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Volume 8, Issue 18
April 19, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Mark Psiaki, MAE, has been selected to receive the 2006 Burka Award from the Institute of Navigation. The award is in recognition of the best technical article having appeared in NAVIGATION, the institute's quarterly journal, in the last year. Psiaki's winning paper is titled, "A Comparison of Direct Radio Frequency Sampling and Conventional GNSS Receiver Architectures." The award will be presented at the IEEE/ION PLANS meeting, later this month in San Diego. In other news, Psiaki was promoted to full professor effective April 1.

Assoc. Prof. Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, has been chosen by Cornell's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women to receive a 2006 Cook Award. The Cook Awards honor students, faculty, and staff members for their commitment to women's issues and for improving the climate for women at Cornell. The awards are named in honor of Constance E. Cook, Cornell's first woman vice president, and the late Professor Emerita Alice H. Cook, founding member of the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and a long standing faculty member at the ILR School.

Prof. Nicholas Zabaras, MAE, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The grade of Fellow recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Zabaras's nomination was sponsored by Prof. Subrata Mukherjee, TAM.

Denine King '07 won first place in the Undergraduates in Science and Technical Research poster competition at the 32nd annual National Society of Black Engineers conference held in Pittsburgh recently. The competition featured 38 students from 6 different regions. King's research topic is "The Exploration of Intracellular Antibody Therapy for the Treatment of Traditionally Challenging Diseases." She currently works as an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Asst. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE.

Engineering conference scheduled for April 20-22

The annual engineering conference sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association will be held on-campus April 20-22, immediately following the spring meeting of the Engineering College Council. The conference theme is "Accelerating Innovation: Bringing Emerging Technologies to the Marketplace." The program features alumni speakers who are leading innovation in corporations including Verizon, Nokia, Motorola, Xerox, GE, and Ford, as well as our own faculty members and students.

Engineering faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend any of the conference sessions of interest; there is no charge to attend (except for meals). Many alumni attend this annual conference, and it is a good chance for networking.

To see the complete agenda (choose "conference" from the menu at the top):

Call for nominations for TR35

Technology Review magazine is now seeking nominations for the 2006 TR35 awards (formerly the TR100), recognizing the world's top young innovators.

The awards span a wide range of technologies, from biotech, arts and entertainment, and software development, to semiconductors, transportation, energy, and new materials research. TR is searching for individuals who will be under age 35 as of October 1, 2006, and whose superb technical work holds great promise to shape the next decades. Their goal is to recognize the development of new technologies or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems--to reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large, not just to peers in a particular field or industry.

Nominate candidates using the online form on the TR website; deadline is April 24:

GPS group deciphers Galileo code

Cornell's GPS group in MAE and ECE is the first to decipher and publish pseudo-random number codes for navigation signals from GIOVE-A, which is the initial prototype spacecraft of Europe's new Galileo system. Project participants include Mark L. Psiaki, Todd E. Humphreys, Shan Mohiuddin, Steven P. Powell, Paul M. Kintner Jr., and Alex P. Cerruti.

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Sansalone named dean at Washington U

Prof. Mary Sansalone, CEE, will become dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1. A faculty member at Cornell since 1987, she earned her Ph.D. in structural engineering from Cornell the previous year. In 1999, she earned a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Save the date for GDIAC showcase

The Game Design Initiative at Cornell is planning its annual spring showcase of computer games and game technology. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 10, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 361 Upson Hall (the new CSUG Lab). The event is free and open to the public. Director David Schwartz promises an exciting time: "We have nearly 80 students this semester, including several community youth interns!"

Call for awards to be listed in Chronicle

In case you missed the announcement in the April 13 issue: The Cornell Chronicle will publish, in the May 25 edition, the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or academic department awards for the 2005-06 academic year. This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, see last year's list: (page 14)

Submission instructions updated May 8: Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials -- listing the names of the awards, the award winners, and prizes (if applicable) -- online at The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 8.

Patt to speak on "Education: Any Questions?"

On Monday, April 24, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall, Dr. Yale Patt, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on Education: Any Questions? He will address topics such as "High Tech: the Enemy of Education"; "Intro to Computing: The CORRECT Approach"; "Ten Commandments of Good Teaching," and more. Members of the Engineering community are encouraged to attend.

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ELI presents undergraduate research poster session

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend the Spring 2006 Engineering Learning Initiatives Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duffield atrium.

This event will feature the work of those students who received College of Engineering undergraduate research awards this past year. With a number of outstanding participants on the program, the event will illuminate the breadth and depth of undergraduate research in Cornell Engineering.

Light refreshments will be served.

New RGS director joins Engineering staff

Jeff Newman joined the college on Monday, April 17, as the director of Research and Graduate Studies. Newman is relocating to Ithaca from Fairport, NY. His experience spans industry, law, and not-for-profit research and development, and most recently includes roles as legal counsel and director of intellectual property and business arrangements at Infotonics, a non-profit collaborative research center. He is a Cornell alumus and received his J.D from the University of Texas Law School.

Guest lectures open to the engineering community

Engineering Management Lecture, 110 Hollister Hall
4:30 p.m., Apr 19: Ken Arnold '63 CE: "Key Lessons Learned By An Engineering Entrepreneur"

Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 255 Olin Hall
3:35 p.m., Apr 26: Ron Ribitzky, M.D., senior healthcare strategist, Digital Health Group, Intel Massachusetts: "Frontiers and Future in Healthcare I.T."

CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar, 101 Phillips Hall, refreshments at 4:15.
4:30 p.m., Apr 26: Charles S. Brown Jr. '72 ChE, M.Eng. '73, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Eastman Kodak Company: "Intellectual Property: Protecting Competitive Assets"

Mattin's Cafe to close early May 5

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium will close early, at 3 p.m., on May 5, which is Slope Day. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Thur and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri.

Summer hours for the cafe, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be in effect from May 19 through Aug 23.

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