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Volume 4, Issue 15
March 13, 2002


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Fuchs named dean of engineering

W. Kent Fuchs, head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Michael J. and Catherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor at Purdue University, has been named the Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University. A specialist in dependable computing, testing ,and failure diagnosis, he will serve a five-year, renewable term beginning July 1, 2002. Read the full story online: http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/March02/Engdean.Fuchs.deb.html.


Parlange to receive Horton Medal

Professor Jean-Yves Parlange of the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering will be the recipient of the 2002 Horton Medal awarded to him by the American Geophysical Union. The Horton Medal is a career award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the geophysical aspects of hydrology. It is generally considered the highest award in the nation that one can receive in this field. Over his distinguished forty-year career Parlange has produced more than 450 refereed publications ranging from thermodynamics of social systems to nonlinear mathematics of unsaturated flow through unsaturated porous media.

The Horton Medal is named in honor of Robert E. Horton who is deemed the father of modern hydrology. It is perhaps noteworthy that Robert Horton started his career at Cornell University in 1900. Prof. Parlange is the second Cornell professor to receive the Horton Medal; Prof. Wilfried Brutsaert, CEE, was recognized as the Horton Medal winner in 1999.


Billington to receive ACI award

Asst. Prof. Sarah Billington, CEE, has been selected to receive the ACI Structural Engineering Award for her co-authored paper, "Example Applications of Aesthetics and Efficiency Guidelines." Announcement of this will be made at the general sessions of the ACI Convention in Detroit on April 21.


Grigoriu named editor-in-chief

Prof. Mircea Grigoriu, CEE, has been elected editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics for a four-year term beginning October 1; he previously served as associate editor. He will be supervising and coordinating a distinguished panel of associate editors.


Ingraffea honored by Notre Dame

Prof. Tony Ingraffea, CEE, will received the College Honor Award from the College of Engineering at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, for his significant contributions to the advancement of Engineering or for meritorious achievements in Engineering. This award will be presented on April 16.


Two receive "innovation in teaching" grant

Assoc. Profs. Linda Nozick, CEE, and Prof. Robin Roundy, ORIE, have received a Faculty Innovation in Teaching Grant to develop material for Applied Systems Engineering 1 and 2. This award, part of the Distributed Leaning initiatives supported by President Hunter Rawlings and Provost Biddy Martin, is targeted at faculty who have an interest in improving the educational process by leveraging the impact of contemporary information technologies in their teaching.


Dual honors for Stedinger

Prof. Jery Stedinger, CEE, has received a life membership in the International Water Academy. He has also been named a Center for the Environment Fellow for Water Resources for calendar year 2002. As a CfE fellow, he will be involved in data analysis and modeling related to a WRI research project, interaction with CfE program personnel, and program development as chair of the WRI steering Committee.


The Competitive Edge in Engineering

Want to know how to turn your engineering design into a product that blows away the competition? Join CEE's Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Tony Ingraffea and other industry experts including reps from Microsoft and Intel in a webcast of "How to get the Competitive Edge in Engineering," live from the National Design Engineering Show at noon on Monday, March 18, 2002.

Preregistration is required, so sign up now at http://www.manufacturing.net/dn/index.asp?layout=siteInfoWebzine&view=Detail&doc_id=68717 . (If you have problems with that URL, try http://www.manufacturing.net/dn/ and choose "webcasts" from the menu.)


Shonkwiler is SOM finalist

Brenda Shonkwiler, M.Eng. '02 CE, was selected as one of three national finalists for the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Foundation's annual Traveling Fellowships in Structural Engineering. The SOM Foundation's mission is to help young architects and engineers broaden their professional education, instill in them a heightened sense of their responsibility to improve the quality of the built and natural environments, and encourage them to appreciate the influences that place-making, culture, and technology have on the design of buildings and their settings. The Foundation's program of annual travelling fellowships in different disciplines is the primary means of carrying out this mission.


Urgent message from the Phoenix Society

Dragon Day is almost here and the Phoenix Society has been working very hard all year to construct a project to rival the dragon. Our organization is made up of engineers from all years and majors, so you most likely know at least one student in the Phoenix Society! We're asking for your cooperation and support on Thursday as we unveil our creation.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. from Rand Hall. The dragon will be taking its normal route to the engineering quad where the phoenix will make a rather surprising appearance. We hope that all of you will be near the engineering quad when the dragon meets the phoenix!

We also ask for your support by purchasing a Phoenix Society T-shirt. Our main source of funding for our construction project each year is our T-shirt sale. This year's shirts are navy blue with a white phoenix logo on the back. The cost is $10. If you'd like to purchase one, email me (mle7) with the quantity, size(s), and your location, and we will deliver them to you Thursday morning (we have sizes small to XXL).

--Michelle Engler, Phoenix Society President


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