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Volume 6, Issue 5
October 8, 2003

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Engineering faculty meeting set for October 29

The first College of Engineering faculty meeting for the fall semester is scheduled for the end of this month:

Wednesday, October 29
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall

The October 29 meeting will include presentations and discussion on the college strategic plan and two proposed joint majors. A reception will follow the meeting.

AEP researchers among finalists in inventors competition

Graduate students Keith Aubin and Robert Reichenbach and research associate Maxim Zalalutdinov are among 15 finalists announced in the 2003 Collegiate Inventors Competition for their submission of "A Dome Shaped Micromechanical Oscillator for Telecommunications." The faculty advisors on this project are Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, and Prof. Jeevak Parpia, Physics. The Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is an international competition designed to encourage college students to be active in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and creative invention, while stimulating their problem-solving abilities. Final judging and awards presentation will take place in New York City later this month.

New graphics book by Bala

Computer Science faculty member Kavita Bala has a newly published book based on her research in graphics. Written with co-authors Philip Dutre and Philippe Bekaert, "Advanced Global Illumination" provides the reader with a fundamental understanding of global illumination algorithms. The authors discuss a broad class of algorithms for realistic image synthesis and introduce the theoretical basis for the algorithms presented. The text covers the theory of Monte Carlo techniques and explains how these concepts are used in global illumination. This book is aimed at students, researchers, and computer graphics enthusiasts.

Putnam receives Alnylam award

Asst. Prof. David Putnam, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named the first recipient of Alnylam Pharmaceutical's "Young Investigator Award for Innovation." Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is an early-stage therapeutics company. According to their web site, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company was founded in 2002 by an international group of scientists that helped discover the novel biological phenomenon of RNA interference.

Lewis will join ORIE; wins Lagrange Prize

Adrian Lewis, who will join the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in July 2004, has just been awarded the 2003 Lagrange Prize. The prize, established in 2002, is awarded every three years jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The prize is awarded for outstanding work in the area of continuous optimization and was awarded to Lewis for his paper "Nonsmooth analysis of eigenvalues" (Mathematical Programming 84 (1999), pp. 1-24). Awards are based primarily on mathematical quality, significance, and originality as well as clarity, excellence of exposition and the value of the work in practical applications.

Seminar: Imposter Syndrome

Do you think your academic success is due to luck, timing, personality, a result of help from others, or just having "fooled" people? Do you worry that someday, someone is going to find out you aren't all you're cracked up to be? You are NOT alone. Find out how to overcome this "Imposter Syndrome."

When: October 15
What: "How to Feel as Bright and Capable as
           Everyone Seems to Think You Are"
Undergrad Seminar: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30-7:15 p.m. (pick up tickets in advance, 146 Olin Hall)
Grad Seminar: 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Where: 155 Olin

Faculty are welcome and may attend either session. This event is sponsored by EGSA, ORGSPE, WPE, and SWE

Proposed Cornell University Club

A task force has developed a plan for a facility to foster interdisciplinary exchange, help integrate new arrivals into Cornell, contribute to a sense of community, and increase faculty collegiality. Information on the proposal is available at the following site:

Those interested in supporting the proposal can sign the petition on the web site.

Carberry to deliver 2003 Thorpe Lecture

John Carberry '63 (BChE '64, M.Eng. '65), director of environmental technology for the DuPont Company, will be on campus Thursday, Oct 30, to deliver the tenth Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His talk is titled "Industry and the Environment: Changing Paradigms" and will be presented in 165 Olin Hall at 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception prior to the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge, 128 Olin Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

CTC/MAE sponsor Hartley lecture

The Cornell Theory Center and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are co-sponsoring the upcoming lecture, "Quantitative Description of Anisotropic Microstructures," presented by Craig S. Hartley, program manager for Metallic Materials Aerospace and Materials Sciences. Hartley will present his lecture on Tues., Oct. 21, in B17 Upson Hall, at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available at 4:00 p.m. in Upson Lounge.

For more information visit or contact Carol Christoffersen 4- 8692,

MSE hosts Arsenlis, Winnik

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.

Oct 9: Dr. Tom Arsenlis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, "Influence of Grain Boundaries on the Heterogeneous Deformation of Metals"

Oct 16: Prof. Mitch Winnik, University of Toronto, "Nanowires and Nanotubes through Block Copolymer Self Assembly in Selective Solvents"

Enterprise Engineering features Clarke, Young

The CSE Enterprise Engineering Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in B14 Hollister Hall. Refreshments are provided at 4:15 p.m.

Oct 9: Troy Clarke, group vice president, manufacturing and labor relations, General Motors,"Bigger, Faster, Better & GM Manufacturing's Race to the Future"

Oct 16: Fred Young '64, BME 65, M.Eng. '66, MBA '66, consultant and retired president of Young Radiator, "Surviving Change as a Component Supplier to Large Manufacturers"

Kaspi lectures in statistics seminars

The Department of Statistical Science seminar series is offered on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served at 3:45 p.m. in 301 Malott Hall.

Oct 15: Haya Kaspi, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, "A characterization of the infinite divisible squared Gaussian processes"

Please see the Department of Statistical Science web page for further details:

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