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Volume 4, Issue 21
June 19, 2002

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Clancy named director of CBE

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Paulette Clancy has agreed to be director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2002. Prof. Clancy has established a world-class reputation in research on electronic and advanced materials processing and molecular simulation at Cornell. During the 19 years since she has been at Cornell, she has demonstrated a high-level of commitment to the college, to the students, and to the faculty. I appreciate her willingness to take on the directorship of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I am confident that with her strong leadership and vision, she will foster the research and teaching efforts of the department and position the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for an exciting and competitive future.

Please join me in welcoming Paulette in this position.

Harold Craighead Charles W. Lake Professor of Engineering Interim Dean

Six new endowed chairs elected

At their recent meeting, the Cornell University Board of Trustees elected the following professors to endowed chairs, effective July 1, 2002:

School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
* Claude Cohen, Fred J. Rhodes Professor of Engineering

School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
* Christine A. Shoemaker, Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
* Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering

Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
* Donald L. Bartel, Willis H. Carrier Professor in Engineering

Department of Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
* David Ruppert, Andrew Schultz Jr. Professor of Engineering

Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
* James T. Jenkins, as the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of Engineering.

Dawson receives 2002 Tau Beta Pi teaching award

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Dawson, MAE, on being selected this year's winner of the Tau Beta Pi and Cornell Society of Engineers (CSE) 1999-2000 Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who is elected by engineering students for outstanding performance. The award, which includes a cash prize sponsored by the CSE, was presented at the annual CSE conference banquet in April. Dawson, who holds a doctorate from Colorado State University, joined the Cornell faculty in 1979. His primary area of research is the mechanics and materials science associated with deformation processing in manufacturing; among other courses, he teaches MAE 412 "Smash and Crash: Mechanics of Large Deformations."

Jordan named interim director of Student Success Center

Interim dean Harold Craighead has recently named Assoc. Dean Terry Jordan as interim director of the Student Success Center. "I am convinced that there are considerable advantages to a tighter coupling of programs in the Student Success Center with undergraduate academic programs," Craighead said in announcing the appointment. "This change will give the college an opportunity to leverage the talents of both Terry Jordan, who has agreed to serve as the interim Director of the Student Success Center, and Deborah Cox, who will ensure the ongoing coordination of Student Services. Deborah Cox will also be serving in a critical project management role as she assumes responsibility for key projects in consultation with Terry Jordan." As part of the realignment, directors in the Student Success Center now report to Terry Jordan.

Duffield Hall welcomes new project manager

The science and technology project management group (Bob Stundtner, Jim Pung, Mike Husar, Susan Drew and Marcela Frink) within the office of the University Engineer is very pleased to announce the selection of Amy K. Ritter, P.E., as project manager for Duffield Hall.

Amy came to Cornell in November 2000 as a project manager in the Environmental Compliance Office where she provided environmental guidance, leadership or support to various PDC projects. Working closely with University Counsel, one of her most significant contributions was to negotiate with the EPA a favorable interpretation of "facility" in terms of the Ithaca Campus SPCC, development of the Facility Response Plan, and related self-disclosure and compliance. For the past three months, Amy has been the interim project manager on the Duffield Hall project.

Duffield Hall project update

On Monday, June 10, the contractors began rearranging the construction fence to begin sitework construction activities in the southwest corner of the quad and along the north side of Kimball/Thurston/Bard.

* The pathway between Hollister and Carpenter will not be accessible during this portion of the sitework. * The stairs between Bard and Hollister will not be accessible from the Quad. * The McManus Lounge/east exit of Hollister will remain open, but only for exit to the south, down the stairs toward the footbridge. * Building exits that will be closed during the sitework activities are the east exit doors out of Carpenter, the east exit doors out of the Hollister central lobby, and the north exit doors out of Bard. * Access to and from Kimball/Thurston/Bard will be maintained through the Kimball or Thurston north entrances with access from the Upson direction, or any of the south entrances.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will strive to make the disruption as short as possible. We anticipate the above-mentioned activities will be complete by July 19, with additional interruptions in front of Kimball/Thurston through August 16.

Please share this information with your colleagues and visitors to the campus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Duffield Hall Project Team at

Intel research award contest for undergrads - short deadline

Intel's Microprocessor Research Labs (MRL) has recently announced sponsorship of Intel's Research Award Contest for Undergraduate Students. According to Intel, "Our goal in sponsoring this program is to stimulate inventiveness by challenging undergraduates in the sciences and engineering disciplines to explore frontiers of future computing." The program will award 20 grants up to $2000 each, for undergraduate student research to be conducted between June 2002 and April 2003. At the end of the research period, Intel will fly the students to Santa Clara, California, to present their results before a panel of distinguished Intel researchers. The top three presenters will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000.

For more information, students who wish to apply will find instructions at: The deadline to apply is June 21, 2002.

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