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Volume 7, Issue 17
April 6, 2005

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Faculty and student awards and honors

Al George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MAE, has been selected to receive the Carson Buck Outstanding Teaching Award of the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. The award will be presented at the 2005 St. Lawrence Section Conference at Binghamton University April 8-9.

Kevin Huang '06 MSE has won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of 320 Goldwater Scholars selected this year from 1,091 candidates nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The one- and two-year scholarships cover college expenses up to $7,500 per year. Huang joins 26 Cornellians who have won the Goldwater Scholarship in the last eight years.

Annual alumni conference set for April 21-23

This year the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (formerly CSE) is featuring a theme of leadership at the annual conference. Engineering alumni who have been successful in running companies -- such as Abiomed's David Lederman '66 EP, PhD '73 ME, and Premier Rides' Jim Seay '84 ME -- will share their success stories. Selected students in the LeaderShape program will be featured, as well as faculty in the Systems Engineering program.

Engineering faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend any of the conference sessions of interest; there is no charge to attend (except for meals) but pre-registration is required. Many alumni attend this annual conference, and it is a good chance for networking.

To see the complete agenda and to register online: (choose "conference" from the menu at the top)

Looking for suggestions of special seniors to profile

Each May, the Cornell Chronicle features profiles of selected graduating seniors in the commencement issue. The Cornell News Service is soliciting recommendations for seniors to profile, and they are looking for individuals who are not necessarily your top scholars, but "quirky, adventurous people." If you know of an outstanding senior, someone who deserves special recognition for something out of the ordinary -- perhaps in their character, community service, outside interests, or chosen career -- please send those ideas to David Brand,, at the Cornell News Service. Recommendations are needed by the end of April.

See last year's profiles for examples:

Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer to speak April 21

Dr. Lee Chack Fan, pro-vice chancellor at the University of Hong Kong and the 2004-05 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, will lecture at Cornell on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in McManus Conference Center, 166 Hollister Hall, hosted by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Government Information Services Department and the US Department of State, Lee will speak at US institutions on the topic of "Meeting Rising Community Expectations: From Landslide Prevention to Harbour Enhancement in Hong Kong," describing efforts to satisfy community concerns regarding development of reclaimed land around Victoria Harbour. The lecture is free and open; the public is invited to attend.

Reminder: Smith lectures set for April 18-19

George Georgiou, PhD '87 ChE, the Joe C. Walter Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver the 18th annual Julian C. Smith Lectures in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell on Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19. Both talks will be given at 4 p.m. in 255 Olin Hall and will be preceded by a 3:15 p.m. reception in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge in 128 Olin Hall. Both lectures are free and open to the public. The topic of the April 18 lecture will be "Synthetic Biology: Biochemical Engineering Revisited?" The April 19 lecture will focus on "Engineering and Structure-Function of Therapeutic Antibodies and Enzymes."

More information:

Corson to lecture on Teaching Creative Design

Bruce Corson, of Corson Associates, will give a talk on Teaching Creative Design on Monday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall (refreshments at 4). He will discuss how effective design in engineering requires a complementary set of intuitive abilities: curiosity, exploratory creativity, behavioral self-knowledge, collaborative skill and perceptual agility.

Corson has won national architectural design awards for accessible housing, energy efficient public office buildings, and a winery in Upstate NY. He has taught engineering concepts in high schools, in professional education courses for the American Institute of Architects and NASA, and in courses at U.C. Berkeley and Cornell University.

An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Hunt to speak on climate change science and policy

Julian Hunt, the Mary B. Shepherd Upson Visiting Professor at Cornell, will present a special seminar on Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in B11 Kimball. Hunt, who is a professor of climate modeling in the Department of Space and Climate Physics and the Department of Earth Sciences and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at University College London, will speak on "Recent developments in science and policy on climate change."

Faculty candidate to present biostatistics lecture

The Department of Biological Statistics & Computational Biology is hosting a lecture by Sheng Zhong, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University, and candidate for a faculty position in the area of computational and statistical genomics. The talk, scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in G01 Biotech Building, is titled "Computational developments in identifying mammalian DNA regulatory elements facilitate research in developmental biology and cancer."

CEAA features Dawson, Simpkins

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) sponsors talks by engineering alumni on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in Phillips 101 (refreshments at 4:15). Cornell graduates return to campus to talk about "Engineering in the Real World." The lectures are free and open to the Cornell community.

Apr 13: Chet Dawson, MS '70 MSE, director, CD technology, Sony Music, "Compact Disc Manufacturing and the Drive to be Green"

Apr 21 (special Thursday schedule): Dan Simpkins '80 EE, M.Eng. 81, president and CEO, Hillcrest Communications, "The Ten Rules of Entrepreneurship"

Rattner to discuss Intel future directions

Cornell alumnus Justin Rattner, Intel Senior Fellow and director of the Corporate Technology Group, will be present a lecture on Wednesday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in B14 Hollister Hall describing Intel's research and development efforts in planning for future computing needs in a lecture titled "Imagine the Future: Platform 2015."

Specific research direction and results will be provided on platform virtualization to enable appliance-like operation, domain-specific parallel programming to ease development on large-scale multi-core systems, parallel run-time environments to dynamically perform resource and power management, 3D die and wafer stacking to overcome processor-to-memory bandwidth and pin limitations, and silicon photonics to deliver ultra high-bandwidth chip-to-chip signaling.

Cornell team recognized at hydrogen conference

A Cornell student team has won honorable mention in the National Hydrogen Association's 2005 "H2U" student design competition. Sponsored by NHA, the US Department of Energy, and Chevron Texaco, the competition invited student teams to submit innovative and imaginative designs for hydrogen power parks, which combine fueling and power generation in one location.

Competition results were announced at the 16th Annual Hydrogen Conference and Expo in Washington, DC, last week. Cornell team members included Arvind Chandrasekar, PhD student, BEE; Walter Chen, Perla Lastra, Jason Leung, M.Eng. students, CEE; Joseph Schwarz, M.Eng., Systems Engineering; and Devendar Agarwal, JGSM. Francis Vanek, visiting lecturer in MAE, was the faculty advisor. The team's business proposition will be published on the NHA web site.

Research Paper hosts release party

The Research Paper, a Cornell student publication featuring undergraduate research, is hosting its third annual issue release party on Friday, April 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Mann Library. All faculty members are invited to attend. The event will include refreshments, raffle prizes, and a performance by Last Call a cappella group.

In addition to announcing and distributing the current issue of The Research Paper, the magazine staff would like to use this event to facilitate communications between faculty and undergraduates interested in research. Faculty members who are interested in meeting and possibly working with undergraduates are asked to RSVP to Cecilia Lum (, marketing director of The Research Paper. The magazine staff will compile a guest list arranged by department to help students meet faculty members in their field of interest.

Register for Bring A Child To Work Day

On Thursday, April 28, Cornell will celebrate its ninth annual Bring a Child to Work Day. Last year, over 140 children of Cornell staff and their parents spent the day exploring career opportunities and the world of work. See the schedule for the day online.

Children ages 8 to 16 are eligible to attend, but spaces are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for registration is April 15. Register online:

For more information, contact Linda Haas Manley at 255-5298 or

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