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Volume 8, Issue 13
February 8, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Computer Science Ph.D. student Filip Radlinski is the recipient of a two-year Microsoft Research Fellow award. Radlinski works with Asst. Prof. Thorsten Joachims. For more information:

Prof. Fred Kulhawy, CEE, has been selected by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers as the recipient of the 2006 Gene Wilhoite Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award.

Asst. Prof. David Putnam, BME and CBE, has been awarded a DuPont Science and Engineering Award to support his work in the area of functional biomaterials as well as his role in developing new teaching methods for interdisciplinary courses.

Leslie Banks-Sills, adjunct professor in CEE at Cornell and professor of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Systems, Tel Aviv University, has been awarded the Hanin Prize for Research from The Technion, Israel, to be presented at the 46th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences in March. The prize reocgnizes Banks-Sills's work in "Accurate Methods for Calculating Stress Intensity Factors."

Course evaluations to be available online

Since 1985, the Engineering College course evaluation form has had this sentence on it: "A numerical summary of these answers will be available to faculty, students, and administrators." The directors and chairs of the schools and departments in the college discussed the issue of making course evaluations available and decided to put them on the web. They will be placed on the web on March 1. Please note two points:

1. Comments will NOT be put on the website, only the numerical summaries.

2. Only people with a Cornell netid--faculty, students, and staff--will have access to the course evaluations.

If you have comments on this, please email David Gries at

EAS administrative team members announced

The following individuals have been selected for the EAS administrative team based in Snee Hall.

Linda Hall (administrative assistant and receptionist) has five years of administrative experience in the College of Engineering, including a year with EAS which acquainted her with many EAS students and faculty.

Amy Colvin (finance coordinator) brings accounting expertise gained through fifteen years at Cornell. Colvin has worked in other departments that have dual-college status and therefore has experience not only with Engineering systems but also with those in CALS, A&S, and CIS.

Jeanne Boodley-Buchanan (facilities coordinator) is new to Cornell. Boodley-Buchanan has extensive experience in project, program, and construction management, as well as in design. She will work afternoons only.

These individuals join Lynda Swafford, office coordinator and chair's assistant; Elena Welch, graduate/undergraduate program coordinator; and Steve Gallow, who manages computer operations; to complete the EAS administrative team.

Higgins named assistant dean in Human Ecology

Craig Higgins, director of administration in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been promoted within Cornell as he will assume the position of assistant dean for finance and administration in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell. Higgins will begin his new position on March 20. Transition planning and a search for his successor is underway.

BOOM '06 project submission underway

Project submission for BOOM 2006 (Bits On Our Minds), an annual event hosted by Computing and Information Science, is now underway. Engineering faculty members are asked 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 '06 will be held March 8 in the Duffield Hall atrium, 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information:, or e-mail

Enterprise Engineering features Mazzei, Berger

Every Wednesday afternoon during the semester, the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) cosponsors the Enterprise Engineering Seminar, a class that is open to all and features engineering alumni who discuss their experiences in business and industry. Refreshments are at 4:15 p.m. and class is at 4:30 p.m. in Philips 101

Feb 8: Chris Mazzei '95 ORIE, director, Americas Strategy, Ernst & Young: "An engineer's role in corporate strategy: Helping the organization make better decisions"

Feb 15: David E. Berger '83 EE , chief enterprise architect, Ameritrade: "Business value of technology"

MSE hosts O'Hayre and Srolovitz

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments are offered at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Feb 9: Prof. Ryan O'Hayre, Stanford University: "Nanostructures for energy conversion"

Feb 16: Prof. David Srolovitz, Princeton University: "Understanding crystal growth morphology"

Fine lectures in statistics seminar

The Department of Statistical Science seminar series is offered on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served following the seminar in 301 Malott Hall.

Feb 8: Professor Jason Fine, Statistics/Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Functional regression modeling of survival processes "

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