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Volume 4, Issue 20
May 22, 2002

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Cornell Formula SAE team dominates at 2002 competition

Cornell's student Formula SAE racing team won first place in the annual SAE student motorsports competition held May 15-19 in Pontiac, Mich. We don't have the official points summary in hand at press time, but unofficially Cornell garnered about 926 of 1000 points, more than 100 points ahead of the nearest competitor, the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Third through fifth were Georgia Tech, Univ. of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and University of North Carolina (Charlotte).

Cornell's team won First Overall including the SAE Foundation Cup and $3000. They also won $5500 in other awards. Cornell has won the championship four times in the past six years and seven times since it started entering. (Cornell Note: The SAE Foundation Cup is dedicated by the SAE in honor of Cornell mechanical engineering alumnus Neil Schilke '62.)

The Cornell team was made up of more than 30 students from Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Industrial and Labor Relations, and Agriculture and Life Sciences, who design, build, and develop a new car for the competition each year. Student team leaders included Erich Leonard, Kenneth McEnaney, Timothy Reissman of mechanical engineering; Michael Nichols of electrical engineering; and Diane Horey of industrial and labor relations. Albert George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering is the faculty member in charge of the course, assisted by A. Brad Anton, associate professor of chemical engineering.

There were a record number of entries (140) in the 2002 competition, including 13 overseas teams. Organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers and sponsored by a consortium of DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors, the event is considered the premier and largest collegiate engineering competition in the world. The competition includes performance, design, presentation, and cost events.

Ramos to present seminar on Andean Tectonics

The Snee Graduate Organization and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are pleased to announce that Victor Ramos of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, is coming to Cornell to give a special seminar on Andean Tectonics. Dr. Ramos is one of South America's most renowned geologists, an excellent speaker, and an exceptional scientist. Everyone is encouraged to attend. He is also a vice-dean at the largest university in Argentina, a country whose economy has been teetering on the brink of collapse. Funding for Ramos's visit is provided through the SGO and GPSAFC. If anyone has any questions, please e-mail Greg Hoke ( The seminar is on Friday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. in 2146 Snee Hall. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. in the Snee Reading Room.

Cornell Reunion weekend set for June 7-8

Over 5000 alumni are expected on campus June 7-8 for Cornell Reunion to partake in a full schedule of university activities. The College of Engineering has a number of special events for alumni, listed on the web page below. The returning alumni are members of classes ending in "2" and "7", and we have alumni coming back from '27 to '97. Help us make them feel welcome in the college.

Attendee lists are available on the web sorted by college, at

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

Expecting an interesting reunion visitor?

From David Brand at the Cornell News service: "For the Cornell Chronicle's coverage of Reunion Weekend, we would like to know of any interesting stories, people with unusual backgrounds etc. connected with the event. Any item, no matter how seemingly trivial, is welcome. "

Send reunion story ideas to David at

CSE conference talks accessible online

The recordings of the April Cornell Society of Engineers conference on the Life Sciences are now accessible on the web. Just go to the college web page, and click on CSE Conference (or go straight to You can choose which talk to listen to by clicking on the speakers' names. The David Lederman talk was videotaped; the others are audio only.

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

ACM honors Cornell chapter

The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded the Cornell Association for Computer Science Undergraduates a $500 prize for their web site, The prize recognizes the creation and maintenance of Cornell's outstanding ACM Student Chapter web site.

The web crew from the ACSU responsible for the site includes Jason Geffner '04, Milo Polte '04, Matt Feusner '04, Sada Williams '04, Ted Serbinski '04, Benjamin Van Every '03, Jeff Fung '03, and Eric Lee '03.

For more information, see

Sansalone accepts position at NYU

Prof Mary Sansalone, professor of CEE and former vice provost, will be leaving Cornell at the end of May to join President-elect John Sexton's new administration at New York University as both Vice President for Planning and Vice Provost for Academic initiatives. In her role as vice president, she will be responsible for long-term analytical and academic planning. As vice provost, she will have responsibility for working with a number of colleges and for academic aspects of other key functions such as IT and admissions.

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 19 and July 17, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 14.

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