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Volume 6, Issue 15
March 10, 2004


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Financial Engineering program ranks fourth

Cornell's Financial Engineering program, an option with the master of engineering degree in the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, ranks fourth among all masters in finance/quantitative finance/financial engineering programs, according to a recently updated survey by Global Derivatives, a site aimed at the education and expansion of all things related to financial engineering, derivatives and quantitative finance (see Rankings ).

Other programs ranked in the top four include those at the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; and the Courant Institute at New York University. Of these only Columbia and Cornell offer programs bridging the engineering and management faculties.


M.Eng. Degree in BME approved

Cornell's new master of engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering has recently been approved by New York State and the Biomedical Engineering Program is now accepting and processing applications.

Please advise interested seniors that paper application forms and BME M.Eng. program descriptions are available from 222 Carpenter Hall or 270 Olin Hall. As the new degree has not been set up on the Graduate School computers, a paper application is preferred over electronic application. All applicants will be reviewed for acceptance and financial aid.


Follmer to present mini course on Risk Measures

Hans Follmer of Humboldt Universitat, Berlin, will be a Mary Upson Visiting Professor in the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from March 13 to April 10, 2004. He will be offering a mini course on Risk Measures during this period. All are welcome.

The course will include an introduction to the theory of convex risk measures, with special emphasis on robust representations, law-invariant risk measures, the connections to other notions of shortfall risk, and some related optimization problems.

The mini course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:15 to 12:05, in 280 Rhodes. The first meeting will be March 15 and the last will be April 7. The mini course will not meet during spring break week.


Engineering alumnus Wisler named to NAE

Cornell Engineering alumnus David C. Wisler, M. S. '65 (aerospace), was among 76 individuals named to membership in the National Academy of Engineering this year. Wisler is manager of university programs and aerotechnology labs at GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati. He was cited for "advancing the understanding of multistage compressor flows and improving product blading designs." Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

NAE announcement


Roundy's paper among the 50 best

ORIE Professor Robin Roundy's 1985 paper, "8-Percent Effective Integer-Ratio Lot-Sizing for One-Warehouse Multi-Retailer Systems", has been named one of the 50 most influential papers in the journal "Management Science." The year 2004 marks the 50th year of publication for Management Science. To commemorate the occasion, the journal is celebrating some of its most influential publications. The editors compiled a list of the 50 papers felt to represent the most significant research.


Smaller than Nano: Craighead measures attograms

Physics News Update reports that attogram mass detection, using a lithographically fabricated nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) device, has been achieved by Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, and his research group, offering "prospects of exquisite detection of very tiny chemical and biological species, possibly with arrays of detectors." The Economist has also published a story on Craighead's "tiny scales."

Read more:
The Economist
Physics News Update

The work is due to appear in a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Applied Physics.


Lipson's work featured in EE Times

ECE's Asst. Prof. Michal Lipson's research group was recently featured in the EE Times, describing their work on techniques for making photonic microchips -- in which streams of electrons are replaced by beams of light. The publication was reporting on Lipson's presentation in a symposium on "21st Century Photonics" at the AAAS meeting in Seattle in February. The EE Times is a trade journal with a circulation of about 158,000 that highlights exciting events and activities in both business and technology in the field of electrical engineering.

EE Times story


CEE student wins DOE fellowship

Mike Veilleux, a graduate student in CEE (Structures) has received a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. The CSGF identifies and provides support to the very best computational science graduate students nationally. This fellowship has supported over 120 students at approximately 50 universities.

Veilleux's advisor is Prof. Anthony Ingraffea, CEE's Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering.

CSGF website


MSE hosts Schaff

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.

Mar 11: Dr. William Schaff, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, "The small bandgap properties of InN grown by molecular beam epitaxy"

Mar 18: No Seminar

Mar 25: Spring Break

MSE Spring 2004 Seminar Series


Eichler joins CEE staff as campaign director

Carol Eichler has joined the staff in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as campaign director for the CEE laboratory renovation campaign. Eichler comes to the school from Day Hall where she was assistant to the campaign director for the university's Life Sciences and Celebration of Cornell Faculty campaigns. She joined Cornell in August 2000, serving in temporary positions in project development and CALS public affairs; she previously worked for a number of community non-profit organizations and continues to do so as a volunteer. Eichler will be working closely with Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development in the college, as well as the CEE faculty and staff; she started on February 9.


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