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Volume 7, Issue 9
December 1, 2004

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Faculty and student awards and honors

Ian Bell '06 ME, received the best student paper award at the 6th Gustav Lorentzen Conference of the International Institute of Refrigeration held Aug 29-Sep 1 in Glasgow, Scotland, for his paper titled "Performance Increase of Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Cycle with the addition of Parallel Compression Economising." Bell is a junior in mechanical engineering; his advisor is Prof. Frank Moon, MAE.

Prof. Mircea Grigoriu, CEE, was awarded the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania, in October.

Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, is the recipient of the 2004 Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers. This award, which will be presented at the 8th Annual Golden Torch Awards Ceremony in Boston in March, recognizes an active classroom collegiate faculty member with demonstrated commitment to advancing education in engineering, science and mathematics.

A paper by CEE's Prof. Phil Liu, "Oscillatory Flows over a Permeable Wavy Boundary," co-authored with S.-C. Hsiao, has been selected for the best paper prize by the Chinese Society of Mechanics. Hsiao, a former Ph.D. student of Liu's, will accept the award during the 28th Annual National Conference of Mechanics in Taipei on December 3.

Prof. Christine Shoemaker, CEE, is the 2004 Feng Distinguished Lecturer for the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Massachusetts. She has been selected as the "2004 Dale Meredith Lecturer in Water Resources" at SUNY Buffalo, which is designated as an official inaugural event accompanying the inauguration of the new university president.

Prof. Lang Tong, ECE, has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE. This is awarded to less than one-tenth of a percent of the IEEE membership each year, and represents one of the highest honors that IEEE can bestow. Tong is being recognized for contributions to statistical signal processing for communications and wireless networks.

Engineering alumnus tapped for Rhodes Scholarship

Damany Gibbs '03 ORIE of Barbados has won one of two 2004 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarships. During his undergraduate career at Cornell, Gibbs, now an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, served as treasurer and program coordinator of the National Society of Black Engineers. Also at Cornell he worked with the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program (SEO), a non-profit that provides mentoring services, career programs, and financial education to black students and communities; he continues his work with SEO as an alumnus.

Reuleaux collection receives historic designation

The Cornell University Collection of Reuleaux Kinematic Models has been identified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International History and Heritage Program as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. ASME will present a plaque to Cornell at a dedication ceremony on Thursday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Dwight C. Baum Atrium of Duffield Hall. The public is invited.

Computer game design showcase set for Dec 7

Would you like to play some games and learn how students research game technology? Cornell engineering, art, writing, communication, and music students have created some amazing works this semester. The Game Design Initiative at Cornell University will showcase student work on Tuesday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in 315 Upson.

This event is free and open to the campus and community.

For more information, read the announcement online:

or visit the project website:

CEAA seminar series features Jessel

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

Dec 2: Peter G. Jessel, adjunct professor, ECE, Cornell University, "Managing Technological Change in Today's Corporations "

Cornell United Way Campaign 2004

United Way pledge cards were distributed in October. If you've not yet responded, please take a moment to do so before the winter break. For more information on the Cornell United Way Campaign, please see the web site:

Reminder: BOOM '05 project submission

Project submission for BOOM 2005 (Bits On Our Minds), an annual event hosted by Computing and Information Science, is now underway. 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 e-mail

Reminder: Mattin's Caf�© has extended hours

Hours at Mattin's Caf'© in the Duffield Hall atrium are being extended on a trial basis. Until December 17, 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: Closed
Jan 03-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.

Reminder: 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 for award and application information.

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.