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Volume 5, Issue 15
March 12, 2003

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Engineer wins Churchill scholarship

Yolanda Tseng '03 BEE has been named a Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation. This scholarship provides one year of support for graduate research in the sciences at Cambridge University.

Eighteen Cornell students have been named Churchill Scholars since 1974, eight of these since 1992. For the period 1997 to 2001, more Cornellians won the Churchill Scholarship than students from any other institution.

Tseng is currently completing a major in biological and environmental engineering and a minor in computer science and biomedical engineering. At Cambridge, she intends to study atomic force microscopy in the Department of Pharmacology.

CNF director receives distinguished alumnus award

Sandip Tiwari, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in recognition of his contributions in microelectronics and nanofabrication technologies.

Psiaki wins AIAA/AAS best paper

Assoc. Prof. Mark Psiaki, MAE, and his co-author, Assoc. Prof. Yaakov Oshman of the Technion in Haifa, Israel, received the award for best paper of the 2002 AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, which was held in Monterey, CA, last August. The paper, entitled "Spacecraft Attitude Rate Estimation from Geomagnetic Field Measurements," was selected as the winner among 136 papers.

Breaking the Size Barrier: April 3-5

The Cornell Society of Engineers 20th annual conference will be held on campus April 3-5; the schedule and registration materials are now available online. The topic, Nanotechnology, is a hot one and the conference features speakers you won't want to miss. All faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend. About 100 engineering alumni are expected. Sessions are free, but require prior registration (fill out the form online or download it if you prefer). Late additions to the speakers roster include Bill Nye, who will give a kickoff talk on Friday morning, and Josh Wolfe, who will join Saturday's panel.

Worley elected to NYSCEEA board

Deborah Worley, assistant director of Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services, has been elected to the New York State Cooperative & Experiential Education Association (NYSCEEA) 2003-04 board of directors as director of 4-year colleges. In that role, she will coordinate issues and events for 4-year colleges throughout New York State that offer co-op or internship programs for students. The organization will partner with its New England counterpart to co-sponsor a conference in November at Saratoga Springs.

Enterprise Engineering features Heller and Taylor-Pearce

The CSE Enterprise Engineering Seminar is held on Thursdays in B14 Hollister Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with refreshments at 4:15 p.m. Upcoming lectures are as follows:

Mar 13: David Heller '81 ME, president and CEO, Heller Industries, "Implementing Lean Manufacturing Methods in the Machine Tool Industries"

Mar 20: spring break

Mar 27: Modupe Taylor-Pearce, M.Eng. '96 ME, vice president of operations, logistics division, Kuehne & Nagel, "Management Consulting in Manufacturing: Borrowing Your Watch to Tell You the Time "

MSE hosts Sandhage, Vaia

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will be hosting the following seminars on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Mar 13: Prof. Ken Sandhage, Ohio State University, "A Novel Bioclastic Route to Self- Assembled, 3-D Nanoparticle Structures with Tailored Chemistries: the BaSIC Process"

Mar 20: spring break

Mar 27: Dr. Rich Vaia, Air Force Research Laboratory, "MesoStructured Organic-Inorganic Systems for Photonics: Light Localization & Amplification"

New Weight Watchers group on campus

A new Weight Watchers at Work group on campus will hold weekly meetings Mondays from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 134 Sage Hall starting Monday, March 24, 2003. The cost is $159 for 16 weeks. For more information contact Linda Struzinsky at or 255-8414.

Cornell logo: Use the real thing

Reminder: If you need to use the Cornell logo online or in publications or presentations, be sure to use a copy of the official logo. Quoting from the guidelines for logo use: "Creating a logo by placing the word 'Cornell' in a standard typeface within a red or black box is not allowed." For downloadable copies of the official logo and complete guidelines for its use, please see the Cornell Visual Identity web site:

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