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Volume 7, Issue 8
November 17, 2004

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Tenure appointments announced

The Cornell Board of Trustees has elected the following Engineering faculty members to appointments with indefinite tenure, effective November 1, 2004:

Lance R. Collins, MAE, (already Professor)
Fernando A. Escobedo, CBE, promotion to Associate Professor
Eric J. Friedman, ORIE (already Associate Professor
Amit Lal, ECE (already Associate Professor)
George G. Malliaras, MSE, promotion to Associate Professor
Andrew C. Myers, CS, promotion to Associate Professor
Z. Jane Wang, TAM, promotion to Associate Professor

Stedinger to be honored in Saudi Arabia

Prof. Jery Stedinger, CEE, will receive The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize For Water (Surface Water Branch) for his work in effective flood-control methods. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at King Saud University in Riyadh on Dec 5.

The Abdulaziz Prize is an international award bestowed in each of five areas (branches) related to water resources and consists of a monetary award in the amount of 500,000 Saudi Riyals (about US$ 133,000), a gold medallion, and a certificate signed by the chairman of the Prize Council (His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz), bearing the name of the recipient and a summary description of his achievement in the field of the prize

Pope named vice chair of APS division

Prof. Steve Pope, MAE, been elected vice chair of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS/DFD). In subsequent years he will serve as chair-elect and then chair of the division. The APS/DFD is the principal professional organization for physicists and engineers working in the field of fluid dynamics.

Felder to present Effective Teaching workshop

Join Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese professor emeritus of chemical engineering at NCSU and nationally recognized speaker, on Thursday and Friday, January 20-21, 2005, for his highly acclaimed sessions on effective college teaching and mentoring of new faculty. Effective College Teaching will be offered as a one-and-a-half day seminar: all day Thursday and Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, Felder will do a session on mentoring new faculty, which is open to senior faculty/mentors and new faculty. Felder was here in 2000 and received great reviews from the large group of faculty who attended his workshop; you can also find evaluations from his previous programs on the "workshops" portion of his website:

Felder's visit is co-sponsored by Assoc. Prof. Sheila Hemami, ECE, as part of her NSF-funded grant, "Workshop Series on Starting Successful Faculty Careers" and by Dean Kent Fuchs. All faculty members are invited. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Provost's Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Provost's Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Program seeks to increase the number of scholars who will contribute to academic diversity and excellence at Cornell University and in American higher education by providing a two- year research, teaching, and mentoring experience. Promising scholars who have been historically underrepresented in higher education (including but not limited to African American, American Indian, and Hispanic/Latino) are encouraged to apply. Fellows will devote their time to research and will teach one course a year.

The application deadline is January 15, 2005. Please see the PDF file below for award and application information.

Grand opening: Research Connection @ Duffield

The Engineering Library invites you to the grand opening today (Nov 17) of the Research Connection @ Duffield Hall. The Research Connection is a kiosk staffed by Cornell reference librarians in Duffield's north atrium. It is open to all members of the Cornell community: faculty, staff, and students.

Today's grand opening includes a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., remarks by Engineering Dean Kent Fuchs and University Librarian Sarah Thomas at 2:15 p.m., and a Duffield Hall tour at 2:30 p.m.

Research Connection hours:

Monday, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Research Connection, check the Engineering Library web site:

Lund 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.

Nov 17: Robert Lund, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, "A Random Walk Through Climate Change"

CEAA seminar series features Boehringer

Engineering in the Real World, a seminar series sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA), is held on Thursdays in 101 Phillips Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Nov 18: Jack Boehringer, B.M.E. '52, president of Boehringer Laboratories, "Guerilla Manufacturing: How to Survive and Grow Competing Against the Giants"

Snake Arm Team places first in competition

In September, the Cornell Snake Arm Team team competed and won first place overall in the 2004 student competition of ASME Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in Salt Lake City.

The Cornell Snake Arm Team is an interdisciplinary group of MAE, ECE, CS, and Systems Engineering undergrads and grad students who are committed to the development and enhancement of "Snake Arm" technology, a multi-segmented robotic arm that can maneuver through complex environments. Like a real snake that can twist and bend through narrow space, the robotic Snake Arm must intelligently adapt to its surroundings without any human assistance. Examples of Snake Arm's applications include defusing bombs, performing surgery, and providing aircraft maintenance.

BOOM '05 project submission begins in December

Project submission for BOOM 2005 (Bits On Our Minds), an annual event hosted by Computing and Information Science, will begin in December. The organizing committee invites all Engineering faculty to encourage their students to submit a project for this exciting showcase of student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. It's a great opportunity for students to show off their work, as the event is attended by many prestigious visitors and faculty from across campus. BOOM '05 will be held March 9 in a new venue: the Duffield Hall atrium. The event is expected to attract a record number of attendees - please encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity.

For more information:, or email

An inside look at NASCAR

Exactly what does it take to manage a NASCAR racing team? How do you design a car with 800 horses under the hood? Kodak is hosting a breakfast followed by consecutive sessions on "Team Cohesion" and "Design Process," led by members of the Penske Racing #77 team on November 30, 9 a.m until noon in the Statler Amphitheater. Space is limited, so please rsvp to Clarissa Dhliwayo in Engineering Corporate and Foundation Relations if you are interested in attending.

Shumway named associate director of advising

Fran Shumway, an associate director of Engineering Admissions, will be moving across the street to become an associate director in the Engineering Advising Office. It is a homecoming of sorts; Shumway worked for Advising for several years before she joined the Admissions staff, where her responsibilities have included overseeing the transfer and women's hosting programs.

Congratulations to Fran and best wishes in her continuing career with Cornell Engineering.

Mattin's Café will test extended hours

Hours at Mattin's Café in the Duffield Hall atrium are being extended on a trial basis. For a period of 4 weeks, the eatery, open Monday through Friday, will be open 2 hours later in the evenings, until 7 p.m.

Nov 29-Dec 17
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

A reduced holiday schedule will then be in effect:

Dec 20-Dec 23
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dec 24-Dec 31

Jan 3-Jan 21
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

On Monday, January 23, Mattin's Cafe will resume regular hours, which may incorporate the extended schedule if the trial period is successful.

Grads: Why am I on this list?

Beginning with this issue of Information Update, we are now using an updated e-mail distribution list for engineering grad students for 2004-2005 provided by the registrar's office. If you receive this newsletter but are not an engineering graduate student, please let us know by return mail if you want to be removed from the list.

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