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Volume 5, Issue 17
April 9, 2003

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Two engineers among Goldwater Scholars

All four of Cornell's 2003 Goldwater Scholarship candidates have won:

Mark Laidre, ALS '04, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology;
  Neurobiology & Behavior
Eric Margelefsky, ENG '04, Chemical Engineering
Sara Parker, ENG '04, Materials Science and Engineering
Niraj Shanbhag, ALS '05, Biological Sciences
  [Molecular Biology]

The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The one- and two-year scholarships cover college expenses up to $7,500 per year. In the last six years, 23 of Cornell's 24 candidates have won; a record matched only by Duke University.

Special thanks to the faculty who served on the campus selection committee: Barbara Bedford, Natural Resources; Don Farley, ECE; Doug Fitchen, Physics; and Tyler McQuade, Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

BEE sophomore wins NCAA wrestling championship

Travis Lee '05 BEE won the 2003 NCAA Wrestling Championship at 125 pounds March 22, becoming the Big Red's first national champion since 1994. A native of Honolulu, Lee earned All-America status as a freshman and is just the seventh national champion for Cornell in wrestling and the second since 1960. KGMB-CBS News in Honolulu reports March 22 that Lee is the first All-American wrestler ever to come out of Hawaii. His win was featured on ESPN SportsCenter March 22.

Hover receives 2003 Tau Beta Pi teaching award

Congratulations to Prof. Ken Hover, CEE, on being selected this year's winner of the Tau Beta Pi and Cornell Society of Engineers (CSE) 2003 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 last week. Hover joined the faculty in 1984 as an associate professor. He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1986 and has won five teaching awards in the past ten years. He is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, a member of several professional organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom, and is a registered professional engineer.

Shoemaker elected Fellow of AGU

Prof. Christine A. Shoemaker, CEE, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Fellowship is awarded to scientists who have attained "acknowledged eminence in the geophysical sciences." The number of Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership.

Papoulia receives NSF Career Award

Asst. Prof. Katerina Papoulia, CEE, has received an NSF Career award for her proposal entitled, "Glass/polymeric material systems in civil infrastructure."

NSF established the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards to emphasize the importance the foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Pekoz receives ASCE's Shortridge Hardesty Award

Prof. Teoman Pekoz, CEE, is the recipient of the 2003 Shortridge Hardesty Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, given annually to a who has contributed substantially in applying fundamental results of research to the solution of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize.

Nozick and Turnquist cited for best paper

Assoc. Prof. Linda Nozick and Prof. Mark Turnquist, CEE, received best paper recognition in the Project Management Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS) held in January. Their paper was titled "Allocating Time and Resources in Project Management under Uncertainty." Established in 1968, HICSS is one of the few general-purpose conferences addressing issues in the areas of computer science, computer engineering, and information systems. The fundamental purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research results, development activities, and applications.

Deadline is May 8 for submitting list of awards

The Cornell Chronicle will publish, in the May 22 edition, the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or academic department awards for the 2002-03 academic year. This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, check out the Chronicle graduation issues for previous years, online at:

Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials -- listing the names of the awards, the award winners, and prizes (if applicable) -- to Karen Walters, Cornell News Service, Surge 3, If you have any questions, please direct them to her.

Durland speaker is Linn Draper

"Corporate Responsibility in Turbulent Times" is the topic of the annual Durland lecture, given this year by E. Linn Draper Jr., the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of American Electric Power Company Inc. and AEP Service Corporation, the management and technology arm of the AEP System. Draper earned the Ph.D. in 1970 from Cornell in nuclear engineering. His talk begins at 5 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall on Thursday, April 9. Admission is free, but tickets are required. They may be picked up in the Engineering Dean's office. This talk is sponsored by the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the College of Engineering.

MIT's Jensen to deliver 16th annual Smith Lecture

Dr. Klavs F. Jensen, the Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be on campus on Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9, 2002 to deliver the sixteenth annual Julian C. Smith Lectureship in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. His talks are titled, "Multiphase transport and reaction in microfluidic systems" and "Microfluidic chemical and biological systems for synthesis," to be given on at 4:00pm on Monday and Wednesday respectively. The Monday talk will be held in 165 Olin Hall, while the Wednesday talk will take place in 255 Olin Hall. Both talks will be preceded by a reception in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge located in Olin Hall, beginning at 3:30pm each day. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

NBTC hosts Prof. Chris Chen from Johns Hopkins

The Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) Seminar Series on Tuesday, April 15 will be hosting Professor Chris Chen from Johns Hopkins University who will be presenting "Engineering of Cell Function by the Cell-Material Interface." The seminar starts at 12:00noon in G10 Biotechnology Building. Pizza & Refreshments will be served. For more information view

Cornell Days are upon us!

Following closely on the heels of Dragon Day as an annual rite of spring, Cornell Days have almost arrived. During this eight-day event, running weekdays from April 10-21, admitted students and their families are invited to visit the college and the university and discover what it means to be a Cornell engineer. As admitted first-year engineers, these students represent the best and brightest of the engineering applicant pool and have until May 1 to decide if Cornell is where they would like to pursue their undergraduate education.

The Engineering Admissions Office has joined forces with several offices from around the campus and quad to orchestrate a series events for these students including information sessions, quad tours, hosting programs, panel discussions, and lab demonstrations. Please join the Engineering Admissions Office in rolling out the red carpet for our guests, making them feel comfortable in what might very well become their "academic home" this fall. You can access the online guide to Cornell Days at:

The Engineering Admissions Office is located in 102 Hollister Hall; they can be reached at 5-5008.

Looking for graduating seniors to feature

The Cornell News Service is looking for graduating seniors to profile in the Cornell Chronicle shortly before commencement. The idea of these articles is to profile unusual people whose interests and achievements are intriguing and colorful. According to David Brand, senior science editor, "These are generally a fairly eclectic group, chosen more for their wide-ranging or unusual interests rather than academic prowess. We would be most grateful if you could suggest seniors who might fit the pattern of 'marching to a different drummer.'"

Please send your suggestions for an engineering senior to profile to: David Brand, Cornell News Service,

Free web-based courses for faculty and staff

If you've ever wanted to learn a new computer program, develop techniques for managing people, or work toward an IT certification, the training you need is just a click away. Through CIT's partnership with SmartForce, Cornell faculty and staff can take a host of computer-based training courses for free! For more information on the types of training courses offered and to set up your own SmartForce account visit

MSE hosts Volkert, Corn

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.

Apr 10: Dr. Cynthia Volkert, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, "Fatigue in Metal Interconnects"

Apr 17: Dr. Robert Corn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging Studies of DNA, Protein and Peptide Microarrays"

Enterprise Engineering features toy designer

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:

Apr 10: Paul Dowd '88 ME, president, Creative Engineering Toy Designers, "Toy Design for Manufacturability"

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.