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Volume 5, Issue 5
October 9, 2002

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Wang selected for Packard award

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Asst. Prof. Z. Jane Wang, TAM, among the twenty 2002 recipients of Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering. The fellowship program supports new faculty members' scientific research with unrestricted grants of $625,000 over five years, with the goal of developing scientific leaders, furthering the work of promising young scientists and engineers, encouraging networking among these researchers, and supporting efforts to attract talented graduate students into university research in the United States.

Wang received her doctorate in physics from University of Chicago in 1996. She was an NSF- NATO postdoctoral fellow at University of Oxford in 1996-1997 and a visiting member at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1997-1999, before joining the Cornell faculty in 1999.

CBE colleagues receive DuPont's Bailey award

Kelvin H. Lee, assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), and Vassily Hatzimanikatis (Northwestern Univ.), adjunct assistant professor in CBE, have been awarded in unison the 1st James E. Bailey award, sponsored by the DuPont Co., for best paper in "Metabolic Engineering." The award was established to honor Professor Bailey, a faculty member at Caltech and ETH, Zurich, who was a visionary of future directions in biotechnological research and a brilliant contributor to the founding and advancement of the field of metabolic engineering. The award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by a young investigator that were published in Metabolic Engineering. The recipient will have advanced the frontiers of metabolic engineering through originality and creativity of experimental or computational concept applications.

Qualcomm founder Jacobs to lecture Oct. 10

Cornell University engineering graduate Irwin Jacobs '54, founder and chief executive of telecommunications giant Qualcomm, will deliver the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 10. The lecture is the first in a series to commemorate the centennial of the establishment of the local chapter of IEEE. His talk will focus on "The Third Generation of Wireless Communications." The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall.

Jacobs helped found Qualcomm in 1985 and under his leadership the concern has become a Fortune 500 company, listed in the Standard & Poors 500 Index and traded on the Nasdaq.

Two receive Frank and Rosa Rhodes scholarships

William Keim '04 EP and Omar Khan '03 CS have been selected as the College of Engineering recipients of the 2002 Frank and Rosa Rhodes Scholarships. The scholarships, honoring former President and Mrs. Rhodes, are given to selected juniors or seniors who have contributed to the college through academic achievement and leadership.

Engineering TA midterm evaluations due

Once again it is time for midterm evaluations for Engineering TAs. Prizes will be randomly awarded to students who complete the online evaluation for his/her TA.

Students, please take a few moments to complete one survey for EACH of your TAs. Check with your TA for your department and course numbers.

The survey is available online at:

**Surveys MUST be completed by midnight on Sunday, October 20, 2002. Thank you very much for helping us improve the quality of your education!

Duffield update: Tower crane scheduled for removal

The Duffield Hall Project is well into the second year of construction and has reached another milestone: Starting October 9, the tower crane will be disassembled and removed from the site. The crane was used to erect the superstructure and deliver major building equipment. (For more information, see the Cornell Chronicle story on the crane, From this point forward, portable cranes will handle the remaining workload.

Trucks for hauling the crane sections are very large so there will be some traffic inconveniences as they enter and leave the site. CU Police will be on hand to assist as necessary.

Web surfers can monitor the progress of the crane removal on the project webcam at As always, please feel free to send questions about the project to

College of Engineering PowerPoint Training

In October and November the college will be holding free PowerPoint training sessions in the ACCEL computer labs for all interested staff members. Each training session will be facilitated by Bill Vernola from Vernola Consulting. Training sessions will last from 3.5 to 4 hours and will be tailored to a variety of skill levels. In addition to in class instruction each participant will receive written training materials. If you are interested in signing up for one or more sessions please contact Shane Stennes via email at or by phone at 255-6050.

Training Schedule

Monday, Oct 14, Beginner, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Blue Room
Friday, Oct 18, Intermediate, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Room
Monday, Oct 21, Intermediate, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Green Room
Monday, Oct 28, Intermediate, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Blue Room
Friday, Nov 01, Intermediate, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Green Room
Monday, Nov 04, Intermediate, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Green Room
Friday, Nov 08, Intermediate, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Green Room
Monday, Nov 11, Intermediate, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Green Room
Wednesday, Nov 13, Advanced, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Room
Friday, Nov 15, Advanced, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Green Room
Monday, Nov 18, Advanced, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Green Room
Tuesday, Nov 19, Advanced, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Green Room

The schedule can also be found at

Singer, Seidman scheduled for MSE seminars

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.

Oct 10: Prof. Ken Singer, Case Western Reserve University, "Carrier Transport in Self- Organizing Molecular Semiconductors"

Oct 17: Prof. David N. Seidman, Northwestern University, "Temporal Evolution of Microstructures on a Nanoscale: Experiments and Simulations"

Enterprise Engineering features Polk, Day

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:

Oct 10: Michael Polk '82 ORIE, president, Nabisco Biscuit & Snacks Group, "Kraft Foods: Driving for Undisputed Leadership in the Food Industry"

Oct 17: Susan Day '86 MSE, managing director,, "The Role of External Information in Manufacturing Companies"

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