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Volume 6, Issue 13
February 11, 2004

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Hammer to receive Plasma award

Prof. David Hammer, ECE, has been selected to receive the 2004 Plasma Science and Applications Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. Hammer is being recognized by the society "for fundamental contributions to the understanding of intense relativistic electron beam propagation, intense ion beam generation and propagation, innovative plasma diagnostic development for intense beam devices, x-ray source development using novel plasma pinches, and for his commitment to the mentoring of graduate students in the field of plasma science." This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated "outstanding contributions to the field of plasma science." In recognition of this award, Hammer will present a plenary address at the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science in Baltimore in June.

Hopcroft named IBM Professor

Cornell Trustees have elected Prof. John Hopcroft, Department of Computer Science, to the IBM Professorship of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, effective February 1, 2004. Hopcroft was previously the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Computer Science from 1985 to 1994 and the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering from 1994 to 2001.

Kornegay group garners best paper award

ECE Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay's research group received a Best Student Paper Award for 2003 from the Device Research Conference. The paper, "A Fin-Type Independent-Double-Gate NFET," by David M. Fried, Edward J. Nowak, Jakub Kedzierski, Jon S. Duster, and Kevin T. Kornegay, was selected by the Technical Program Committee as one of the two Best Student Papers for 2003. David Fried, a Ph.D. student in the group, is the awardee. The formal award will be presented at the 2004 Device Research Conference at Notre Dame, Indiana, in June.

CAREER award for Marschner

Asst. Prof. Steve Marschner, CS, has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award of $400,000 for his proposal, "Modeling the Properties and Appearance of Materials." The NSF program is intended to support the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning

Martinez paper selected as "top pick"

Recent work on speculative synchronization by ECE's Asst. Prof. Jose Martinez was selected to appear in IEEE Micro 2003 Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences. His paper, titled "Speculative Synchronization: Programmability and Performance for Parallel Codes," was one of 15 that were judged to have had a major impact on the field.

Bucko to pursue training and coaching

Over the past two years we have had the pleasure to have worked with Jim Bucko in his capacity as director of facilities for the college. In addition to Jim's enthusiasm for his work with the college and with the university's facilities division, he has the passion and skill for delivering training and coaching in areas including team-building and leadership, which he pursues in his free time. Jim has decided to fully shift his efforts to his training and coaching career, and will be leaving the university on February 13th to do so.

Jim has led several important projects in the college during his time here, including upgrading all of the college's classrooms, compiling the college's emergency plan, and renovating several floors of Phillips and Upson Halls in concert with the Duffield project. Please take the opportunity to bid farewell to Jim and to thank him for his contributions to the college.

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean for Administration

Get Involved with EGSA

Run by graduate students, the Engineering Graduate Student Association (EGSA) organizes professional and social activities to benefit the engineering grad student community and promote social interaction. EGSA is a great way to meet students from other engineering departments, and get sponsorship for talks and seminars, intramural sports, mentoring events and much more.

All are welcome to get involved! For announcements of upcoming events subscribe through listproc to the EGSA mailing list (instructions can be found at Also, up-to-date information can be found on the EGSA website:

MSE hosts Wahl, Gregg

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held 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.

Feb 12: Dr. Kathryn J. Wahl, Naval Research Laboratory, "Hybrid Nanoindentation - New Scanned Probe Nanomechanics Techniques for Polymers, Composites, and Nantostructures"

Feb 19: Dr. Brian A. Gregg, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "A Heuristic Approach to Understanding Exciton Formation, Doping and Carrier Transport in Organic Semiconductors"

ORIE seminar features Li, El Karoui

The School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering seminar series is held on Tuesdays at 4:15 p,m. in 655 Rhodes Hall. Refreshments are served in 258 Rhodes at 3:45 p.m.

Feb 17: Erning Li, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, "Estimation for Generalized Linear Models When Covariates Are Subject-Specific Parameters in a Mixed Model for Longitudinal Measurements"

Feb 24: Noureddine El Karoui, Statistics Department, Stanford University, "The Tracy-Widom law"

Special seminar in Statistics this week

The Department of Statistical Science is hosting a special seminar this week at 3:00 p.m. in 251 Malott Hall on Friday. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar in 301 Malott at 2:45 p.m

Feb 13: Soumendra N. Lahiri, Iowa State University, "Resampling methods for irregularly spaced spatial data"

TAM hosts Deegan, Schorghofer

The Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics seminars are held on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in 205 Thurston Hall. Refreshments precede the seminars at 2:15 p.m. in the TAM Lounge, 206 Thurston Hall.

Feb 13: Prof. Robert Deegan, University of Texas at Austin, "Shake and Break: Pattern Formation in Liquids and Solids"

Feb 20: Norbert Schorghofer, postdoctoral scholar in Planetary Science, Caltech, "The Active Surface of Mars: Granular Avalanches."

IBM guest speakers featured on Feb 26

Five researchers from IBM will be on campus Thursday, Feb 26, as guest speakers in a variety of presentations:

Chuck Black, research staff member, IBM, "Application of Self-Assembling Materials to Microelectronics"
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
Hosted by: MSE Colloquium

William J. Gallagher, senior manager, Magnetronics, IBM, "The Potential for a New Universal Memory Building Block: 128kbit MRAM Cores"
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
Hosted by: ECE Colloquium

David Jensen, senior manager, Applied Mathematics, IBM, "Analytic Models Running on Comp Grid Com"
10:10 - 11:25 a.m., 401 Hollister Hall
Hosted by: COM S 612, Compiler Design for High-Performance Architectures, Prof. Keshav Pingali

David McQueeney, MS '84 A&S; PhD '88 A&S, vice president, Technology Assets, IBM, lecture title TBD.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., B14 Hollister Hall (DeFrees Auditorium)
Hosted by: Enterprise Engineering Seminar

Modest M. Oprysko, department group manager, Communications Technologies, IBM, "Next Generation High-Performance Link Technology: Wireless"
1:25 - 2:40 p.m., 203 Phillips Hall
Hosted by: ECE 568 (Mobil Communication Systems), Asst. Prof. Anna Scaglione

IBM will be hosting a reception for those attending any of the above talks at 5:30 p.m. in McManus Lounge (166 Hollister Hall).

College Intranet accessible from the home page

For the convenience of those of you who may need to access information
on the College of Engineering Intranet, you will now find an "Intranet"
menu item on the home page of the Engineering web site,, that will take you to the Intranet home
page. Please note: Many of the Intranet pages are restricted to Cornell faculty
and staff, and some are restricted to smaller groups of people. If you encounter
access restrictions in error, you'll find contact information online for resolving
your questions.

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