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Volume 6, Issue 21
June 16, 2004

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Trustees approve Department of BME

At the May 28 meeting, the Cornell University Board of Trustees approved the proposal of the College of Engineering to create a Department of Biomedical Engineering within the college. A cross-college "Biomedical Engineering Program" (BMEP) was established in 2001. It is expected that the department structure will accelerate Cornell's national leadership in biomedical engineering while simultaneously enhancing existing departments that integrate the life sciences with engineering disciplines. Prof. Mike Shuler, director of the BME program, will continue as leader of the unit.

Renegar appointed ORIE interim director

Dean Kent Fuchs has announced the appointment of Prof. James Renegar as interim director of the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University, effective July 1, 2004. He succeeds Prof. Sidney Resnick, who has served as director since July 1999.

Renegar earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1983 and joined the Cornell faculty in ORIE in 1987. For more information, read his biographical sketch at

DeLisa receives NYSTAR award

Asst. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE, was among winners of the NYSTAR J. D. Watson Investigator award in biotechnology recently announced by Gov. Pataki. The awards recognize young scientists and engineers who have shown the potential to be leaders in biotechnology.

DeLisa's grant will fund research "to exploit the twin-arginine translocation system for protein expression that transports folding proteins across the E. coli membrane for the creation of novel biotechnology-based drugs."

Another of the 2004 awardees is Jeff Errington, Ph.D. '99, an alumnus of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who is now on the faculty at SUNY BUffalo.

College committee election results announced

Dean Kent Fuchs has announced the results of the May 2004 election for the University Appeals Panel, College Grievance Committee, Academic Integrity Hearing Board and Nominating Committee. The following are the new candidates selected by the College of Engineering faculty:

University Appeals Panel (Term 2004-2009)
  Wilfred Brutsaert, CEE
  Fred Gouldin, MAE

College Grievance Committee (Term 2004-2007)
  Wolfgang Sachse, TAM

Academic Integrity Hearing Board (Term 2004-2007)
  James Bartsch, BEE
  Arnim Meyburg, CEE

Nominating Committee (Term 2004-2007)
  Larry Cathles, EAS
  Elizabeth Fisher, MAE
  Sheila Hemami, ECE
  Richard Schuler, CEE

Robbins elected to leadership in NACADA

Rich Robbins, director of Engineering Advising, has been elected to the national leadership position of administrative division representative for the National Academic Advising Associate (NACADA). Robbins will assume this role at the end of the NACADA National Conference to be held in Cincinnati in October and will serve two years in the position.

Purchasing awards contracts for office supplies

The Office for Purchasing Services has announced the awarding of two new contracts, to Boise Office Solutions and Staples Business Advantage, for the procurement of office supplies by the university. According to the Purchasing announcement, "These contracts will be exceptional in their value to unit administrators, who will not only retain the ability to choose between suppliers, but will enjoy excellent improved pricing and service."

Please check the Purchasing website,, which will be updated to provide simple access to both supplier web sites. In the meantime, you may contact the suppliers at:

Boise Office Solutions
Phone: 866-301-7549
Fax: 866-301-7551

Staples Business Advantage
Phone: 877-554-4066
Fax: 607-387-4189

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