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Volume 7, Issue 1
August 11, 2004

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New graduate field and Ph.D. in Information Science

The Graduate School has announced a new Ph.D. program and graduate field of Information Science. The first four students are expected in the fall 2004 and applications are now being accepted for the following year. Prof. Daniel Huttenlocher (Computer Science and Johnson School) has been appointed the first director of graduate studies for the new field. For more information:

September 3 is deadline for WSJ awards

It's more important than ever to discover and nurture new ideas. That's why The Wall Street Journal presents the Technology Innovation Awards. The Journal is looking for breakthroughs in such areas as medicine, biotech, software, hardware, the Internet, wireless and broadcasting. Winners will be featured in The Journal on Nov. 15. Entry deadline: Sept. 3. Details and entry form at

Kornegay selected by Science Spectrum, Black Engineer

The editors of Science Spectrum magazine and US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine have selected Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, as one of the "50 Most Important Black in Research Science" for 2004. Honorees are chosen for this annual list based on their work in making science part of our global society. The 50 will gather in Nashville on September 18 for a colloquium and awards dinner as part of the Emerald Awards Conference, which celebrates the accomplishments of minorities in science and promotes their greater representation among science professionals.

Staff changes in the College of Engineering

Please join us in welcoming new staff members and congratulating others in their new positions:

Karen Crane has joined the alumni affairs staff in the college, serving as the administrative assistant to Marsha Pickens, assistant dean for Alumni Affairs and Development. She succeeds Susan Flemming, who has moved to South Carolina. Karen comes to this position from the LIFE program. She's in 256 Carpenter Hall; new phone number is 255-8299

Nancy Gehres, who has been with Engineering for five years in Corporate and Foundation Relations, has been promoted to the position of executive staff assistant and office manager. Prior to Engineering, Nancy worked at Cornell in Vet Medicine and Alumni Affairs and Development. She will begin in the position on August 23, 2004, and will primarily work with Mike Spencer and Cathy Long. Nancy will also work with Mike to coordinate academic department reviews and she will oversee the dean's office operations. She's in 245 Carpenter Hall; new phone number is 255-0880.

Renee Lobdell has joined the college as an HR Specialist. She will be responsible for administering HR transaction processes in the college, providing guidance to departments on procedures and policy, and contributing to process improvement. Renee comes to Cornell from the Cortland Housing Authority where she spent the last year providing administrative support to both the executive and deputy director, and was responsible for administration of their payroll and accounting functions. She's in 245 Carpenter Hall; e-mail

Matthieu Stratton has joined the college as assistant director of finance and budget. He will provide finance support for the dean's central administration and student services departments. He will provide managerial oversight of the purchasing, reimbursement and accounting functions and oversee the maintenance of internal financial systems. Matt is a certified public account and, for the past two years, was senior auditor in the Oregon University System. He also has six years of experience in the Cornell audit office. Matt's office is located in 167E Olin Hall; phone 5-4114; e-mail

Best wishes to these departing staff members and congratulations on their new job opportunities:

Mike Hayes, who has been the director of Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education since 2000, and prior to that the director of Professional Programs for the college, has accepted a position at the University of Maryland as director of fraternity and sorority life in the Division of Student Affairs.

Kerwin-Michael Smith, associate director of Advising and a member of the college staff since 2001, has accept a position as registrar for the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Welcome to the Class of 2008

In the next few weeks Cornell's Class of 2008 will arrive on campus with approximately 720 engineers. The Engineering Admissions Office is delighted to report that the caliber of this year's engineering class, as in recent years, remained very strong. These 720 students hail from all over the United States and over 20 foreign countries. Their individual talents range from pipe organ builder to published poet, from nationally ranked athletes to emergency medical technicians, and from DNA researcher to NASA intern. One student has a patent-pending for a dental identification device he engineered! We are particularly pleased to note a significant increase in our fall class of underrepresented minorities (particularly African American students,) marking one of the strongest and most diverse classes we've seen in recent years. Here are some numbers to provide you with insight into the class of enrolling Cornell engineers:

27% female
11% underrepresented minorities
13% international
93% in the top ten percent of their HS class

The admissions office wishes to thank all of the faculty and staff for helping to recruit such a great group of students. Your assistance through speaking with prospective students and their families, allowing them to sit in on classes, or by volunteering your time to participate in a hosting dinner or admission panel is greatly appreciated. Now it's time to get cracking on the Class of 2009!

Fall orientation set for August 21-25

The College of Engineering will be hosting Fall Orientation for incoming Engineering freshmen and transfer students from Saturday, August 21, through Wednesday, August 25. The full schedule of Engineering orientation events is online at All Engineering faculty and staff in positions that support students are encouraged to participate as appropriate.

Your attendance will be particularly meaningful at the following two events that give new students and their families an opportunity to meet faculty and staff:

Saturday, August 21
4:00-5:00 p.m
Engineering Reception for New Students, Parents, and Faculty
West Entrance of Olin Hall at Ho Plaza

Wednesday, August 25
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social for New Engineering Students and Faculty
West Entrance of Olin Hall at Ho Plaza

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.