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Volume 7, Issue 21
June 15, 2005

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President Lehman's resignation

As we have all heard, Jeff Lehman is resigning as president of Cornell University effective June 30. President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings will serve as interim president until a new president is named.

I am saddened by Jeff's departure, but I know that Hunter's leadership will ensure stability and a seamless transition to the next president when that selection is made.

I also know that the College of Engineering is strongly positioned to continue our focus on leadership in research and excellence in education. I do not believe that this news puts our initiatives in jeopardy; we plan to proceed at full speed toward achieving the goals of our strategic plan:

If any of you have particular questions or concerns, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

--Kent Fuchs, Dean of Engineering

Faculty awards and honors

Asst. Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, MAE, will serve a four-year term as a member of the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health. Valero-Cuevas was nominated for his demonstrated competence and achievement in his scientific discipline.

Asst. Prof. David Putnam, BME and CBE, has been named a recipient of an Early Career Translational Research Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation for his work on the design and synthesis of new biomaterials. His research, performed in collaboration with Dr. Dix Poppas, MD at the Weill Cornell Medical College, focuses on developing new ways to prevent postoperative tissue adhesions.

At their recent meeting, the Cornell Board of Trustees elected Prof. James R. Engstrom, CBE, to an endowed chair. He will be the BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Professor for a five-year term effective July 1, 2005.

Facilities director named

Amy Ritter will join the college this summer as director of facilities. Ritter's experience includes laboratory design, construction and renovation project management, mechanical and structural design, and code and environmental impact assessment in both the private and public sectors. She has worked in the facilities organization at Cornell for five years, most recently as the project manager for Duffield Hall construction. She has been an extremely effective advisor to and advocate for the faculty, staff, and administration of the college.

Ritter is currently involved in the schematic design and code review for the Physical Sciences Facility Project, in which AEP will be an occupant. She will therefore begin her work in the college in mid-July when the schematic design phase is complete.

Support available for short courses

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is looking for opportunities to collaborate with College of Engineering faculty members to develop credit and non-credit courses and programs to be offered on campus, by distance, and at locations anywhere in the world. For more information about the logistical services and financial support that are available from Continuing Education, please contact Bud Jermy,, 5-7393.

Summer study group in statistics

For Algebraists, Statisticians and Computational Biologists: Are you interested in joining an informal group that will attempt to digest at least the first four chapters of the recent book, Algebraic Statistics for Computational Biology, edited by B. Sturmfels and L. Pachter

This is a summer group that will meet about once a week or so. The goals are modest and the pace will be very slow. Members will strive to deeply understand the material by borrowing from each other's strengths.

For more information, contact Raazesh Sainudiin, Dept. of Statistical Science,

The book is available as a free download:

Reserving the E-quad and other outdoor spaces

The Engineering Quad is now available for special events. Scheduling for the Quad and other college outdoor spaces is coordinated through the Engineering Registrar's office. All outdoor events require the completion of a "Use of University Property" (UUP) form. Information regarding the UUP process as well as a reservation form for requesting outdoor space can be found online:

Online Quad Reservation form

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.