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Volume 3, Issue 20
May 23, 2001

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Symposium, reception to honor Dean Hopcroft

On May 24, the College of Engineering will host a special program in honor of John Hopcroft, who is leaving the deanship on June 30. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the presentations and the reception that will follow.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in 155 Olin with a welcome by Cornell President Emeritus Frank H. T. Rhodes. Bell Labs Fellow Margaret Wright will give the morning address at 10 a.m.; Charles Lee '61, CEO of Verizon, will deliver the afternoon address at 4 p.m. Faculty panels will be presented throughout the day, and President Rhodes will deliver closing remarks at 5 p.m.

The reception will be held in the Memorial Room at Willard Straight Hall and features remarks by Prof. Steve Strogatz, TAM; Susannah Hobbs, Ph.D. '00, founding president of EGSA, and others.

The complete agenda is online at

--Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs & Development

Craighead named interim dean

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

To: Faculty and Staff, College of Engineering

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Professor Harold Craighead has agreed to an appointment as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. President Rawlings and I appreciate Harold's generosity and dedication to the college and will support his efforts to make progress on a number of important initiatives and developments in the college. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your participation in the search process and for the patience and good will you have shown while waiting for this announcement.

I look forward to working with Harold. His appointment will begin officially on July 1, 2001 but he will begin the work of transition right away.

Biddy Martin, Provost

White elected to honorary status in ASCE

Richard N. White, the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus, has been elected to honorary membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers. The installation ceremony will be held during the ASCE annual Convention in Houston in October 2001. Honorary membership is the ASCE's highest honor and recognizes "a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction."

Shoemaker receives Humboldt senior scientist award

Prof. Christine A. Shoemaker, CEE, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for U.S. Senior Scientists for 2001. She will visit Aachen University and Stuttgart University in Germany as a part of her project "Optimal Cost and Risk Minimization of Hydrogeologic Environmental Problems."

Tardos elected to fellowship in academy

Prof. Eva Tardos, CS, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recognized for her "path-breaking contributions in the design of efficient algorithms, most notably for problems related to routing in networks. Settling a long-standing open problem, she gave the first strongly polynomial algorithm for the transportation problem, as well as for solving several other fundamental classes of combinatorial linear programs."

Thomas appointed IEEE-USA VP

Prof. Robert J. Thomas, ECE, has been appointed the IEEE-USA Vice President for Technology Policy Activities. His job is to manage and coordinate technology policy activities of the IEEE-USA through the five committees whose chairs report to him (Aerospace Policy, Communications Information Policy, Energy Policy, Medical Technology Policy, Research & Development Policy). As a result of the position he also serves on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, IEEE-USA OpCom and the IEEE-USA Finance and Budget Committee.

MACECE names Hemami to Fulbright lectureship

Assoc. Prof. Sheila Hemami, ECE, was named a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer by the Moroccan- American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) and invited to speak at the University Ibn Zohr in Agadir and other Moroccan universities including Rabat and Ifrane in May and June. The MACECE was established in 1982 to promote the spirit of traditional friendship between the peoples of Morocco and the United States of America by facilitating academic and cultural exchanges between American and Moroccan citizens.

Saltzman receives NYSTAR funding

Mark Saltzman has received a $999,000 award from the NYSTAR Faculty Development Program to support the new Center for Advanced Materials for Drug Delivery that he will lead. Emphasizing advanced materials for drug delivery, this program will develop new resources for outreach and technology transfer. It is anticipated that it will eventually be housed in the proposed Life Sciences Technologies Building.

Cornell racing team wins again!

This just in: The Cornell Racing Team, with Prof. Al George, MAE, as faculty advisor, has garnered first place once again in the annual FSAE competition. Details are unavailable at press time; however, early unofficial reports indicate that the Cornell team scored over 900 points, ahead of the second place team by at least 100 points.

ACCEL announces summer schedule

ACCEL will begin its summer hours on Wednesday May 30, 2001. The hours will be: Monday-Friday Noon- 6:00pm; Saturday-Sunday CLOSED. The ACCEL staff would like to remind instructors to submit their ACCEL room reservations for summer classes by using the form on the web at: Instructors should submit any software that they need installed for summer classes in ACCEL as soon as possible. Please see the Software Installation Request Form ( for details.

Do you know a special senior?

The Cornell News Service is looking for any unusual graduation stories to highlight in the Cornell Chronicle graduation issue. If you have a suggestion or know a very special senior, e-mail your ideas to Chronicle Senior Science Editor David Brand ( as soon as possible.

Mailing list will share corporate news

The Office of Engineering Corporate Relations is setting up a mailing list to keep subscribers informed of corporate activity taking place at the College of Engineering. All subscribers will be asked to input any corporate news of which they are aware, i.e. corporate visitors coming to campus, corporate visits they make, discussions they have with corporate representatives, gifts they receive, etc. This mailing list will provide a way to track the college's relations with various companies and alert the community to funding opportunities, internships, and RFPs. If you would like to sign up for this list, please contact Nancy Gehres Hover at

Tech Museum seeks awards nominations

The Tech Museum of Innovation, presented by Applied Materials Inc., is seeking nominations for a new awards program that will draw global attention to individuals, companies, and organizations using technology to transform the way we live. The awards categories - health, education, environment, economic development, and equality - were inspired by the State of the Future reports, published by the United Nations University Millennium Project. Up to five finalists in each category will be honored, and one finalist per category will receive $50,000 at the Awards Gala on November 1, 2001. The nomination deadline is June 1. For more information:

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Information Update summer schedule

The is the final issue of Information Update for the spring semester. Info Update will be published monthly over the summer, so you may want to take a look at your calendar and let us know well in advance if you have events and activities in June and July that you want to publicize. Publication dates are June 20 and July 18, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 15.

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