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Volume 6, Issue 8
November 19, 2003

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Van Dover and former colleagues receive superconductor patent

The patent for the composition of Y-Ba-Cu-O, the "high-temperature" superconductor known as "123" for the ratio of Y, Ba, and Cu, respectively, was finally awarded to MSE Prof. R. Bruce van Dover and his former colleagues at Bell Labs, Robert Cava and Bertram Batlogg. "123" was the first superconductor discovered that could operate above the temperature of liquid nitrogen. The patent for this material was hotly contested between four labs, including that of C.-W. Paul Chu, whose group at the University of Houston first identified the existence of superconductivity in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system. It took 13 years to adjudicate the contest, and another three to issue the patent. In the meantime, the technology associated with these materials has been developed and they are close to being commercialized for power applications.

AEP alumnus named to Scientific American 50

Dr. Philip Batson '70 EP, Ph.D. 76 AP, has been recognized by Scientific American magazine in their annual list of accomplishments that have contributed to the advancement of technology in the realms of science, engineering, commerce, and public policy. The "Scientific American 50" will appear in the magazine's December issue, arriving on newsstands November 25 and available now at

Batson was recognized in the Imaging category: "Demonstrated an electron microscope that can see objects smaller than an atom." He is a scientist at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Three faculty members honored as Fellows

Prof. Jack F. Booker, MAE, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE), U.K., cited for his application of experience and life-long learning in engineering education and major contributions to mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell.

Prof. Dexter Kozen, CS, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. The ACM Fellows Program recognizes and honors outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology.

Prof. Charles Williamson, MAE, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, recognizing his "imaginative, innovative experiments that have injected new life into the study of wake dynamics behind bluff bodies and of trailing vortices."

Undergraduate research funds available

Learning Initiatives for Future Engineers (LIFE) is now accepting applications for Spring 2004 Undergraduate Research Awards. These funds are available to support student research with a faculty mentor. Please visit the following web site for essential information on program changes and funding sources:

Deadlines for Spring applications:
Faculty application deadline: Tuesday, December 2
Student application deadline: Friday, December 5

Patterson presents inaugural lecture in ECE series

David A. Patterson, the Pardee Professor of Computer Science at UC-Berkeley, will present the inaugural lecture in ECE's William A. Anthony Lecture Series entitled, "Future Directions for Computer Engineering," on Thursday, Nov 20, 4:30 p.m., in 101 Phillips Hall. Patterson is one of the pioneers of both reduced instruction set computers (RISC) and redundant arrays of inexpensive disks (RAID), now widely used throughout the industry. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and he has received education and research awards from both societies. His current research project--recovery oriented computing (ROC)--assumes that human mistakes, software bugs, and hardware failures are facts of life to be coped with rather than considered as problems to be solved.


Reminder: final Friend lecture on Monday

Professor Richard H. Friend, the Upson Visiting Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, will present his final fall 2003 lecture on November 24. Friend is the Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He has 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. He has been very active in the process of technology transfer of this research to development for products. The lecture, titled "Polymer electronics: Technology transfer and company start-up," will be held on Monday, Nov 24, in B11 Kimball Hall at 4:00 p.m.


Update: Gall lecture room change

The 9th lecture in the Distinguished Lecture Series on Computational Materials and Engineering, sponsored by the Cornell Theory Center and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be held in 352 Hollister Hall (changed from Rm 366), at 4:30 p.m. (refreshments provided at 4:15). The format is a one-hour lecture, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period.

Thursday, Nov 20: Ken Gall, University of Colorado at Boulder, "Atomistic Simulations of Metallic Nanowires"

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