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Volume 5, Issue 6
October 23, 2002

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Grads to vote on unionization today and tomorrow

Eligible graduate students are urged to go to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in the union representation election. The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both days in two locations, the International Lounge of Willard Straight Hall and the lobby of Mann Library. Any student whose appointing department is located east of Garden Avenue will vote at Mann; any student whose department is located west of Garden Avenue will vote at Willard Straight. The vote will be decided by a simple majority of votes cast, so every vote counts.

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Selman named Fellow of AAAS

Prof. Bart Selman, CS, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The status of Fellow, achieved by nomination and election, is conferred on members "whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Selman is being honored for contributions to artificial intelligence, specifically for advances in knowledge representation, planning, and reasoning. New Fellows will be formally recognized at the annual AAAS meeting in February.

Craighead to receive 2002 Holst Memorial Award

Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, was selected as the 2002 recipient of the Holst Memorial Award. This award is organized by Philips Research and the Technische Universiteit Endhoven and carries the theme of nanotechnology. Craighead will deliver the 2002 Holst Memorial Lecture in November and will receive the award at that time.

The first Holst Memorial Lecture was given in 1977 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Technische Universiteit Endhoven. Later, with support from Philips Research and in agreement with the Holst family, it was decided to present a Holst Lecture annually. The theme chosen for these lectures reflects the important contribution of Professor Gilles Holst (1886-1968) to the development of research and technology in the Netherlands.

Brutsaert receives Japan Society award

Prof. Wilfried Brutsaert has received the 2002 international award from the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources Board "for significant contributions to progress in the field of hydrology and water resources and for valuable participation in the exchange of information on the international level within the society.

Teaching and advising award winners honored

Twenty-two members of the engineering faculty were recognized at ceremonies earlier this month for excellence in teaching and advising. Teaching award winners for 2002 were Louis D. Albright, BEE; Antje J. Baeumner, BEE; Shefford P. Baker, MSE; Sarah Billington, CEE; Edwin A. Cowen, CEE; Terrence L. Fine, ECE; C. Richard Johnson, ECE; Bruce R. Kusse, AEP; Lillian J. Lee, CS; Arnim H. Meyburg, CEE; Bradley A. Minch, ECE; John A. Muckstadt, ORIE; Andrew C. Myers, CS; William L. Olbricht, CBE; Stephen B. Pope, MAE; Robin O. Roundy, ORIE; Andy L. Ruina, TAM; Bart Selman, CS; Charles E. Seyler, ECE; W. Evan Speight, ECE. Advising award winners were Mark L. Psiaki, MAE, and Jery Stedinger, CEE.

ASCE chapter, advisor recognized

The Cornell Student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has been awarded a certification of commendation for its outstanding activities last year. Tim Bond, advisor for the Cornell chapter, has received the 2002 Zone I ASCE Faculty Advisor Certificate of Commendation. The student chapter officers nominated Bond for the award in recognition of his outstanding work and dedication as faculty advisor.

Lynett wins best paper competition

A student of Prof. Phil Liu, CEE, Patrick Lynett, Ph.D. '02 CEE, is the winner of the ASME Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division's 2001-2002 Best Graduate Student Paper Competition at the doctoral level for his paper titled "A Multi-Layer Approach to Modeling Water Waves from Very Deep Water to the Shoreline." Lynett is now an assistant professor at Texas A&M.

Three cited for ION presentation

At the recent meeting of the Institute of Navigation (ION), three Cornellians won an ION GPS 2002 Best Presentation Award. Prof. Paul Kintner, research specialist Steven P. Powell, and grad student Eric Klatt, all from ECE, were cited for their presentation, "Plasma Wave Interferometry using GPS Positioning and Timing on a Formation of Three Sub- Orbital Payloads."

The web page announcing the award can be found at

Geotech group receives Trevithick Prize

Three from CEE, Sang-Soo Jeon, Ph.D. '02, Prof. Tom O'Rourke, and Prof. Harry Stewart, have received the 2002 Trevithick Prize from the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for a distinguished paper chosen over a three-year period from ICE publications. Their paper is entitled, "Geotechnical Aspects of Lifeline Engineering," and was published in Geotechnical Engineering, Jan. 2001.

Two invited to present at ASCE national convention

Prof. Emeritus Len Dworsky, CEE, and Prof. David J. Allee, Applied Economics and Management, have been invited to present a paper entitled "A Retrospective Evolution of a National Perspective on Social and Environmental Objectives on Water Quality and Public Health" at the 150th Anniversary National Convention of ASCE in Washington, D.C., in November.

Papoulia receives PCCW grant

Asst. Prof. Katerina D. Papoulia, CEE, is one of seven women faculty members at Cornell to receive a 2002 research grant from the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), an alumnae group that serves as an advisory council to Cornell's president. Papoulia's grant was for her proposal, "Linking of Scales in Structural Materials: Local Properties and Global Behavior."

O'Rourke lectured in NSF series last month

Prof. Tom O'Rourke, CEE, was the distinguished invited lecturer on September 19 in the Research Highlight Series at the Directorate of Engineering of the National Science Foundation. The title of his talk was "Geospatial Modeling for Communities at Risk from Earthquakes."

MSE announces new Technology Management course

Materials Science and Engineering is offering a new course designed to provide students in engineering and sciences with knowledge and analytical skills to manage and perform R&D for a strategic competitive advantage. Most organizations recognize the critical importance of R&D management in becoming and remaining world-class competitors. The course uses a combination of case studies, readings, discussions, and outside lectures. Topics include technology valuation, R&D metrics, R&D portfolio, intellectual property management, technology transfer, and technology, policy and society.

Technology Management, MSE 481/587, will be taught in Spring 2003 on Fridays, 1:25 - 4:25 p.m.

Kamen to lecture in Culture and Diversity series

Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will speak to the Cornell community about the challenges of educating future scientists and engineers -- and the dangers of not doing it right. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 30, in B14 Hollister Hall, at 4 p.m.

Kamen is a physicist, entrepreneur, and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. He is also the founder of FIRST, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Watch for fliers and read the Cornell Chronicle (October 24) for details or call 255-0735. This lecture is sponsored by Engineering Minority and Women's Program.

Pantano, Conwell 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 24: Prof. Carlo G. Pantano, Penn State University, "Glass Surfaces: Computer Simulation and Experimental Studies."

Oct 31: Prof. Esther M. Conwell, University of Rochester, "Transport in DNA."

Enterprise Engineering features White

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 24: Ken White '69 EE, M.Eng. '70, president, Visual*Sense*Systems, "Machine Vision in Manufacturing"

Endnote workshops offered at Engineering Library

The following class sessions are offered free in the ACCEL Blue Room, Carpenter Hall. Descriptions are located at

Endnote Intro: Organizing Your References
Tuesday, Nov 12, 3:35 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Endnote Advanced: Problem Solving and Customization
Tuesday, Nov 19, 3:35 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To register, contact Jill Powell at

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