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Volume 5, Issue 8
November 20, 2002


In this issue:


Johnson Lectures begin today

MSE proudly presents the 2002 Herbert H. Johnson Memorial Lectures featuring Dr. Alex Zunger from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Wednesday, Nov 20, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball "Understanding Semiconductor Quantum Dots"

Thursday, Nov 21, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball "Quantum Architecture of Novel Solids"

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the Bard Hall Lounge (260) at 4:00 p.m. before each lecture.


Brutsaert to receive AMS Charney Award

Prof. Wilfried H. Brutsaert, CEE, has been selected to receive the 2003 Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society. The award, which is in the form of a medallion, recognizes "highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences." Prof. Brutsaert was cited for "fundamental and far- reaching contributions to our understanding of the linkages between Earth's atmosphere and land surface." The award will be presented during the 83rd annual meeting of the AMS to be held in Long Beach, Calif., in February.


Engstrom receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Prof. James Engstrom, CBE, received the 2002 Outstanding Faculty Award in the College of Engineering, presented by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils. All fraternities and sororities on campus submit names of faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and who have been influential in students' lives. After reviewing all the nominated faculty recommendations, the executive boards of the Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council select one award winner per college. The awards were presented at a Faculty Appreciation and Awards Reception; Tracy Ellspermann '03 ChE, presented the award.


Kornegay featured at Chicago Museum

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has invited Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, to be included in an exhibit that showcases contributions made by African Americans to the field of information technology. This exhibit is the centerpiece of the annual Black Creativity Program and will be on display from Jan 15 through Mar 1, 2003. The exhibit will feature a biography as well as information about Kornegay's research on broadband communications systems and the CUAUV team. It will also include the vehicle used in this year's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition.


ORIE presents 2002 D. R. Fulkerson Lecture Series

Frank Kelly, FRS, of the University of Cambridge will present three talks in the 2002 D. R. Fulkerson Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Kelly is an internationally renowned expert on communications networks in both theory and practice; a routing scheme developed with colleagues is implemented in the main UK telephone network. His current interests are directed at understanding methods of self-regulation of the Internet. The talks are:

Monday, Dec 2, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson: "Control of network flows: Fairness, pricing and stability"

Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:15 p.m., 205 Thurston: "Internet congestion control"

Wednesday, Dec 4, 3:30 p.m., 406 Malott: "Brownian network models of congestion at flow level" (joint with the Department of Statistical Science)

Further details at http://www.orie.cornell.edu/seminar/node6.html.


Prizes awarded in Engineering Communications Program

Meng Fai Tung '02 EE has won the 2001-2002 Douglas Whitney Prize for excellent writing in an Engineering Communications course. Tung's paper was titled "An Introduction to MEMS Optical Switches." The prize includes a cash award of $1,000.

The 2001-2002 recipients of the $150 Roger Berman Award for oral presentation in an Engineering Communications course are as follows:

Victor Aprea '02 EE
Jason Davis '03 CS
Saikat Guha '04 CS
Matt Jessel '03 CEE
Amanda Johnson '04 ORE
Chu Wei Joe Lee '03 CE
Meng Fai Tung '02 EE


Apply now for summer NASA Faculty Fellowship Program

The NASA Faculty Fellowship Program offers science and engineering faculty hands on exposure to NASA's research challenges through 10-week summer research residencies and extended research opportunities at participating NASA research centers, working closely with NASA colleagues on challenges important to NASA's strategic enterprises.

Stipends are set at $1,200 per week. A travel allowance will be paid. In addition, a relocation allowance will be provided for those fellows who must relocate their residence. Approximately 150 first year fellowships will be awarded.

The application deadline is February 1, 2003. For more information or an online application, please visit the program website at: http://www.asee.org/nffp


Library director on 80 percent leave

Engineering Library director John Saylor, a co-PI for the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library during the past two years, has recently agreed to assume more responsibility in the building of this library. On October 1, 2002, Saylor began a two- year, 80-percent leave from his responsibilities as director of the Engineering and Computer Science Library to assume responsibility as director of collection development for the National Science Digital Library (http://nsdl.org).

His primary office during this time will be in the Cornell University Program for Information Science Building at 301 College Avenue; phone number and e-mail address remain the same (5-4134/jms1@cornell.edu).

Zsuzsa Koltay, currently the coordinator of electronic publishing for Cornell University Libraries, has accepted the position of acting director of the Engineering and Computer Science Library through September 30, 2004. She will begin her responsibilities on a half- time basis November 15 and on a full-time basis January 1, 2003. Her e-mail address is zk10@cornell.edu; phone number to be announced.


Enterprise Engineering features Boehringer and Morris

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:

Nov 21: Jack (John R) Boehringer '52 BME, president, Boehringer Laboratories, "Guerilla Manufacturing: Competitiveness in a Health Industry Dominated by Giants"

Dec 5, M. D. Morris, P.E., '44 CE, 76 BA, communications consultant, "Making Sense: Getting the Word Out"


Deposit date for pay period ending Nov 30

The last exempt payday for November is Friday, Nov 29, which is during the Thanksgiving break. Checks and direct deposit advices will be distributed on Monday, Dec 2. The actual direct deposits will be processed on schedule, however, and for employees who have enrolled in direct deposit, funds should be available in their bank accounts on Nov 29.


University to close early for winter break

This year, the university's official winter break period runs from Wednesday, Dec 25, through Wednesday, Jan 1. In order to foster a safe and happy start to the winter holiday, giving us more time to spend with our family and friends, President Rawlings has authorized closing the university at noon, Tuesday, Dec 24, 2002.

Those staff who are normally scheduled to work on the afternoon of Dec 24, and who leave work at 12 noon, will be paid their regular rate of pay for the remainder of their scheduled hours that day. Those staff required to work after 12 noon on Dec 24 will be paid in accordance with the Holiday Pay Policy. Department supervisors should be consulted. If you have any questions regarding the submission of time worked by your staff, please contact Employee and Labor Relations, 5-4652.


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