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Volume 8, Issue 22
July 12, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. T. Michael Duncan, CBE, and Prof. Matt Miller, MAE, have been selected to receive the 2005-2006 James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Awards for Excellence in Advising First Year Students.

Prof. Chris Ober, MSE, was recently invited to join the Science Advisory Board of the Plastics Electronics Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts the Plastic Electronics Conference and Showcase, an annual event for representatives from science and industry to gather and discuss topics and themes of common interest in organic electronics.

Asst. Prof Mason Peck, MAE, has received a $400,000 grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) to study the possibility of accelerating a spacecraft in Earth orbit using only electrostatic charge and interactions with the Earth's magnetic field. The two-year grant will fund a combination of theoretical and experimental work in collaboration with SUNY Binghamton and other researchers at Cornell, including Prof. Joe Burns, TAM, and Prof. Mike Kelley, ECE. Peck also received one of the small number of grants awarded this year by NIAC for revolutionary aeronautics and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions. The one-year grant will fund a study of in-orbit assembly of modular spacecraft with non-contacting, flux-pinned interfaces.

Grad student Mark Foster, AEP, has received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. The IBM fellowship program is an annual worldwide competition that honors exceptional PhD. students in focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation.

New college research brochure and video distributed

Copies of the new college research brochure, Research without Boundaries, are being distributed to schools and departments, along with a DVD of the college video, Accelerating Innovation. These materials are part of a series of publications and communications developed to increase the visibility of the college. Supplies of the research brochure are available in each school and department office. Additional copies of the DVD and previously distributed Engineering Facts 2006 brochure may be obtained from the dean's office. (Please contact the dean's office receptionist at 5-4326.)

Faculty members to visit from Tsinghua

Two members of the faculty of Tsinghua University, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China -- Dr. Qianchuan Zhao, Department of Automation, and Dr. Xiaoyan Zhu, Department of Computer Science -- will join the Engineering community for the fall semester. Zhu, whose work focuses on intelligent information processing of biomedical literature, will be a visiting professor in the Department of Computer Science hosted by Assoc. Prof. Claire Cardie. Zhao, whose research interests include discrete event dynamic systems, theory and applications, optimization of complex systems, and wireless sensor networks, will be a Visiting Professor, will be a visiting professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted by Prof. Lang Tong.

Faculty committee election results announced

College of Engineering faculty members were elected to the following committees:

University Appeals Panel
Term: 2006-2011
  Alex Gaeta, AEP

Academic Integrity Hearing Board
Term: 2006-2009
  Subrata Mukherjee, TAM
  Paul Steen, CBE

College Grievance Committee
Term: 2006-2009
  Harry Stewart, CEE
  Kenneth Torrance, MAE

Kavli hosts electron microscopy workshop

On the thirtieth anniversary of the first Cornell workshop in analytical electron microscopy and Prof. John Silcox's forty-fifth anniversary at Cornell, the Kavli Institute at Cornell is hosting a workshop in electron microscopy July 16-20 at the Statler Hotel.

Although registration has closed for meals and evening events, members of the Cornell community may attend morning talks that are of interest.

View the workshop schedule online:

"From Dust to Planets" symposium honors Burns

A symposium titled "From Dust to Planets" will be held on campus July 28-29 to honor Vice Provost for Physical Sciences and Engineering and TAM Prof. Joe Burns on his 65th birthday. Topics include interplanetary dust, planetary rings, the dynamics of asteroids, discovering outer planet satellites, and the mysteries of Saturn's two-faced satellite Iapetus. In keeping with Burns's broad interests the symposium will include updates on organic material in the outer solar system as well as on the neuromechanics of swimming in lampreys.

For more information and to register:

Eastman Conference to be held August 2-4

The 2006 Lester Eastman Conference on High Performance Devices will be held on campus August 2-4. Sponsors include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The keynote speaker will be Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation.

For more information:

JumpStart R&D grants expanded for 2006

The Central New York Technology Development Organization is again partnering with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) to connect Central New York businesses with the JumpStart Grant program. JumpStart helps fund and create initial collaboration between industrial partners and university researchers. Using funds from the New York State Office for Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), the program encourages the discovery process by matching cash and in-kind support from company recipients for projects of up to $15,000 of total value. Project funding covers resources such as faculty and their research staff, facilities services, and materials.

Three NYSTAR Centers -- the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center at Binghamton University; the Center for Future Energy Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and the Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise -- will also participate, significantly broadening the range of technology resources.

Eligible companies should submit their applications by July 21 for 2006 fall semester projects; recipients will be selected in August.

For more information and to apply:

CCMR offers poster printing

CCMR Computing has two new Kodak 1200i 60-inch poster printers online, one in Thurston Hall and one in Clark Hall. Both are accessible via the web and can be used by anyone with a valid net id and university account number.

For more information:

Event showcases educational opportunities for staff

The Office of Human Resources and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions are pleased to announce the eighth annual Staff Educational Exploration Day (S.E.E.D.) to be held on Wednesday, July 19. All staff members are invited to stop by G10 Biotech any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about educational opportunities available to Cornell staff members, both on campus and in the surrounding local communities. A preliminary listing of the career development workshops and on-line courses to be offered next year will be available. The event will also feature door prizes, lunch specialist, and a book exchange.

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