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Volume 6, Issue 6
October 22, 2003


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Reminder: Engineering faculty meeting Oct 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.


Two ECE profs elected fellows

Prof. David Hammer was recently elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year the AAAS Council elects members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Hammer was honored for his "pioneering contributions to the science of pulsed power machines, plasma physics, and controlled fusion."

Prof. Paul Kintner was recently elected Fellow of the American Physical Society through the Division of Plasma Physics. Election to Fellow recognizes very significant scholarly contributions to the field. Kintner was honored "for investigation of microstructure, wave-particle interactions, and plasma acceleration in space plasmas using sounding rocket and satellite experiments, and for innovative applications of GPS technology to space plasma experiments."

Both Hammer and Kintner will be recognized at annual meetings later this year.


Richard Friend is MSE's Upson Visiting Professor

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Richard H. Friend as the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor. Friend, the Cavendish Professor of Physics at University of Cambridge, pioneered the study of conjugated polymers as semiconductors and has demonstrated that these materials can be used in a wide range of semiconductor devices, including light emitting diodes, transistors and photovoltaic cells.

During his residence, Friend will give lectures and collaborate with faculty throughout campus on teaching and research. His first lecture, titled "Organic Semiconductor Heterojunctions: Electricity to Light and Light to Electricity," will be held on Tuesday, October 28, in 155 Olin Hall at 4:00 p.m.

For more information: http://www.mse.cornell.edu/materials_science_news/.


CEE alumnus to lead ASCE

William P. Henry '63 CE will begin a one-year term as the president-elect of the ASCE in November at the 2003 Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition in Nashville. After serving this term, he will become the society's next president.

Henry's experience includes more than 36 years in the engineering-construction industry in the Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Washington, D.C., areas, primarily on water resources and environmental projects. Henry is currently the marketing manager for the Seattle office of Schaaf & Wheeler Consulting Civil Engineers, a firm that focuses its practice in water resources engineering. He is licensed engineer in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


ORIE grad wins paper competition

Amar Sapra, a Ph.D. student and lecturer in ORIE, is the winner of the 2003 MSOM Student Paper Competition. The presentation will be at the Atlanta INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 19-22,2003.

The Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM), a subdivision of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), promotes the enhancement and dissemination of knowledge, and the efficiency of industrial practice, related to the operations function in manufacturing and service enterprises. The methods which MSOM members apply in order to help the operations function add value to products and services are derived from a wide range of scientific fields, including operations research and management science, mathematics, economics, statistics, information systems and artificial intelligence.

http://www.informs.org/Conf/Atlanta2003


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.


Qiu 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 22: Jing Qiu, graduate student, Statistics, "Sharp Simultaneous Intervals for the Means of Selected Populations with Application to Microarray Data Analysis"

http://www.stat.cornell.edu


MSE hosts Vlassak, Erlebacher

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 23: Prof. Joost Vlassak, Harvard University, "Mechanical Behavior of Thin Metal Films"

Oct 30: Prof. Jonah Erlebacher, Johns Hopkins University, "Morphological Control and Applications of Nanoporous Metals and Nanoporous Metal Nanocomposites"

http://www.mse.cornell.edu/materials_science_news/seminars_fall_2003.ht ml


Enterprise Engineering features Jenner, Aubrecht

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 23: Jesse Jenner '69 EE, partner, Fish & Neave, "Patent Law"

Oct 30: Richard Aubrecht '66, Ph.D. '70, vice chairman and vice president for strategy and technology, Moog Inc., "Why Manufacturing Matters"


Academic Excellence Workshops see rise in enrollment

Word is out and enrollment is up. The Fall 2003 semester has seen a six percent increase in enrollment in Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) over last spring. A total of 293 students are participating in the workshops this fall, representing 13 percent of the total enrolled in the core engineering courses in Math, Computer Science, and Chemistry, for which AEWs are offered. This increase in student interest is not surprising, as AEW participants consistently outperform their peers by earning higher average grades in the core course. AEWs reinforce material presented in the core engineering classes by providing additional problem solving techniques through collaborative learning.

http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/aew


Promoting your department

New magazine racks have recently been installed in the lobby of Carpenter Hall. This is a great place to get your information in the hands of Engineering students, corporate visitors, alumni, parents, and prospective students. If you have current brochures, booklets, and other publications that you would like to share with the Engineering community and visitors to the Engineering Quad, please send a supply (up to 50 copies) to:

Receptionist
College of Engineering
243 Carpenter Hall

(No posters please; we have literature racks only, no bulletin boards.)


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