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Volume 5, Issue 12
January 29, 2003

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Duffield director now on staff

Bill Bader recently joined the College of Engineering as the director of Duffield Hall. Bader has twenty years of experience in engineering and facility management, including his work as manager of technical services at Carrier Corporation and as a manager and design engineer at Lockheed Martin. Bader brings to Cornell strong technical and leadership skills, including a focus on safety and support of facility users, with experience in clean room and R&D operations, lab planning and transition, and environmental and safety compliance. He received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in electrical engineering and his M.S. from Union College in computer science. Bader will oversee the Duffield operations and systems needed to support the facility occupants. He is currently working with the CNF staff to plan and execute the center's fall 2003 move into Duffield Hall.

Cinema presentation includes engineering alumni

This Friday night (Jan 31) at 7 p.m. at Willard Straight Hall, Cornell Cinema presents a program of eight short films made by Cornell alumni working or studying in some area of the film-media-entertainment world in Los Angeles. The event was such a success when it screened at the Cornell Club of LA last spring that the organizers, Nick Muccini '87 EE and Jim Tavares '92, decided to take it on the road. The line-up, shown below, includes work by engineering alumni:

Cats Can Be Quite Satisfying by Rachel Ann Pearl '80
Keeping the Faith with Morrie by Angel Harper '74
The Sketches by Jim Tavares '92
Door to Door by Mike Foodman '00 GS
Analog by Keith Adler '96
Merry Christmas by Paul Marashlian '92
Ornaments by Aaron James Erimez '00 CS (Arts)
Repossessed by Philip D. Schwartz '70
Last Writes by Nicholas M. Muccini '87 EE

Runtime is 1 hour, 50 minutes. For more info:

Lee '83 ChE to deliver the 2003 Thorpe Lecture

Ann Lee '83 ChE, executive director in charge of the vaccine bioprocess engineering R&D and biopurification development departments at Merck Research Laboratories, will be on campus Thursday, February 6, to deliver the ninth Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Her talk is titled, "Challenges in Developing Modern Vaccines" and will be presented in 155 Olin Hall at 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception prior to the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge, Olin Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

MSE seminar features Messersmith

The Materials Science and Engineering Department will be hosting the following seminar on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in Bard 140. Refreshments will precede the seminar at 4:00pm in the MS&E Lounge, Bard 260.

Jan 30: Prof. Phil Messersmith, Northwestern University, "Flexing Our Mussels: Biologically Inspired Adhesive and Nonadhesive Materials."

GE's Donelly to speak in IEEE lecture series

As part of the Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series, the Cornell IEEE Chapter and the Cornell Office of University Corporate Relations is proud to present Scott C. Donelly, senior vice president of GE Global Research, in charge of $2.1 billion in R&D spending.

Where: 101 Phillips Hall
When: February 25, 4:30 p.m.

GE Global Research, with 2300 persons, including 1700 scientists, engineers, and technicians, is one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research organizations. GE has research facilities in the U.S., India, China, and Germany and works in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.

BOOM '03 set for March 5

Mark your calendars! Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) 2003 will be held Wednesday, March 5, in Upson Hall. BOOM is a showcase of student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. It's hosted by the Department of Computer Science, but includes disciplines throughout the university.

If you have an exciting student project in this area, please use this great opportunity to show off your work. See for more information, or e-mail

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