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Volume 7, Issue 6
October 20, 2004

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Teaching and advising award winners announced

Congratulations to the following 2003-2004 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching and Advising award winners:

Teaching Awards
   Beth Ahner (BEE), Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 award
   Richard Allmendinger (EAS), Sonny Yau '72 award
   John Belina (ECE), Kenneth A. Goldman '71 award
   Alfred Center (CBE), Douglas Whitney '61 award
   John Callister (MAE & ORIE), Ralph S. Watts '72 award
   Paul Carr (CEE), James and Mary Tien award
   Rich Caruana (CS), Sonny Yau '72 award
   Lance Collins (MAE), Stephen Miles '57 award
   Rachel Davidson (CEE), Dorothy G. Swanson award
   John Hopcroft (CS), Michael Tien '72 award
   Earl Kirkland (AEP), Dorothy and Fred Chau, M.S. '74 award
   Bruce Land (ECE), Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie award
   Rajit Manohar (ECE), Michael Tien '72 award
   Matthew Miller (MAE), James and Mary Tien award
   David Putnam (CBE & BME), Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker '50 award
   Monroe Weber-Shirk (CEE), Daniel M. Lazar '29 award

James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Excellence in Advising First Year Students:
   James Bartsch (BEE)
   Michael Walter (BEE

Award winners will be recognized at a luncheon at noon on November 2 in the Memorial Room of Willard Straight Hall.

Faculty grants available for undergraduate research

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce a new initiative, Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research, created to help faculty who serve as undergraduate research mentors. The goal is to encourage faculty to incorporate new undergraduate students in their research by providing financial support to help cover the costs.

Through the program, faculty members can apply for a $3,000 grant to support one or more College of Engineering undergraduate researchers who are new to their lab or research group. The grant money may be used anytime within one year of the award date. The program will be administered by Lisa Schneider, Director of Learning Initiatives for Future Engineers (LIFE).

The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 8, 2004.

Find additional information

What's new at CCMR

A new issue of the CCMR Shared Experimental Facilities Quarterly Newsletter has just been published. You can find it at

CU's Chang named Co-op Student of the Year

Engineering Cooperative Education & Career Services (ECECS) is pleased to announce that Christine Chang '05 ME has been selected as Co-op Student of the Year by the New York State Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Chang was nominated by ECECS and selected from nominations by colleges and universities statewide. The award will be presented at the organization's annual conference on October 24 in Canandaigua, and consists of a certificate/plaque, $250 cash, and all conference and hotel costs. ECECS Assistant Director Christa Downey, along with other staff members, will represent the college and introduce Chang at the time of the award. Chang completed her co-op work terms at the NASA Johnson Space Center near Houston, Texas, where she was also presented an internal award as Co-op Student of the Year.

Joos transfers to UAO

Chandra Joos, Engineering Admissions, has accepted a position in Cornell's Undergraduate Admissions Office as associate director of admissions for Upstate, Midwest, International, and Transfer.

Over the past 6 years, Joos has been involved in a wide variety of Engineering Admissions activities, including hosting programs, engineering ambassadors, and recruiting in all regions of the United States. Please join us in thanking her for her service to Cornell Engineering and wishing her the best in her new position.

A Tribute to Leo Frank set for Oct 28

On Thursday, Oct 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the HEC Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell presents a Tribute to Leo Frank, which will include a lecture by journalist Steve Oney, author of "And the Dead Shall Rise," and a talk by Professor Ted Lowi, John L. Senior Professor of American Government.

Leo Frank, a mechanical engineer in the Class of 1906, was named one of "The 100 Most Notable Cornellians" in the 2003 book by Altschuler, Kramnick, and Moore. Frank was wrongly accused of murder and lynched in Marietta, Georgia, before his innocence could be proven. The Anti Defamation League was founded in response to the anti-semitic nature of his lynching.

The tribute includes dinner with Oney at 6:15 p.m. at 104 West dining facility (to reserve a spot if you are not on meal plan, email Julie Levy, jml82)

This event is sponsored by Cornell Hillel/The Jewish Student Union, the College of Engineering, Cornell Law School, Jewish Studies, American Studies, SAFC, and the Vice Provost for Academic Programs.

Related activities:
Oct 25: 5:30 p.m., Leo Frank Exhibit Opening and Reception, WSH Art Gallery
Nov 1: 7:00 p.m., Movie Screening, The Murder of Mary Phagan, 165 McGraw
For more information, email Julia Levy, jml82

Noble joins Duffield staff

Mike Noble has recently joined the Duffield Hall staff as facility lab support associate. Noble was formerly with EIT and IBM in Endicott where he was a supervisor and technician maintaining a large industrial electronics campus with many building and environmental systems like those in use in Duffield Hall. His 16 years there included extensive experience with chemical and gas delivery systems, equipment troubleshooting, RODI water systems, sensors and controls, safety systems, hazardous waste handling, and both external and internal maintenance oversight. He has certifications in electrical design, electronics, and heating and air conditioning, and has had specialized training on emergency response, electrical codes, hazardous material/waste handling, electronic controls, and water treatment.

Noble is located in the new Building Manager's Office, Room P131, at the Duffield/Phillips dock and is the point of contact for any issues with building systems, maintenance, and services. He is also overseeing receiving, storage, and transport of chemicals and will be the person to see for card and key access to the building. His contact information is:
Office: 255-6303
Mobile: 227-5758

New dining facility open in Duffield Hall

Mattin's Café opened Friday, October 8, in Duffield Hall. Located in the main atrium, Mattin's hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For menus, payment options, and other details, see the Cornell Dining web site:

Lighting, furniture, and networking in Duffield Hall

Since the opening of Duffield Hall, feedback has been received concerning the need for more furniture, some lighting changes, and network connectivity.

Some furniture that has been ordered has not yet arrived. What was received was moved around a bit to put some furniture in each area and to better accommodate the special traffic patterns of the dedication activities. In addition, it was decided to delay some furniture orders until we were open and could get a better understanding of how the spaces would be used. There is general agreement that we need more south atrium and dining terrace seating, so these will be included in subsequent furniture orders.

Lighting programming was changed to accommodate the dedication also. This will be reprogrammed to allow atrium lighting to be controlled by photo cell to come on when dark and go off when light to conserve energy. Study alcoves will be reprogrammed on a timer so that these can be used on weeknights.

Both public wired ports and Red Rover are planned for the Duffield atria and have been requested from CIT. As soon as these are scheduled, specific plans will be communicated. At this time, there may be relatively small portions of the atria at the southwest and northeast ends that can pick up Upson and Philips (ECE) wireless access respectively.

Please continue to send feedback and questions regarding Duffield Hall to

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