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Volume 5, Issue 2
August 28, 2002

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Reminder: Grad orientation activities today

Orientation activities for new graduate students in the College of Engineering will be held today (Wednesday, August 28), sponsored by the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education (ORGSPE) and the Engineering Graduate Student Association. ORGSPE invites you to "Please join us for a BBQ picnic at 12:30 p.m. on the Ho Plaza side of Olin Hall to welcome 400+ Engineering graduate students to beautiful Ithaca. We hope to see you there!"

For a complete list of grad orientation activities, visit the ORGSPE web site at and look for the Graduate Orientation link.

University to commemorate September 11

The university is planning a series of events to commemorate Sept. 11; the College of Engineering encourages your support of and participation in these events. The agenda will be published in the August 29 Cornell Chronicle.

Eastman to receive 2002 Ebers Award from IEEE

ECE's Les Eastman, the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering, was selected as the 2002 recipient of the IEEE Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award. This award was established in 1971 with the intention to foster progress in electron devices and to commemorate the life activities of Jewell James Ebers, whose distinguished contributions, particularly in the transistor art, shaped the understanding and technology of electron devices. Eastman's citation will read: "for sustained technical contributions and leadership in the development of high frequency heterostructure transistors." The Ebers award will be presented to Eastman at the 2002 International Electron Devices meeting in San Francisco in December.

Kelley wins Fulbright grant

Prof. Mike Kelley, ECE, has been awarded a Fulbright grant for Greece during the 2002-2003 academic year. He is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries in the next academic year under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Recipients of the Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Apsel named to Clare Booth Luce professorship

Alyssa B. Apsel, ECE, was named the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. This is a five-year term chair, which is named for Clare Boothe Luce who was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. She established this program through a bequest, administered by the Henry Luce Foundation, "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in the sciences and engineering. Apsel joined the Cornell faculty on July 1, 2002. Her research is in high-speed electro-optic circuits. Apsel will teach in the circuits core curriculum and will offer a graduate course in circuits or electro-optics

Ferris receives Intel research award

Intel Corporation recently announced the selection of Robert Ferris '04 ChE as a finalist in the Intel 2002-03 Research Award Contest for Undergraduate Students. A total of seventeen winners were selected from universities across the United States. Ferris's proposal is entitled "Image Reversal through Silylation for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Development." He and the other winning students will receive a grant of up to $2,000 for their research, based on the budget outlined in their proposal. On April 11, 2003, the students will all be flown to the Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California, to present the results of their research to a panel of distinguished Intel researchers. The top presenters will receive additional cash awards.

Stennes joins college HR staff

Shane Stennes joined the engineering staff this week as human resources associate in a temporary position. He has a master's degree in human resources and his responsibilities will include HR policy interpretation, advisory services, and reviewing and processing HR transactions and forms.

College of Engineering audit begins in September

The University Internal Audit Office will begin its audit of the College of Engineering in September; the auditor in charge will be Robert Beveridge. This is a standard audit, which occurs on a three-year rotation. It typically includes review of transactions and documents dating back about a year (last fiscal year). It is likely that the auditor will be contacting administrative managers and financial staff within the schools and departments directly, and may also wish to speak with faculty regarding sponsored-project activities. Some topics that may be covered in the audit include (but are not limited to):

* Overall financial control environment
* Sponsored projects
* Recharge and service facility rates
* Capital assets
* Software license monitoring procedures
* Purchasing transactions
* review of sales-type activity
* completion of performance evaluations, monitoring of exempt leave balances and nonexempt
time collection
* compliance with EH&S policy
* space coding (instruction versus research)

If you need help preparing for the audit, or if questions arise during the review, please contact the college Director of Finance and Budget Himani Mewar, 5-9678,

Welcoming visitors to the Engineering Quad

A reminder from the Engineering Admissions office: As we begin the new academic year you may see unfamiliar faces on the Quad. The Engineering Admissions Office hosted 1,119 visitors during June and July compared to 999 visitors at the same time last year. We ask that you join us in welcoming prospective students for next year's engineering class to the Engineering Quad. Throughout the fall the Engineering Admissions Office will be providing information sessions and tours, as well as specific hosting events, for prospective students and their families. If you happen to come across folks who look a bit lost, please be sure to welcome them to the Quad, point them in the right direction, and help them find their way.

The Engineering Admissions Office is located in 102 Hollister Hall. A schedule of information sessions and tours can be found on-line at:

Update from the Duffield project office

Just in time for the students return to campus, the area in front of Kimble, Thurston, Bard and Hollister is now accessible. The walkway, rock garden and, Hollister areaway were all reworked and received a new look this summer as part of the Pew Landscape improvements being made to the Quad. The last item to be completed within the next couple of weeks will be replacing the railing on the areaway wall. With the completion of work in these areas, the site security fencing displaying the student artwork from last spring has also been put back into place. Site utility work continues behind the fenced in area of the Quad and storm systems and ductbank are being installed and re-aligned.

The vaulted roof steel for Duffield is now in place, allowing for the installation of the waterproof roofing system. Exterior wall framing and sheathing is also underway and will be continuing. The majority of the work is now being completed within the Duffield Building envelope. In the basement area, much of the mechanical piping and ductwork is now complete as the focus shifts to the cleanroom envelope on the first floor.

The Phillips Service area site work is also nearly complete. Work in this area includes the formation of the concrete shell to house the generator, nitrogen storage tanks, trash collection, and a new loading dock. The existing loading dock will continue to be used. Work over the coming months in this area will include placement of the roof and dock leveler. The new back entrance stair and walkway to Phillips are also now being used, which allowed for removal of the temporary walkway.

The Duffield team continues to strive to minimize any disruptions or inconveniences to the Cornell community. If you have any questions or concerns please contact them at

Cornell hosts 11th International Meshing Roundtable

The 11th International Meshing Roundtable sponsored by Sandia National Labs will be held at Cornell, Sept. 15-18. This is the premier annual conference on mesh generation for finite element analysis and other applications. The local arrangement coordinator is Steve Vavasis, For more information, please visit the conference website:

ECE colloquium series begins next week

The fall ECE Colloquium series begins next week. It will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall. Upcoming lectures are as follows:

Sep 3 ECE Assistant Director John Belina, Orientation

Sep 10 Prof. Zeigniew Hulicki, Princeton University, "Digital Video Broadcasting - A Platform for Providing Interactive Multimedia Services," Host: Prof. Z. Haas

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