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Volume 8, Issue 1
August 10, 2005

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Workshop for Engineering faculty

Faculty members are encouraged to attend a workshop titled "Effective teaching for new engineering faculty" to be presented by Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, and Dr. Rebecca Brent, President of Education Designs, Inc. The workshop will be held 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 15, in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. R.S.V.P. to Cindy Pakkala ( or 255-8240 to reserve a space.

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Faculty awards and honors

Three assistant professors in Engineering -- Alyssa Apsel, ECE; Hod Lipson, MAE; and Abraham Stroock, CBE -- were recently selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 11th annual Frontiers of Engineering program. In addition, Assoc. Prof. Kelvin Lee, CBE, is an organizer of the event. The three-day event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The symposium will be held Sept. 22-24 at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y.

Science Spectrum magazine has named Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, as one of the top minorities in science today. The honorees represent outstanding Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American, and African American professionals in a science field "whose work on the job and in the community extends throughout and beyond their industry." Kornegay has also received notification that he will receive a 2005-06 IBM Faculty Award for his research in support of "On-Chip Jitter Measurement."

Prof. Adrian Lewis, ORIE, has received an Outstanding Paper Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The prizes are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. Papers are selected for their originality and their effectiveness in offering a fresh look at an existing field or exploring new areas of applied mathematics. Lewis's paper, published in the SIAM Journal on Optimization in 2002, is titled "Active Sets, Nonsmoothness, and Sensitivity."

Assoc. Prof. Kelvin Lee, CBE, is the new director of Cornell's Institute for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Technologies. The institute promotes research, education, and technology transfer to benefit the Life Sciences industries, including agriculture and medicine.

Prof. Phil Liu, CEE, delivered the "Sears Lecture" on August 9 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, sponsored by the WHOI Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program. His talk was titled "The Great Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean."

Engineering faculty elected to committees

The following College of Engineering faculty members were recently elected to university committees:

University Appeals Panel
Term 2005-2010
Sheila Hemami, ECE
Dexter Kozen, CS

Academic Integrity Hearing Board
Term 2005-2008
Robert Bland, ORIE
Matthew Miller, MAE

Faculty Advisory Committee on Tenure Appointments (FACTA)
Term 2005-2007
Mircea Grigoriu, CEE

Recent personnel changes in Engineering

Jo-Lynn Buchanan, on staff in Engineering since 1993, has left Engineering Co-Op & Career Services to begin a new position at the CALS Career Development Office in Roberts Hall. Buchanan will assist with training of student peer advisors, compiling annual Post Graduate Survey reports, and other administrative duties, including assisting with some aspects of the Ag School's on-campus recruitment process.

Julie Delay, administrative director in MSE, will join the central college staff as director of human resources. Prior to MSE, Delay was the associate bursar in Cornell's Office of the Bursar and assistant director of administration and finance in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Delay holds a Master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell. She will continue to assist MSE through the search process for her successor, so she begins as HR director in the college this week in a part-time capacity.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Lara Estroff who joined the faculty this summer. She is the first faculty member to be hired in the College of Engineering as part of the New Life Sciences Initiative within Cornell.

Shawn Felton will be leaving Engineering Admissions to become the senior Associate Director of Admissions/ Communications Director for the Undergraduate Admissions Office here at Cornell. Felton has been with the college for two years, and has Been involved in overseeing URM hosting programs, in the admissions communications program, and in traveling on behalf of the College and University to all regions of the United States.

June Losurdo will be joining the College of Engineering on August 15 in a new position, assistant director of development. Losurdo is completing her work as centennial director in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, having joined CALS in March 2004. Prior to coming to Cornell, she was the community executive for the American Cancer Society in Ithaca. Losurdo also has fundraising and event management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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