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Volume 3, Issue 17
April 11, 2001

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Pollock named ECE director

Prof. Clifford Pollock has agreed to be director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a five-year term, starting July 1, 2001. During the 18 years, since he has been at Cornell, Clif has demonstrated a high-level of commitment to the college, to the students, and to the faculty. I am very pleased that Clif is willing to take on this new role and am confident that he will provide the strong leadership necessary to maintain the excellence of the school.

Since this appointment was announced, several individuals have asked how it affects Clif's dean candidacy. The two processes are completely independent, and if Clif is selected to be dean, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will restart their search process for a new director.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Jim Thorp for serving as chair for the past seven years. Jim has done an outstanding job providing leadership and vision for the school, fostering collegiality and hiring top-quality new faculty members.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Saha named to Churchill and Fulbright scholarships

Krishanu Saha '01 ChE has been named a Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation. This scholarship provides one year of support for graduate research in the sciences at Cambridge University. Only 11 scholars are named each year. Kris is the seventh Cornellian to win a Churchill Scholarship since 1992. More information on the award is available at

As an additional note, Kris has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom, although is likely that he will have to decline the Fulbright because he has accepted the Churchill. Nevertheless, double congratulations are in order!

Samorodnitsky paper is in top 10 downloads

Prof. Gennady Samorodnitsky, ORIE, and his co-authors H. Hauksson, M. Dacorogna, T. Domenig, U. Muller (all of Olsen and Associates) recently published "Multivariate Extremes, Aggregation and Risk Estimation" in the journal Quantitative Finance (1, 79-95, 2001) as well as in electronic format. The digital version was recently cited by Social Science Electronic Publishing at being one of the top 10 most frequently downloaded papers in the 60-day period prior to March 26, 2001.

Next year's recruits are here for Cornell Days

Selection is over and hosting is upon us! We received a 15 percent increase (642 apps) in applications and admitted 300 fewer students than last year, so our selection process was extremely competitive. By all measures, the quality of the admitted class is up from last year. Please help us welcome these students to campus as they visit during Cornell Days.

From April 12th through April 26th (weekdays) all admitted students are invited to visit Cornell. During this two-week span the College of Engineering will welcome close to 300 students who have been admitted to the college for fall 2001. The Engineering Admissions Office sponsors several events during Cornell Days including lunch with current engineering students, panel discussions involving faculty, students, and professional staff, and tours of the Engineering Quad.

If you encounter folks on the Quad who look lost or in need of help, please make these people feel welcome and offer assistance. If you have any questions please call us at 255-5008.

--Engineering Admissions

NAE president Wulf to lecture (TODAY)

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.

A student reception, hosted by the Student Advisory Group for Women in Engineering, will follow at 5:15 p.m. in 128 Olin. This is your opportunity to meet a national leader and decision-maker. (And we're serving great food!)

See the April 5 Chronicle for more information (

All members of the Cornell community are invited to attend.

"Doing Good Well" philanthropy panel discussion

A presentation titled "Doing Good Well: The Business of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector" bill be held on Friday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in B5 Sage Hall(reception to follow). All are welcome!

This event will feature a panel discussion by relevant experts on philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations. Topics will include the business of nonprofits and philanthropists, how to get involved with these groups, their goals, success measures, and benefits to the community. The discussion will also highlight benefits to the for-profit sector including building visible and meaningful partnerships and understanding/identifying causes for organizations to become involved with.

The panel is sponsored by Community Impact, a student group responsible for coordinating volunteer activities and promoting responsible business themes at the business school. For further information, contact Andy Leicester (

Speakers Kent Allen, US News & World Report Jill Iscol, president, Jill Iscol & Associates Daniel J. Mansoor MBA '80, president, GoodWorks Group John Semmler, nonprofit consultant Diane Shafer, community nonprofit leader and volunteer

Congratulations to symposium poster winners!

The inaugural Engineering Graduate Research Symposium was held on Saturday, March 31st, and showcased graduate student research through five oral presentations and twenty-five poster presentations. Students presented their research to other graduate students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the College of Engineering.

Congratulations to the following graduate students who won awards for their posters:

Alicia Bailon, MAE Benjamin Bourne, MAE Grigory Bronevetsky, CS Mario Gomes, TAM Nicholas Howe, CS Sylvia Kwakye, ABEN Jonathan Makela, ECE Stefan Minott, ABEN Yogesh Potdar, TAM Andrea Turner, AEP

The second annual symposium will be held in March 2002 - stay tuned for details.

Visit the symposium web page for a complete list of presenters and winners:

Going to ASEE? Let us know

The annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) will be held in Albuquerque June 24-27, 2001. The program has many items of interest for faculty and staff in the College of Engineering. Anyone interested in attending can learn details of the program on line by visiting or by seeing the copy of the program in the Undergraduate Programs Office, 222 Carpenter Hall. If you are planning to attend the meeting, please let us know by writing to Cindy Pakkala ( or calling 5-8240.

--Richard J. Cleary, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Duffield construction will not affect graduation events

With construction of Duffield Hall slated to begin after Reunion Weekend (June 8-10), the Engineering Quad will be intact for Commencement. Department tents will be set up in the same places that they have been in the past.

About 30 trees currently on the Quad will be transplanted prior to the construction start and will need to be moved by the end of April. We have asked for backfill and mulch of the affected areas and do not anticipate that the work will affect the safety or aesthetics of the Quad for commencement activities. Please let me know if you are aware of issues related to the removal that need to be addressed before Commencement.

In order to provide information and to answer questions in a timely and thorough manner, we are establishing a special Duffield e-mail address for community use and an e-mail list for Duffield- related announcements. Until those are in place, please send project questions and comments to Bob Stundtner (directly or via the web site, Commencement-specific questions can come directly to me (cel3).

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean for Administration

Duffield project goes out to bid

The Duffield Hall - Pew Engineering Quadrangle Landscape project is out to bid. The McCarthy/Welliver McGuire joint venture is soliciting bids from over 100 subcontractors for work scheduled to begin soon after Commencement ceremonies this year. Construction activities will start in earnest immediately after Reunion Weekend.

Commencement ceremonies will be displaced from the Quad for 2002 and 2003. Although construction duration is projected at 36 months, the project team will work very hard to have the new atria and redeveloped Quad available for Commencement ceremonies in 2004.

If you're interested in a presentation on construction logistics to your work group, contact the Duffield Hall project coordinator Susan Drew (255-8951,

--Bob Stundtner, Duffield Hall project manager

Proposal will support Biomedical Engineering laboratories

A $1 million preliminary proposal has been made to the Whitaker Foundation to support undergraduate teaching laboratories in biomedical engineering. A copy of the proposal, which includes an overview of both the existing research and teaching in biomedical engineering as well as the proposed multi- college unit in Biomedical Engineering (BME) and a description of core courses is available online. (

"Bring A Child to Work Day" set for April 26

Thursday, April 26, is Cornell's 5th annual "Bring A Child to Work Day 2001." Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Statler Hall Auditorium. Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources will be welcoming parents and children at an opening celebration at 8:30 a.m. From there, parents are encouraged to accompany their children in exploring their career interests or just spend the day with them in their workplace.

The registration form, which includes a complete schedule of activities, is available for your convenience in PDF format at The registration deadline is Friday, April 20. (file will be removed after the deadline.)

Please be sure to ask your supervisors for release time for any activities in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Deb Billups at or 255- 3649.

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