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Volume 3, Issue 22
July 18, 2001

In this issue:

Information Update summer schedule

Info Update is published monthly over the summer; we will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 15.

Live view of Duffield site now available

Now you can follow progress on the Duffield Hall construction site from your desktop via the project web cam. Visit for a real-time look at activities underway on the Engineering Quad.

Craighead featured in Forbes

Our new interim dean, Prof. Harold Craighead, is on the cover of the July 23 issue of Forbes magazine and is featured in an article on nanotechnology. The article is available online at the Forbes website ( We've also requested permission to link to it from the college web site and hope to have that link available shortly.

New address for Hopcroft

Former Dean John Hopcroft is now available at the following address:

Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
5144 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501
Telephone number: 255-1179

Additional contributors to the HEV success

As we announced last month, Cornell's Hybrid Electric Vehicle team placed 5th in the second annual FutureTruck competition and won a $1,000 award for Excellence in Renewable Fuels. Some individuals who contributed to the team's success, however, were inadvertently omitted from the previous announcement. Team advisors include Prof. John Lumley in MAE as well as Prof. Bob Thomas in ECE, and team leaders include A.J. Howard as well as Benjamin Starkey. In addition to renewable fuels award, the Cornell team also received an award for most improved team.

For more information, visit the team web site at or the FutureTruck site at

BRAIN team places fifth in AUVSI competition

Cornell's Big Red Artificial Intelligence Navigator (BRAIN) team placed 5th in the fourth annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, sponsored by AUVSI (the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) and the U. S. Office of Naval Research. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, is lead faculty advisor; James Buescher and Nidhi Kalra are team co-captains.

The AUVSI events took place July 11-15 at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. For more information, visit the team web site at and the competition web site at

Watch for visitors seeking Engineering Admissions

While the dog-days of summer may be upon us, the Engineering Admissions Office is in high gear greeting and meeting high school students and their families. Summer is the peak season for prospective students to visit colleges and universities, and the College of Engineering is enjoying a steady stream of daily visitors eager to learn more about Cornell Engineering. If you happen across folks searching for the Engineering Admissions Office, they are located in 102 Hollister (255-5008). The summer schedule of events for prospective students is as follows:

Student-led tours of the engineering quad (departs from and returns to the Engineering Admissions Office):
M and F at 1:30

College of Engineering Information Sessions (held in 102 Hollister Hall):
M, F at 10:30 and 2:30
W at 2:30
T, Th at 2:30 by appointment

College space utilization study begins July 31

The college is participating as a pilot unit in a university-wide space utilization study initiative commissioned by President Rawlings and Provost Martin. The study will consist of peer comparisons, development of an allocation model using peer data to generate predicted space needs for our departments, and review of existing department space in terms of amount, type, and currently assigned use. Study consultants will conduct a preliminary tour of college buildings on July 31 and August 1.

It is anticipated that the results will provide directors, chairs, and the dean with information to assist in making and communicating space allocation decisions, and will serve as a tool to begin informing college-wide capital planning initiatives that will occur in the college during the next few years.

A faculty/staff oversight group will assist in refining the study methodology, reviewing assumptions and data, helping develop assessment criteria, and providing feedback on draft reports. Members of the oversight committee (as identified to date) are Professors John Silcox (AEP), Claude Cohen (ChE), and John Abel (CEE), and Craig Higgins (Manager ECE), Cathy Long (Coll. Admin.), Jim Bucko (Coll. Dir. Facil.), Tom Cole (Provost Admin.). Remaining committee members will be announced in a future info. update.

Each department will be asked to identify a small group of people to meet with the consultants to talk about department facilities, infrastructure services and limitations, and instructional and research programs.

Jordan to serve as Associate Dean for Undergrad Programs

I am pleased to announce that Teresa Jordan, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will serve as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering for a two-year term, beginning August 1, 2001.

Our undergraduate programs are significantly impacted by the rapid and exciting changes in the college. These changes provide us with ample opportunities, and they also bring many challenges. Terry will assume responsibility for preparing the college to meet these challenges. She will work with the faculty to ensure that we are prepared for our next accreditation review, to facilitate the development of a plan for integrating ethics into the curriculum, and to integrate burgeoning intellectual areas, such as biology, into the engineering curriculum.

Terry is firmly committed to ensuring the college excels in its undergraduate programs, and I believe that we are fortunate that she will play a leadership role in this area. Please join me in welcoming Terry in this position.


Harold G. Craighead
Charles W. Lake Professor of Engineering
Interim Dean, College of Engineering

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.