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Volume 5, Issue 1
August 14, 2002

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University announces CIS, CS arrangements

President Rawlings and Provost Martin have announced administrative arrangements for the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. According to the memo, every faculty member in CIS will be appointed in and have his or her tenure home in one of the existing colleges. In the specific case of the Department of Computer Science, faculty members will be appointed jointly in the College of Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. The College of Engineering will be their tenure home; appointment, reappointment, tenure, and promotion processes will follow college guidelines.

For more information: cis-cs-engr.pdf

Sudan honored at Beams/DZP 2002

Professor Emeritus Ravi Sudan, ECE, was awarded a cash prize by the Beams/DZP 2002 International Conference (14th International Conference on High-Power Particle Beams and 5th International Conference on Dense Z- Pinches) held in Albuquerque in June, for his original contributions as well as helping to create the field of Beams and sustaining it over the years.

CUAUV places second in 2002 competition

The CU Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team recently returned from the 5th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Competition, where they finished a close second to MIT. According to the competition website, "The mission, which required the teams to survey a body of water, locate and identify the height of 17 barcoded platforms, and report the data in a minimal amount of time, proved sufficiently challenging to all of the entrants. In the finals, MIT's AUV correctly reported 4 objects while Cornell's AUV correctly reported 5 objects. The downfall for Cornell was a longer reporting time which resulted in a steep penalty and, ultimately, dropped the team to second place." Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, is the team faculty advisor; James Buescher '03 ME, is team captain. The competition is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research.

Incoming class is strong in scholarship, diversity

As the College of Engineering prepares to welcome the Class of 2006, the office of Engineering Admissions reports that the group is one of the strongest classes the college has seen in recent years: 90% of entering freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class, SAT averages held steady. Diversity is up as well: 28% women, up from 26% last year; 7.3% underrepresented minority students, up slightly from last year; and 13.8% international students, down slightly from last year. Please take advantage of orientation events to meet this superb group of students and welcome them to the engineering community.

College plans events to welcome Class of 2006

The College of Engineering will be hosting Fall Orientation for incoming Engineering freshmen and transfer students from Saturday, August 24th, through Wednesday, August 28th. See the full schedule of orientation events (PDF version) at All Engineering faculty and staff in positions that support students are strongly encouraged to participate in these events.

Your attendance is particularly important at the following two events which give new students and their families an opportunity to meet faculty and staff:

Saturday, August 24
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Engineering Reception for New Students and Parents
West Entrance of Olin Hall at Ho Plaza

Wednesday, August 28
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social for New Engineering Students
West Entrance of Olin Hall at Ho Plaza

We look forward to seeing you there!

Orientation scheduled for new grad students

Orientation activities for new graduate students in the College of Engineering will be held on Wednesday, August 28th, sponsored by the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education and the Engineering Graduate Student Association. For more information, visit the ORGSPE web site at and look for the Graduate Orientation link.

Editor's Note: Please pass this information along to your incoming new graduate students, since we do not yet have new grad addresses for Info Update.

CIS researcher wins Vannevar Bush Award

Donna Bergmark, a member of the Cornell Digital Library Research Group in Information Science, received the Vannevar Bush Award for Best Paper at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference in Digital Libraries (JCDL) in Portland last month. Her paper, Collection Synthesis, describes her research on focused web crawling as a means of automatically synthesizing document collections from resources on the Web. This research continues with another paper that has been accepted at the European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) in Rome in September. Read the paper at

College design facility under new management

The Advanced Design and Fabrication Facility (ADFF) in B25 Upson Hall is under new management. College facilities director Jim Bucko has taken on the duties as manager of the shop. Bucko would like to remind researchers that the facility has both staff and equipment to meet their needs. "From start to finish, three experienced machinists can assist you with your research needs," Bucko says. "We have over thirty lathes, mills, and other free-standing machines to do machining, milling, grinding, and welding. Come on over and let us work with you."

Interim director of LIFE named

Gretchen Roberts will serve as interim director of LIFE (Learning Initiatives for Future Engineers), beginning August 17, 2002. As reported last month, LIFE director Tammy Shapiro has decided to leave her position to spend time with her family and to return to her own teaching and research career.

CHESS offers M.Eng. research opportunity

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is starting a collaboration with the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory and industry to make dynamically bendable multilayers capable of focusing extremely intense x-ray beams. The help of several Master of Engineering students is needed. This project requires an interest in experimental science, a steady hand, patience and responsibility, a familiarity with computers including basic programming skills, knowledge of physics, chemistry, and mathematics at the junior- year level, and a desire to work and communicate with experienced staff scientists at CHESS. If you're qualified and interested, find more details and contact information at

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.