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Volume 9, Issue 17
April 4, 2007

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Assoc. Prof. Antje Baeumner has been awarded a Humboldt Foundation fellowship that will support her research "in vivo imaging of cancer cells using nanovesicles" during her 2007-2008 sabbatical. She will be working with Professors Manz and Niemeyer in their labs at Dortmund University, Germany.

Cornell Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student Lydia Contreras was awarded first place out of approximately 60 speakers for her oral presentation at the Georgia Tech Black Graduate Student Association 2007 Symposium. Contreras's talk focused on her recent development of an intracellular ribosome display technology use for engineering super-stable synthetic antibodies.

Priska Grace '07 BEE has been awarded a full tuition fellowship from the College of Engineering to complete her M.Eng. program in BEE. The award is one of only three given each year.

Prof. John Hopcroft, CS, is a 2007 recipient of the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award. CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research.

Dan Luo, BEE, was been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor effective February, 2007.

Warhaft to receive Cook Award

Prof. Zellman Warhaft, MAE and associate dean for diversity programs, has been chosen by Cornell's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women to receive a 2007 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. Previous recipients in the College of Engineering include Professors Marjolein van der Meulen, Larry Walker, Paulette Clancy and Sheila Hemami.

Systems Engineering Day set for April 19

The Cornell Systems Engineering Program is hosting the 9th annual Cornell Systems Engineering Day on Thursday, April 19, in McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall. The emphasis this year will be on Measuring the Impact of Systems Engineering, featuring a keynote address by Sarah Sheard, principal, Third Millennium Systems.

For more information or to make your reservation, contact:

Anitra Douglas

Desai is Cornell Engineering's first Luce Scholar

Sachin Desai, M.Eng. '07, has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation. He is the first engineering student from Cornell to win this award.

The purpose of the Luce Scholars Program to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. It provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia for a year. Luce Scholars have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

The Luce Foundation, along with the Asia Foundation, will craft an internship opportunity unique to Desai's background and interests. He plans to work in China. Currently he is a team lead on Cornell University's Satellite Team (CUSat), a 100-member team designing and constructing a satellite mission in a two-year-long competition sponsored by NASA and the Air Force. He has conducted research for the Cornell Formula SAE Team and at Sandia National Laboratories.

Cornell hosts Upstate NY ASCE Student Conference

Engineering students will visit Cornell April 13-14 for the Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Student Conference, which will feature steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions.

All are invited to the competitions starting at 8 a.m. in Lynah Rink. Winners of the canoe contest will advance to nationals at the University of Washington, Seattle; bridge winners will compete nationally at California State University at Northridge.

There will be aesthetics judging, bridge testing, and canoes racing. A sponsor showcase/networking event Saturday evening with a participant banquet/awards dinner will conclude the conference Saturday night.

New course on human disease and treatment

New next fall, BME 411, Science and Technology Approaches to Problems in Human Health, will provide an in-depth look at diseases that affect human health along with current scientific research and engineering that is aimed at addressing these problems. Faculty from the Weill Cornell Medical College will discuss health problems they are unable to treat as well as they would like, then faculty from the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell will discuss current research aimed at better understanding disease process, developing new treatment strategies, and improving patient outcomes. The course is particularly appropriate for students considering medical school or careers in biomedical science and engineering. The three-credit course will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:25 to 2:40 p.m., and is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. (Sophomores require permission of the instructor to register.)

Guest speakers and seminars

  • EAS Seminar
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:15 in Snee Hall Reading Room)

    Apr 4
    Prof. Don Fisher, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University: "Forearc Deformation Along Erosive Convergent Margins: Central America and Japan"

    April 18, 2007
    Prof. Ron Amundson, Division of Ecosystem Sciences, University of California at Berkeley:"Multi-Million Year Effects of Hyperaridity on Landscape Evolution and Geochemistry in the Atacama Desert of Chile,"

  • Energy Seminar Series
  • Apr 11, 4:30 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
    John Hofmeister, president, Shell Oil Company: "How the U.S. Can Ensure Energy Supply for the Future"

      This talk is a joint presentation for the Energy Seminar Series and the CEAA Enterprise Engineering Colloquium.

