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Volume 5, Issue 4
September 25, 2002

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Reminder: Machine Shop open house today

The College of Engineering Machine Shop, formerly the Advanced Design and Fabrication Facility (ADFF), in B25 Upson Hall is hosting an open house today (Sep 25), from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to showcase their capabilities. Their staff of experienced machinists can work with faculty, staff and students on design, machining, and welding to turn ideas into reality. For parts or materials, the Machine Shop has a long list of vendors to help fulfill your needs. Stop by the open house for coffee, donuts, and bagels and discover what the Machine Shop can do for you. For more information, contact Jim Bucko, college facilities director and manager of the Machine Shop, at B25 Upson, 255-8112, or

Ryan to give entrepreneur lecture

Rob Ryan '69, the 2002 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, will give his public address in the Statler Auditorium on Friday, Sep 27, at 4:15 p.m. There will be an informal reception to follow. This address is free and open to the public.

Ryan earned national attention when he grew his company, Ascend Communications, a 1989 start-up to more than $500 million in sales by 1996. Lucent Technologies acquired Ascend for $23 billion, in what was termed the "largest technology merger ever." In 1996 Ryan reinvented himself as "boot camp mentor" at his Montana Ranch helping budding high-tech entrepreneurs formulate winning business plans then teaching them how to sell it.

Admissions schedules high school visits and events

As classes get underway, the Engineering Admissions Office is continuing efforts to draw a strong and diverse pool of applicants. In partnership with university efforts, staff from the Engineering Admissions Office will be conducting high school visits, prospect programs, and alumni training in the following areas through September and October: Rochester and Metropolitan New York; Hartford, CT; Boston, Andover, Worcester, and Amherst, MA; Palo Alto and San Jose, CA; Miami, FL; Bergen County, NJ; Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Rockville, MD and Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, and Springfield, VA. In a once-in-five-years trip, Scott Campbell just completed a very successful trip to Hong Kong and Singapore with Doris Davis, the associate provost for enrollment and financial aid, and Paul Fisher, senior associate director of admissions in Human Ecology. Scott ended his travels in Kuala Lumpur just in time for the U.S. Embassy to close.

Library invites focus group participants

Focus groups are being conducted in October to help Cornell library staff improve instruction offered in library research, Endnote, PowerPoint, and other topics. All Cornell staff, students, and faculty are invited to participate. No previous experience required.

The library will provide refreshments (free lunch for the lunchtime sessions). In addition, all participants will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a new PDA.

Staff: Wed Oct 9, 2:30-3:45 p.m., 106 Olin Library
Grad: Wed, Oct 9, 4:30-5:45 p.m., 106 Olin Library
Faculty: Thur, Oct 10, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 361 Mann Library
Faculty: Thur, Oct 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 703 Olin Library

Contact Debra Bacon at 255-3319 or to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact Jill Powell, reference and instruction coordinator, Engineering Library,, 5-8701.

"Glass Afternoon" slated for Friday

The Cornell Center for Materials Research and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will present "Glass: Advances in Science and Technology" on Friday, Sep 27, beginning at 2:20 p.m. in 140 Bard Hall. A series of three lectures by Cornell faculty members and guests will be followed by refreshments and informal discussions in the Bard Hall lounge. A complete agenda is online at or contact Prof. D. G. Ast in MSE for more information (5-4140). The event is free and open; members of the Engineering community are encouraged to attend.

Vesiling, Johnson to present ethics seminars

The College of Engineering seminar series on Engineering Ethics is held on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in 204 Thurston Hall. The program is open to the college community, and lunch is served. Upcoming speakers are as follows:

Oct 2: Prof. Arne Vesiling, Bucknell University

Oct 9: Prof. Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia

Enterprise Engineering features Clarke, Galvin

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:

Sep 26: Troy Clarke, group vice president, manufacturing and labor relations, General Motors, "Bigger, Faster, Better: GM Manufacturing's Race to the Future."

Oct 3: Greg Galvin, PhD '84 MSE, MBA '93, chief executive officer of Kionix, "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

Feibelman, Ruoff scheduled for MSE seminars

The fall 2002 Materials Science and Engineering seminar series is held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard Hall (with refreshments in 260 Bard preceding the seminars at 4:00 p.m.) unless an alternate location is noted. Members of the Engineering community are invited to attend. Upcoming lectures are as follows:

Sep 26: Dr. Peter Feibelman, Sandia National Laboratories, "Junior Scientist Survival Training" (NOTE: This presentation will be held jointly with CNS and will take place at 4:40 p.m. in 200 Baker Lab; refreshments location to be announced.)

Oct 3: Prof. Rod Ruoff, Northwestern University, "Mechanics of Nanostructures and Assembling new Tools for Nanoscience."

Staff updates

Joan Higgins, administrative supervisor in Undergraduate Programs, will be resigning and going on a university leave of absence effective January 1, 2003. She and her husband, Bill, plan to explore new business opportunities and travel.

Mark J. Otis will join the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education as assistant director on October 1. Otis comes to Cornell from Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington where he served as director of multimedia technologies and as the college's webmaster.

Engineering Registrar Terry Thompson is leaving his position on October 16 to accept a promotion as a senior business area analyst in the University Registrars Office.

Best wishes to our departing colleagues and welcome aboard, Mark!

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