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Volume 4, Issue 9
December 5, 2001

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Kornegay named Black Engineer of the Year

Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, is the recipient of the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award in the category of Higher Education. He will be honored along with the other 2002 award recipients at the 16th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Conference to be held February 14-16, 2002, in Baltimore. The award is sponsored by the Career Communication Group Inc., which publishes US Black Engineer and Information Technology. More than 4000 students from 64 universities attend the annual conference. Kornegay was recognized for his breakthroughs in developing the first CMOS circuits in Silicon Carbide, a semiconductor that remains functional at extreme temperatures, and for his success in creating a Cornell center for mixed analog/digital electronics based on high-speed GeSi technology.

Bisogni will be CEE associate director

Prof. John Abel, director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently announced the appointment of Prof. Jim Bisogni as the associate director of CEE, beginning January 1, 2002, for a three-year term. Abel said, "As we look forward to curriculum revisions (including the new environmental engineering curriculum joint with BEE) and to our first accreditation under ABET EC 2000 (in Fall 2004), this position is extremely important for the school, and I urge all of us to give Jim the support and cooperation he will need to move the school ahead in these areas."

He also expressed appreciation to Prof. Len Lion who is finishing a term as associate director. Lion will be on sabbatical leave spring semester.

O'Rourke kicks off lecture series at Notre Dame

Prof. Tom O'Rourke, CEE, kicked off the Linbeck Distinguished Lecture Series in Earthquake Engineering: Challenges of the New Millennium at the University of Notre Dame, giving the first lecture on Sept 21. Six other lecturers are participating in this lecture series that continues through April 2002.

No change in graduation schedule

We have received a number of questions from students and faculty in response to a rumor that the college graduation had changed to Saturday. Please be assured that the graduation ceremony schedule has NOT been and will NOT be changed.

The College of Engineering spring commencement exercise will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2002, as regularly scheduled. College graduates will participate in the University Commencement exercises as they do each year.

As always, individual departments may hold separate graduation receptions. Questions about the date, time, and location for those events should be directed to the department in question. Jim Bucko, the college director of facilities, is identifying space for any reception tents that will be displaced due to Duffield Hall construction.

Reminder: Flu shots available

Getting an influenza vaccination is an easy (one shot), inexpensive ($10), and relatively risk free (you might have a sore arm for a day or two) way to reduce your risk of being down with the flu for a week this winter.

Gannett Clinic now has a batch of vaccines available and is providing flu shots by appointment at Gannett (call 255-5155) and at campus clinics. Flu shots are free for faculty and staff with a Cornell ID. Student fee is $10.00 (cash, check, or bursar).

In spite of rumors to the contrary, getting a flu vaccine does not give you the flu or even flu-like symptoms. You may have a sore spot on your arm for a day or two, but it won't set you back on your study, work, or fun. Dates and locations for vaccination clinics are listed online at or call 255-5155 to schedule an appointment at Gannett.

CEM Fall 01 coming soon

The next issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine will be available later this month. Feature topics include the National Science Digital Library, an introduction to engineering for freshmen, our own Empire State Games gold medal prof, and an inside look at NYSTAR-Cornell Engineering partnerships. We will also recap the fall semester in News, People, and Research, and find out just what the FSAE team is up to in those late nights at Upson.

In addition to its distribution to all Cornell engineering alumni worldwide, as well as to corporate friends of the college and parents of current undergrads, the magazine is distributed in bulk to engineering departments, and complimentary copies are available in the lobby of Carpenter Hall. Back issues are online at

Still looking for a few good photo ops

As the end of the semester approaches, many classes will be scheduling tests and demonstrations of final projects. Please keep in mind: the Office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking for photo opportunities. We have many uses for photos of students engaged in active, hands-on projects--such as publication in Cornell Engineering Magazine, the engineering web site, college promotional brochures, posters, and displays. If you are planning a classroom or lab activity that would provide an interesting or unusual visual setting--of students working together on a project, for example, or demonstrating their individual projects--please let us know. Call Marie Tischler at 255-3981. We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer.

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