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Volume 6, Issue 1
August 13, 2003

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Two selected for NAE's 2003 Frontiers symposium

Two members of the Cornell Engineering community were among 83 of the nation's top young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) ninth annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Congratulations to James A. Ferwerda, research associate in Computer Graphics, and Kelvin H. Lee, assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The three-day event will bring together engineers age 30 to 45 who are performing leading-edge engineering research and technical work. The symposium will be held Sept. 18-20 at the National Academies' Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., and will explore topics in environmental engineering, nanotechnology, counterterrorism technologies and infrastructure protection, and biomolecular computing.

Frontiers of Engineering is funded by the National Academy of Engineering and government and corporate sponsors.

MSE undergraduate wins Intel student research grant

Sara Tien-Mei Parker, a senior in Materials Science and Engineering and recent recipient of a prestigious national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, was awarded an Intel research grant based on a project supervised by Asst Prof. George Malliaras. Her project is titled "Novel Light-Emitting Devices Utilizing Ionic Liquids." Her project is specifically based on improving the response time of Organic Light-Emitting Devices (OLEDs) to allow applications in display technologies.

The Intel Student Research Contest (ISRC) grants awards to students for research projects to be conducted at their school. Students work with a professor at their own college or university and consult with Intel researchers on their project. At the end of the research period, the students travel to Intel to present their results before a panel of experts and meet with senior Intel researchers.

More information on the award is available at

CUAUV wins underwater vehicle competition

Congratulations to the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team (CUAUV, formerly known as the Big Red Artificial Intelligence Navigator, BRAIN) and faculty advisor Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE. The team placed first in the 6th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition held August 7-10 in San Diego, savoring the win over arch rival MIT, who fell this year to 4th. The competition is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research. See pictures of the team's 2003 submarine at

WPE and EMPO offices relocated

Assoc. Dean Zellman Warhaft, and the offices of Women's Programs in Engineering (WPE), directed by Krishna Athreya, and Engineering Minority Program Opportunities (EMPO), with Ayanna Wilcher as acting director, have moved to 146 Olin Hall. As described in Dean Fuchs's reorganization last fall, both offices are now under the leadership of Assoc. Dean Warhaft, and both programs have enhanced missions, expanding their mandate from focusing exclusively on undergraduates to strengthening diversity at all levels in the college.

Williamson garners third ESG gold medal

Prof. Charles Williamson, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won his third straight Empire State Games gold medal in laser class sailing on Saturday, July 26. Williamson has participated in the last eight Empire State Games and has finished sixth, fifth, fourth, third, and second along with his three firsts.

Participants needed for eating behavior study

Dr. David Levitsky and grad student Lori Neighbors in Nutritional Science are recruiting participants for an eating behavior study. Through the use of "Food Event Logs" they hope to uncover patterns in the reasons surrounding why individuals choose to pick up and put down the fork throughout the day.

They are looking for individuals who are:

Healthy Over 18 years of age Men and women Of all weight categories In the central NY area

See for more details. Compensation: Participants who complete the study will be entered into a raffle for $25 gift certificates to Wegman's (odds no worse than 1/20). If you would like to sign up, please contact the investigators via e-mail ( or phone (261-0500) or sign up via the study web site.

Summer magazine out next week

The Summer 2003 issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine will be distributed next week. Features include a look at CEE Prof. Jim Gossett's work in bioremediation; a focus on CS undergrad Jay Ayres who collaborates with Prof. Johannes Gehrke in research on wireless sensor networks; a profile of MSE grad Carlos Garcia who works with Prof. Uli Wiesner on block copolymers; and a glimpse behind the scenes with an MAE alumnus whose robot explored the Great Pyramid on live television. You'll also get a preview of the newest student-designed vehicle on the E Quad: a collapsible hovercraft.

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