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Volume 7, Issue 18
April 20, 2005

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Faculty and student awards and honors

Leslie Banks-Sills, adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell (and professor, Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Systems of Tel Aviv University, Israel), was named an Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture. There are 48 living Fellows; by rule there is a maximum of 50.

Prof. Wilfried Brutsaert, CEE, has been awarded a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Award for Eminent Scientists. The JSPS awards, given to Nobel laureates and other leading scientists, are an invitation to come to Japan for the purpose of associating directly with Japanese researchers so as to mentor, stimulate, and inspire them to greater attainments.

Prof. David Caughey, MAE, has been appointed honorary professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Wales Swansea. This is a five-year appointment effective April 2005.

Two ECE graduate students, Ting He and Youngchul Sung, are winners in the Student Paper Contest at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP). Ting He's paper, coauthored with Prof. Lang Tong at Cornell and Prof. Shai Ben-David (Univ. Waterloo), is titled "Nonparametric Change Detection in 2D Random Sensor Field." Youngchul Sung's paper, also coauthored with Prof. Tong and with Prof. H. Vince Poor (Princeton University), is titled "A Large Deviation Approach to Sensor Scheduling for Detection of Correlated Random Fields."

Asst. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE, in collaboration with Asst Prof Todd Thorsen, MIT, has received one of 14 Futures grants, awarded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative to support interdisciplinary research on nanoscience and nanotechnology. The award will support Luo and Thosen's collaboration on "Mesoscale Patterning and Delivery of DNA-Based Nanoscale Buckyballs Using Microfluidic Devices."

Prof. Frank Moon, MAE, has been named Engineer of the Year by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Broome Area Chapter. The award is given in recognition of professional achievement, support and activity in the organization, service to the profession and community, technical expertise, and support for students and young engineers.

Prof. Robert J. Thomas, ECE, is the recipient of the 2005 IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award. This award is made annually to a member of the Power Engineering Society for excellence in teaching. The award recognizes innovations in power engineering education; leadership; and service to the profession and power engineering education community.

Prof. Mark Turnquist, CEE, in conjunction with General Motors has won the 2005 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The award, given by INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), recognizes outstanding implemented operations research that has had a significant, positive impact on the performance of a client organization. GM saved over $800 million through improved productivity at 30 company plants in 10 countries.

Submit faculty and student awards to Chronicle

In case you missed the announcement in the April 7 issue: The Cornell Chronicle will publish, in the May 26 edition, the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or academic department awards for the 2004-05 academic year. This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, check out the Chronicle graduation issues for previous years online:

Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials -- listing the names of the awards, the award winners, and prizes (if applicable) -- to Robin Zifchock, Cornell News Service, 312 College Ave or send e-mail to, by May 9. If you have any questions, please direct them to Robin.

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:

Call for Nominations: The TR35

The October 2005 issue of Technology Review will honor 35 brilliant young technologists -- and TR needs your help to find them. The publication is looking for the creative innovators whose work will shape the future. The TR editors, working with an elite panel of judges, will select the TR35 from a broad range of emerging technologies, including biotech, nanotechnology, software, electronics, medicine, telecom, and energy. To be eligible, the candidate must be under 35 as of October 1, 2005.

Submit nominations by April 30:

Undergrad research poster session set for April 27

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend the Spring 2005 Learning Initiatives For Engineers (LIFE) poster session to be held on Wednesday, April 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Duffield Atrium. This event will feature the work of those who received awards from LIFE during the Summer 2004, Fall 2004, and Spring 2005 sessions. With a number of outstanding participants on the program, we look forward to an evening that will illustrate the breadth and depth of undergraduate research in Cornell Engineering. Light refreshments will be served.

Red Rover now widely available in Duffield

Last fall Red Rover wireless access was implemented for most of the Duffield atria; 29 hardwired public ports were implemented recently. Now we are pleased to announce that Red Rover has been extended to almost all Duffield areas including faculty and cleanroom labs, graduate student and administrative offices, and all atria, interaction spaces, and other public areas.

For information on usage:

Game Design showcase set for May 11

The Game Design Initiative at Cornell University will showcase spring semester student work on Wednesday, May 11, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in 315-319 Upson. About 80 students from several departments are collaborating this semester on games for CIS 300 and independent studies.

This event is free and open to the campus and community. Visit the project website:

Cornell Theory Center celebrates 20 years

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Cornell Theory Center will host an open house on April 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Members of the Cornell community and the public are invited to visit at their convenience. During the afternoon, a virtual reality demonstration will be presented in the CAVE (Rhodes Hall, 6th floor); a visualization retrospective slide show will highlight visualizations created since 1987 (655 Rhodes Hall); and demonstrations covering topics ranging from data-intensive computing to bioinformatics, agriculture to virtual science fairs, and fracture mechanics, will be presented in the Collaboratory (653 Rhodes Hall). Light refreshments will be served.

Moin to present Sears lecture

Dr. Parviz Moin, Center for Turbulence Research and Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University, will present the 2005 William R. Sears Lecture Series in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This annual lecture series is named in honor of Sears, the founding director of the Graduate School of Aeronautical Engineering. Moin will present two lectures; these events are free and open to the Cornell community.

Thursday, Apr 21: â??Control theoretic approach to wall layer modeling in numerical simulation of turbulent boundary layersâ?쳌 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall; refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in Upson Hall Lounge

Friday, Apr 22: "Large eddy simulation of complex engineering flows" 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall; refreshments at 3:50 p.m. in Upson Hall Lounge

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.

Kavli sponsors lecture by IBM quantum computing expert

Charles H. Bennett , a quantum computing expert and research fellow at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., will deliver the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science.

The lecture, "Quantum Information Processing," will be held Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in 700 Clark Hall and is free and open to the public.

CEAA features Young, Fischell

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 27: Fred M. Young '64 ME, M.Eng. '66, M.B.A. '66, president (retired), Young Radiator. "Surviving Change as a Component Supplier to Large Manufacturers"

May 4: David R. Fischell '75 EP, M.S. '78, Ph.D. '80, CEO, Angel Medical Systems Inc.,"Challenges in Bringing New Medical Devices from Concept to Reality"

Kosorok lectures in statistics seminar

The Department of Statistical Science Statistics Seminars are held weekly on Wednesdays in 406 Malott Hall at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments are served following the seminar in 301 Malott.

Apr 20: Michael R. Kosorok , professor of statistics and biostatistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Monte Carlo inference for semiparametric models"

Changes in operating hours for Mattin's Cafe

Cornell Dining plans the following changes to operating hours at Mattin's Cafe in Duffield Hall to accommodate summer and holiday schedules:

May 6, Slope Day - closing at 2 p.m.
May 30, Memorial Day - closed
July 4, Independence Day - Closed

Beginning May 21, daily hours for the cafe will change to 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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