    Apr 18, 11:15 a.m., Barnes Hall Auditorium
    Andrew N. Liveris, chairman, president, and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company: "Energy, Sustainability and Competitive Advantage"

      Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, the Energy Seminar Series, and the departments of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. The lecture is in honor of the late Herbert D. (Ted) Doan '49 (former President of Dow Chemical Company) and the late Prof. Raymond G. Thorpe '47.

  • Julian C. Smith Lectures

    4:00 p.m., 255 Olin Hall,
    School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Featuring Carol K. Hall, Camille Dreyfus Professor, North Carolina State
    (Reception precedes each lecture at 3:15 in 128 Olin Hall.)

    Apr 16
    "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases: A Chemical Engineer's Perspective"

    Apr 17
    "Self Assembly of Dipolar Particles: Designing Smart Materials Using Computer Simulation"

  • MAE Colloquium Series

    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
    (Refreshments at 4:15p.m. in Upson Lounge

    Apr 10, B11 Kimball
    Assoc. Prof. Oleg Vasilyev, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder: "Stochastic Coherent Adaptive Large Eddy Simulation (SCALE) Methodology"

    Apr 11, B17 Upson (special date)
    Dr. Yingxin Gao, University of Michigan: "The Role of Extracellular Matrix in Lateral Transmission of Force in Skeletal Muscle"

  • MSE Seminar Series
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard)
  • Apr 5
    Prof. Leonard Feldman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University: "Vibrational Dynamics and Bond Breaking of H-Silicon

    Apr 13, 3:00 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall (special date/time)
    Astronaut Donald A. Thomas, NASA: topic to be announced
    Refreshments will precede the seminar at 2:30 p.m. outside Phillips 101.

    Apr 19
    Prof. Ian Robertson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois: "The Transmission Electron Microscope as an Experimental Laboratory - Status, Future Directions and Examples of Application"

  • TAM Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)
  • Apr 4
    Assoc Prof. Xi Chen, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University: "Mechanisms of Gating of Mechanosensitive Channels of Large Conductance (MscL)"

    Apr 11
    Prof. Perry Leo, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota: "Elastic inclusion problems in multi-phase materials"

    Staffing updates

    Caroline Brockner (, 255-2770) has joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations as corporate assistant. She earned her BA in English language arts and media studies/communication from Hunter College in 2004. She has worked at Cornell for the past two years as the senior editorial assistant for Psychological Science, a top-ranking psychology trade journal of the Association for Psychological Sciences. Brockner will play a key role in coordinating corporate visits to campus, researching corporate prospects, and tracking and stewardship of corporate relationships.

    Heidi Doroghazi (, 255-4326) joined the college staff on March 26 as receptionist and administrative assistant in the Engineering Dean's office. Doroghazi is a 2006 graduate from Michigan State University in advertising and most recently worked at the Ithaca Journal as an account executive.

    Yoanna Ferrara (, 255-0976) is the new assistant director in the office of Research and Graduate Studies; she joined the staff on April 2. She was previously a divisional officer at Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary, where she initiated and supervised a wide range of programs in student services administration and enrollment management. Ferrara holds an MA in public relations and a BA in library and information sciences from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

    Bring a Child to Work Day set for April 26

    Cornell's Office of Human Resources will be hosting the 11th annual Bring a Child to Work Day in conjunction with the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work event. Bring a Child to Work Day will take place on Cornell's campus Thursday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year's national theme will be "Revolutionizing the Workplace" and will provide an opportunity for children between the ages of 8 and 16 to explore career options as well as opportunities for them to think about how their future work, home and community life fit together.

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