Skip to main content

In This Section:

Volume 7, Issue 14
February 23, 2005

In this issue:

National Engineers Week activities in the college

The College of Engineering is observing National Engineers Week, February 20- 26, with a week's worth of fun-filled activities organized by our student organizations. The events include College Bowl Trivia, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Lego Competition, Constant a Day Contest, Engineering Nerd Cup, and the 7th annual Diversity Dinner. For more information about these activities, visit the Engineering Student Council web site: http://eng-2k-

Engineering College Bowl this afternoon

As part of the Engineers Week activities, students will compete in a College Bowl competition today (Wednesday, February 23) at 4:45 p.m. in B11 Kimball, sponsored by SHPE (the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and ESW (Engineers for a Sustainable World). Participants have the opportunity to win prizes from companies such as Apple, HP, and Motorola in a competition that tests their knowledge in a variety of engineering AND non-engineering subjects.

This competition is open to all students in the Cornell community; walk-ins are welcome or participants may e-mail Brian ( to sign up beforehand and be entered in a raffle for a brand new iPod! Students may sign up in teams of three or individually, to be placed in teams at the competition.

Faculty and student awards and honors

Asst. Prof. Jose Martinez, ECE, and three of his students, Nevin Kirman, Meyrem Kirman, and Mainak Chaudhuri (who has since graduated and joined the faculty of CSE at IIT Kanpur), received the Best Paper Award for their paper "Checkpointed Early Load Retirement" at the International Symposium on High- Performance Computer Architecture, which is one of the most respected archival conferences in computer architecture.

Svensson lectures in CTC series

The Cornell Theory Center Distinguished Lecture Series, Virtual Worlds in Academia, presents Patrik Svensson, director of HUMlab, Umea University, Sweden, whose topic is "From Text to First Person Shooters: Iconic and Symbolic Representation in Virtual Environments." The lecture, scheduled for Monday, Feb 28, at 4:30 p.m. in 655 Rhodes Hall, is open to Cornell Community.

For more information, visit or contact Stephanie Specchio, 607-254-8757

Enterprise Engineering features Galvin, Wennberg

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) sponsors the Enterprise Engineering Seminars on Wednesdays at 4:30 in Phillips 101. Alumni return to campus to talk about engineering in the real work. The lectures are free and open to the Cornell community.

Feb 23: Greg Galvin, M.S. 82 MSE, Ph.D. '84, MBA '93, president and CEO, Kionix Inc., "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

Mar 2: Sam Wennberg '80 ME, president, Ocean Power Technologies, "Ocean Wave Energy: The Next Breakthrough Technology"

MSE hosts Cheng, Custer

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.

Feb 24: Prof. Stephen Z.D. Cheng, University of Akron, "The Study of Onsets of Tethered Chain Overcrowding and Highly Stretched Brush Regime via Crystalline-Amorphous Diblock Copolymers"

Mar 3: Dr. Jonathan Custer, Sandia National Laboratories, "Materials Science for MEMS and Microsystems"

TA evaluations underway

Midterm student feedback is one of the best methods for helping TAs improve their instruction, and simple changes early on can help motivate students and enhance student learning. To facilitate this exchange, the LIFE Program will be conducting on-line TA midterm evaluations from Monday, Feb 21, through Monday, Mar 7. Engineering students are encouraged to complete the survey for TAs in their courses at

News from ASTech Libraries

The Spring 2005 issue of "Check Out! The News from ASTech Libraries" (formerly The EMPSL Standard) is now available.

ASTech (Associated Science and Technology Libraries) is the new name for the administratively integrated Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Veterinary Libraries.

Table of contents: ASTech Check Out!, Refworks, Chem602, New Course Reserve Form, VIVO: Life Science Research Tool, Research Connection @ Duffield, Engineering Renovation Update, Beilstein Upgrade, eJournal Search Tips, MyDocumentDelivery, ASTech People

Reminder: BOOM 2005 to take place March 9

Mark your calendars for Wed., March 9: BOOM 2005 (Bits On Our Minds) will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Duffield Hall atrium. BOOM is an annual fair that showcases student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. The event is hosted by Computing and Information Science and includes disciplines from throughout the campus. We hope to see you there!

Sign up as an "AskNSDL" Expert for BOOM

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and the Virtual Reference Desk at Syracuse University are soliciting experts to participate in the AskNSDL service for BOOM 2005.

Although BOOM visitors may have questions about specific exhibit topics, experts can sign up to answer questions related to all areas of science, mathematics, and technology. Faculty, students, librarians and others are encouraged to share their knowledge with students and teachers who will be sending their inquiries during BOOM and beyond.

To register, go to and choose "for experts." Contact Carol Minton Morris (607-255-2702, or Blythe Bennett (315- 443-5445, for more information.

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.