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Volume 4, Issue 17
April 10, 2002

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Shuler named director of Biomedical Engineering Program

Interim Dean Harold Craighead announced last week that Prof. Mike Shuler has been appointed as the director of the Biomedical Engineering Program (BMEP) effective April 1, 2002. Shuler will step down as director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as of July 1, 2002.

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Kelley honored by the National Academy

Prof. Michael Kelley, ECE, was one of six Cornell faculty members last year to be named national associates of the National Academy of Sciences for their pro bono service to the academy's National Research Council (NRC) and Institute of Medicine. They were among the first 325 individuals designated for this honor. National associate appointments are made by the NRC chair, under guidelines established by the governing board, and associates are appointed for life.

Two engineers among Goldwater winners

All four of Cornell's Goldwater Scholarship nominees were selected for the award this year, and two of them are engineering students: Adam Berman '03 EP and Yolanda Tseng '03 BEE.

According to Beth Fiori, fellowship coordinator for Cornell Career Services, in the past five years, 19 of 20 Cornell candidates have won this award. "Very few institutions can claim such a record," says Fiori. "This is in part due to the good judgment of the faculty who have served on the campus selection committee during some or all of this time. They are Barbara Bedford of Natural Resources, David Cassel of Physics, Don Farley of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Steve Sass of Materials Science and Engineering, and Yervant Terzian of Astronomy."

The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its type. The one- and two-year scholarships cover college expenses up to $7,500 per year.

Merrill Presidential Scholars announced

Six engineers will be among the group of students honored this year as Merrill Presidential Scholars representing the top 5 percent of Cornell's 2002 graduating class. The students are chosen by deans of each of the seven undergraduate colleges for outstanding academic achievement, strong leadership ability, and potential for contributing to society. Each Merrill Scholar selects a secondary school teacher to recognize for their inspirational teaching and a Cornell faculty member who has had a strong influence on his or her academic career. Merrill Scholars from the College of Engineering and their selected faculty members are:

Kenneth D. Davies '02 ME, Prof. Charles Williamson, MAE
Jonathan C. Eser '02 MSE, Assoc. Prof. Yuri Suzuki, MSE
Christopher W. Gosling '02 CE, Winter Lab Tech Serv Mgr Timothy Bond, CEE
Rafael Jaramillo '02 EP, Prof. Bruce Kusse, AEP
Lucas E. Messina '02 ME, Prof. Charles Williamson, MAE
Scott W. Triolo '02 ORE, Prof James Renegar, ORIE

Stuewer to present Bangs lecture TODAY

Sherri K. Stuewer '73 OR, will present the 2001-2002 John R. Bangs Jr. Memorial Lecture today (April 10) at 5 p.m. in B17 Upson Hall. Her topic will be "Optimization in the Oil Business from Top to Bottom." Stuewer is strategic planning manager at ExxonMobil Corporation in Irving, Texas. She is also chair of the Engineering College Council. The Bangs lectureship was established in 1990 to honor the Cornell professor who worked to establish the field of administrative engineering. One of the goals of the lectureship is to provide periodic contacts for faculty and staff with experts in the field of production operations.

Lecture: "What Goes Wrong in Start-up Companies" April 15

All faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend a very special public lecture sponsored by the College of Engineering: "What Goes Wrong in Start up Companies", by Rob Ryan, on Monday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall. Reception follows.

Rob Ryan '69, founder of Ascend Communications is an entrepreneur, author, and board chairman of at least seven companies. After selling Ascend, the networking organization he founded, to Lucent for $25 billion dollars, he retreated to the simpler things in life on his Montana ranch. There he created Entrepreneur America. He is the author of "Lessons From Inside Rob Ryan 's High Tech Boot Camp" (Harper Business). His talk is especially geared for engineering students and faculty members who may be interested in starting their own businesses.

