01 ChE * Christian Vazquez, director of communication, '01 ME * Kevin Reigeluth, director of finance, '00 MSE * Brian Yee-Chan, first-year student representative, '03 OR * Sean Lally, VP, '00 ABEN * Randy Rivera, VP, '01 OR * Cassandra Lehman, secretary, '01 GS

Conference: Creating Successful Technology-Based Businesses

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any of the sessions of the upcoming CSE (Cornell Society of Engineers) conference, April 5-7, entitled "Creating Successful Technology-Based Businesses." There is no cost for attending the sessions, but we do need to have you register. The program and registration can be accessed on the web at

This will be a great program, featuring a showcase of technology on Friday afternoon, with engineering faculty members and graduate students.

Any questions? Call Jeanne Subialka at 5-9920, jms20, or Marsha Pickens at 5-6094, mp26.

Altman, Welch 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 29, 2001 Elizabeth Altman '88 ME, senior director, business development and strategic alliances, Motorola Internet Software and Content Group "Negotiating strategic alliances in the wireless communications industry"

Thursday, April 5, 2001 David Welch, Ph.D. '85 EE, chief technical officer, SDL Inc. CSE Conference lecture: William G. Ohaus '49 Memorial Manufacturing Engineering Seminar

Applicants invited for CALS teaching workshop

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will hold a teaching workshop, "Thornfield Experience: Promoting More Effective Teaching," at the Thornfield Conference Center in Cazenovia, N.Y., in June. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 18, and finish at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20. Participants will gain practical benefits for their teaching and advising careers. There is limited space available for faculty members from other colleges. Interested engineering faculty members should contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs, 5-8240, 222 Carpenter Hall,

Mandatory student ID card reissue in Olin on April 2-3

During the month of April, the Office of the University Registrar will be reissuing Cornell identification cards to all students who now have social security numbers (SSN) printed on their cards to comply with New York State law.

All undergraduate and graduate students with a 9-digit SSN on their ID card (who are not graduating in May) must get a new card. This primarily affects current sophomore and junior engineering students and graduate students who came to Cornell before Fall 2000.

Recarding stations will be set up in 115 Olin Hall on Monday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Simply come with your ID card, and a new card without the SSN will be printed for you. The process should only take about 5 to 10 minutes, and your regular services (including TCAT bus passes) will not be interrupted. If you cannot attend one of these dates, please attend one of the other sessions on campus (a complete schedule is posted on the web address below).

For more information about the student ID card reissue, contact Marisa Piliero, Office of the University Registrar,,

Nobel winner to speak in Binghamton on nanotechnology

Alan MacDiarmid, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his development of plastic polymers that conduct electricity, will discuss his work at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in Watters Theater on the campus of Binghamton University. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. MacDiarmid will repeat his Nobel award lecture, which will interest science and engineering faculty and students, yet also be accessible to a general audience.

For more information, please contact Hilton Baxter, program coordinator, Center for Learning & Teaching,, 607 777-6379, or visit the web site at

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