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Volume 9, Issue 3
September 6, 2006

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Engineering Fall Faculty Reception set for Sep 25

The College of Engineering Fall Faculty Reception will be held on Monday, September 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at PRI's Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd. (Route 96).

Engineering faculty members are cordially invited to attend; their guests, including children, are welcome. Cornell President David Skorton is scheduled to attend.

Symposium to honor Professor Ruoff

On Monday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a symposium honoring Prof. Arthur L. Ruoff on the occasion of his 50th anniversary at Cornell University will be held in the Statler Ballroom, given by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and organized by a committee of Prof. Ruoff's former students. Refreshments and lunch will also be served. To request a copy of the program, please contact Rielly Andrews at 255-4135 or

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Assistant professors Michal Lipson and Jose Martinez, both in ECE, received 2006 IBM Faculty Awards in recognition of the quality of their research programs and their importance to industry. The IBM Faculty Awards program is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between university researchers and IBM and to promote courseware and curriculum innovation in disciplines that are strategic to the company.

George Malliaras, associate professor in MSE and director of CNF, has been selected as a DuPont Young Professor for 2006-2008. The purpose of the Young Professor grants is to help young faculty members establish their research careers and to encourage highly original research.

Prof. Eva Tardos, chair of the Department of Computer Science, received the 2006 George B. Dantzig Prize at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston in July. The prize, established in 1979, is awarded for original research, which by its originality, breadth, and scope, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical programming. It is given every three years jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society (MPS) and SIAM.

Two ECE graduate students, Animashree Anandkumar and Parvathinathan Venkitasubramaniam, working under the direction of Prof. Lang Tong, won the Student Paper Contest at the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) held in Toulouse, France. ICASSP is the world's largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on signal processing and its applications. For information on their papers, visit the ECE web site:

College of Engineering video now online

The College of Engineering video is now available on-line. It can be found under the Explore the College page of the engineering web site at:

On the video page, viewers will find both dial-up and broadband versions of the video and a link to download a free copy of Apple's QuickTime Player. Each chapter may be played individually and there is also a play-all option.

Additional DVDs of the video and Engineering Facts 2006 brochure are also available by contacting Deborah Cox (dc43 or 5-2225).

Guest speakers and seminars

Enterprise Engineering Seminar Series
4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.)

Sep 6
Douglas Roll P.E., '81 ME, plant manager, AES Greenidge: "Comparison of the Economic and Technical Features of Fluid Bed and Spray Drier Flue Gas Desulphurization Systems"

Sep 13
C. Taylor Milner '98 ME, Stroud Consulting: "The Effects of Different Performance Analysis Measures on Incentives, Mindsets, and Behaviors"

MSE seminars
4:30 p.m., Thursdays, 140 Bard Hall (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard)

Sep 14
Prof. Jerry Floro, University of Virginia: "Heteroepitaxial quantum dots: Evolution vs. intelligent design"

Sep 21
Prof. Nicholas Abbott, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Amplification of biomolecular interactions using liquid crystals"

TAM seminars
4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 205 Thurston Hall (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)

Sep 6
Asst Prof Wei Lu, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan: "Self-organized Nanostructures and Guided Self-assembly

Sep 13
K. Jimmy Hsia, program director, CMS Division, NSF, and professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC: "Opportunities in Nano/Bio Mechanics and Emerging Frontiers"

Sundial removed for repair and upgrade

The Engineering sundial, designed by Dale R. Corson, Cornell University president emeritus and former dean of the College of the Engineering, and Richard M. Phelan, professor emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been moved temporarily from the Engineering Quadrangle for repair and upgrade. The sundial, constructed in 1980, was one of the most accurate in existence, with an error of no more than 30 seconds. The internal mechanisms that control movement of the date wheel and time scale failed in recent months. Corson and Phelan are working with Michele Conrad from the Engineering Dean's office, Bob Markes and Rodney Griffiths from the university carpenter and mason shops, Stan Carpenter and Rod Bowman in the LASSP Machine Shop, Jerry Drumheller of the CNF, and others, to plan and conduct the repair work. The sundial is expected to be returned to the quad in November.

Mattin's Cafe to close early Sep 21

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium will close early, at 5 p.m., on Thursday, September 21. The atrium will be in use at that time for the Cornell NanoScale Facility annual meeting and dinner.

Grads: Why am I on this list?

Beginning with this issue of Information Update, we are now using an updated e-mail distribution list for engineering grad students for 2006-2007 provided by the registrar's office. If you receive this newsletter but are not an engineering graduate student, please let us know by return mail if you want to be removed from the list.

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