Kim to deliver Smith Lectures, April 15, 17

Dr. Sangtae Kim, vice president and information officer of Lilly Research Laboratories, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, will be on campus on Monday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 17, 2002, to deliver the fifteenth annual Julian C. Smith Lectureship in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His talks are titled "Informatics in Pharmaceutical R&D" and "Microfluidics of Sharp Corners and Edges" and will be given on at 4:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday respectively. The Monday talk will be held in 165 Olin Hall; the Wednesday talk will take place in 255 Olin Hall. Both talks will be preceded by a reception in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge located in Olin Hall, beginning at 3:30pm each day. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Hawkins to lecture on "Synapses to Silicon" April 17

Jeff Hawkins '79 EE will present the Faculty of Computing and Information Distinguished Lecture on April 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the Alice Statler Auditorium. The title of his lecture is "Synapses to Silicon: How Neuroscience Will Impact the Next Fifty Years of Computing." Hawkins is the founder of Palm Computing and co-founder and chairman of Handspring Inc. He will describe his work in modeling neocortical brain function and explain why he thinks this field will emerge as a new computation paradigm in the next few years. He will speculate on where it will ultimately lead the computing field. Hawkins will discuss theories that explain brain function as a predictive auto-associative memory, contrasting neural function to the symbolic processing of digital computers.

Duffield Update: Concrete work going smoothly now

As subscribers to the Duffield listserv know, the Duffield Project team sent out a construction traffic alert on March 14. The team was anticipating a potential slowing of traffic around the site as a consequence of a major placement of concrete the next day. Concrete delivery trucks were expected to arrive and depart every few minutes from 6am until noon.

Unfortunately, concrete placement didn't go exactly as planned: the first two truck loads were pumped into the forms, but testing indicated that the concrete didn't meet project specifications, having two to three times the allowed entrainment of air. The third truckload was rejected as were the next five. The first two loads, which were setting up, had to be removed and the forms restored, which kept the project team busy until about 10 p.m.

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But if you want to cut to the happy ending: concrete placement is back on track! In the next few days, the team will place concrete for the slab on grade defining the southern portion of the cleanroom and characterization suite. Then the remainder of the second floor elevated deck will be formed. It won't be long before something other than the Phoenix rises above the construction fence.


The Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Mu and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are inviting all undergraduate students studying materials at United States or Canadian universities to submit microscope images, made using any imaging technique, in two categories: most artistic image and most scientifically significant image.

Prizes consist of digital cameras made available through the generosity of the Eastman Kodak Company. Award winners will be notified by May 15, 2002, followed by an official announcement in the Materials Research Society bulletin.

For complete rules and additional forms, please visit the homepage of Cornell's Department of Materials Science,, and click the COMPETITION link

Engineering Admissions - Selection and Cornell Days

With the close of this year's regular admissions cycle, the Engineering Admissions Office is delighted to report that applications are up 6 percent this year and the caliber of this year's admitted students is, again, remarkable, and may be our strongest ever. Decision letters were mailed to all candidates on April 3, with admitted applicants required to let us know by May 1 if they will be enrolling at Cornell.

All admitted students have been invited to visit Cornell during "Cornell Days," scheduled on weekdays, April 11-25. If you see students perusing the quad or your facility, we hope you will welcome them to your departments and assist them if they need help.

Daily Engineering events (meet in Rm 102 Hollister):

11:15 a.m., Lunch with Cornell Engineering Ambassadors
1:00 p.m., Topics in Engineering panel discussion
2:15 p.m., Tours of the Engineering Quad

For further information please contact the Engineering Admissions Office at 255-5008.

Buhl named to EACE board

Mary Ellen Buhl, assistant director in Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services, has been elected to the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Board of Directors in the capacity of director of networks (2 years). In this role, she will oversee ten interest networks serving members throughout the Northeast, ranging from community and public service to engineering, liberal arts to small colleges, and alumni services to employer recruitment issues. EACE is the leading association in the Northeast for professionals engaged in career and employment practices pertaining to college students. Buhl will join the Board in June.

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