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Volume 3, Issue 6
October 25, 2000

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Engineering dean search update

The following message was forwarded to all engineering faculty members from the Provost earlier this month:

From: Biddy Martin Subject: Engineering Dean Search

October 3, 2000

Dear Members of the Faculty:

I am writing to urge you to submit the names of potential candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. As you know, the search committee has now met three times and has had preliminary discussions about procedure and about the nominations we have already received. We have not yet made a final decision about whether to enlist a search firm to help us identify the best possible candidates for the job and are awaiting information we solicited from an expert in the world of academic search firms. In the meantime, we have begun to worry about the fact that we have not heard directly from more faculty members in the college. Please send your suggestions directly to me (; 300 Day Hall), to the special email address created for communications about the search (, or to members of the search committee (list is available on the search web site at If you do not wish to submit a nomination but would like to communicate with the committee (or in confidence with me) about any aspect of the search please feel free to write. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Biddy Martin, Provost

Stucky to present Johnson lectures

MSE proudly presents the 2000 Herbert H. Johnson Memorial Lectures featuring Galen D. Stucky, professor of chemistry, UC Santa Barbara

Monday, Nov 6, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball "Mesoscale Synthesis, Structure and Function"

Tuesday, No 7, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball "Light and Nanostructured Composite Materials"

Wednesday, Nov 8, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Composite Materials Synthesis: Learning from Nature"

The event is free and open. Refreshments will be served in the Bard Hall Lounge a half hour before each lecture.

Nolan to present Thorpe lecture

Carol L. Nolan '73 ChE, director of Biopharmaceutical Technical Operations for Glaxo SmithKline, will deliver the 2000 Thorpe Lecture. The talk is titled "Engineering Challenges in Biotechnology: Turning Bugs into Drugs" and will be presented in 255 Olin Hall at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Career panel set for Oct 26

All are invited to attend the Alumni Career Panel:

Date: Thursday, Oct 26, 2000 Time: 4:30 to 5:30 for panel discussion, 5:30 for pizza Place: 165 Olin Hall - with pizza in Chem E lounge

Panelists include: * Jeff Berg '79 OR, M.Eng. '80, MBA '81, director, PRTM Consulting * Mark Brozina '80 ME, principal, Utility Management Consulting Inc. * Ed Butle, '64 EE, M.S. '65, technical manager, Lucent Technologies * Juliann Nelson '80 AgEng, supervisor, mechanical engineer, Eastman Kodak * Dan Miller '78EE, managing director, The Roda Group Moderator: * Sarah Fischell '78 EE, M.Eng. '79, Telecommunications Network Consulting

--Marsha Pickens, assistant dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development

Trouble connecting to library resources? There's help!

If you have trouble connecting to library databases, there are a number of ways you can get help. You can e-mail the Engineering Library (, call (5-5935) or read instructions on the library help pages (click help on These methods don't work for everyone, and we are also available to come to your office to help troubleshoot a problem. So don't hesitate to ask for help! We are paying for these resources and want them to be available for your use.

--Engineering Library

EGSA presents: "Finding a Job after Graduate School"

The Engineering Graduate Student Association is presenting a panel discussion on "Finding a Job after Graduate School" at 5:30 p.m. TODAY (Wedesday, Oct 25) in 111 Upson.

Come talk to recent recipients of engineering graduate degrees and members of industry and faculty recruiting efforts about the process of getting a job. The panel will answer audience questions about job applications, interviews, what resources are available at Cornell to help you, and many other aspects of doing an effective job search. The panel's emphasis will be on the post-PhD job search, but all graduate students are welcome to attend and participate.

The discussion will be followed by an informal dinner with the panelists in Upson Lounge. (If you'd like to have beer with dinner, please bring ID.)

Questions? Contact EGSA at or check out our Web site for more information (

Duffield Hall info session set for Thursday

How will the construction of Duffield Hall affect you? Do you have questions about...

o the construction zone? o the construction schedule? o parking and pedestrian traffic? o the Quad and the Sundial? o the effect on classrooms and offices?

Members of the college community (faculty, staff, and students!) are invited to join the Duffield Hall Management Team for an update on Duffield Hall:

Thursday, Oct 26, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 310 Rhodes

Project team members will provide updates on topics including construction plans, estimated timetables, traffic, and quad renovations. These details are not final, and feedback from community members is important during this stage to ensure concerns are noted and resolved.

In addition to learning more about the new building and quad plans, you are encouraged to attend if you are responsible for classroom and class scheduling, event planning, and/or assisting students.

The presentation will include a special showing of the Duffield Hall "fly through" -- a virtual reality tour of the building.

All members of the engineering community are invited to attend.

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