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Volume 9, Issue 9
November 29, 2006


In this issue:


Faculty meeting to be held Monday

Engineering faculty members are reminded of the College of Engineering faculty meeting on Monday, December 4, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall.

The agenda includes:
* Engineering Curriculum Transformation Proposal
* Systems Engineering MEng Distance Learning Proposal

A reception will follow the meeting.

Background reading materials for the meeting can be found online.


Williamson named NY Professor of the Year

Prof. Charles Williamson, MAE, has been selected as the 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students. State and national award winners were honored by CASE in Washington, DC, on November 16.

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

John Abel, Professor Emeritus of CEE, was elected President of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) at the annual meeting of the association, held this year in Beijing in mid-October. The IASS is a worldwide group of structural engineers, architects, builders, and academics with an interest in lightweight and long-span structural systems such as lattice, tension, membrane, and shell structures. Abel, who begins a 3-year term in the presidency, has been one of the four vice presidents of IASS and also serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the IASS. In addition, he is chair of the organizing committee for IASS-IACM 2008, the Sixth International Conference on Computation of Shell and Spatial Structures, "Spanning Nano to Mega," to be held at Cornell, May 28-31, 2008.

Prof. Anthony R. Ingraffea, CEE, received the George R. Irwin Medal of the American Society for Testing and Materials last month in recognition of his contributions to the advanced computational simulation of fatigue and fracture processes and the resulting improved understanding necessary for practical applications of fracture mechanics to the assessment of integrity in engineering structures. This award is largely the result of collaboration with Dr. Wash Wawrzynek and Dr. Bruce Carter, Research Associates in the Cornell Fracture Group.

Clayton Meyers, a senior in Engineering Physics, won an award for best undergraduate poster at the 2006 American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting that was recently held in Philadelphia. The poster was titled, "Expansion of Single Wires with Enlarged Diameters at the Electrical Contacts." His experiments were performed using the facilities of the Cornell Center for High Energy Density Plasma Physics and the results will be the basis for his senior honors thesis.


Get ready for the game design showcase

Over sixty undergraduate and graduate students working in multi-disciplinary teams from colleges and departments across Cornell learned to design and produce digital games while enrolled in the undergraduate courses, CIS300: Digital Game Design and CIS400: Advanced Projects in Game Design. This semester also included experimental projects in CS212: Java Practicum and a collaboration with INFO640: Human-Computer Interaction Design.

The game design courses culminate with students presenting their games, discussing their research, and explaining their shared design visions in the semi-annual Game Design Showcase. Tje Showcase is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 3 to 6 p.m., in 361 Upson Hall

This event is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, in connection with Computing and Information Science, the Cornell Engineering Communications Program, and the Cornell University Library.

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Holiday hours announced for Mattin's Cafe

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium has announced the following schedule for the upcoming winter break:

7 a.m. - 8 p.m., through Dec 14
7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dec 15-22
closed, Dec 23-Jan 1
7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jan 2-17
7 a.m. - 8 p.m., beginning Jan 18

UPDATE: Mattin's will now be closed on Friday, December 22.


Guest speakers and seminars

>>BME/BEE 501 Seminar
Thursdays, 3:35 p.m., 255 Olin Hall

Nov 30
Peter Doerschuk, professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University: title TBA

>>CAM Seminar
Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 253 or 655 Rhodes Hall
Refreshments following in 657 Rhodes Hall.

Dec 1 (Rm 655)
Katya Scheinberg, research staff member, IBM: "Developing Provably Converging and Practical Methods in Derivative Free Optimization"

>>ChemE 790 Seminar
165 Olin Hall

Nov 29, 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Jerome Bibette, Laboratoire Colloides of Materiaux Divises, College of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI-Paris, France): "Some Uses of Magnetic Filaments"

Dec 6, 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Susan Daniel, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University: "Protein Mobility, Filtering, and Separation in Model Cell Membranes"

>>Computer Science Colloquium
Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall

Nov 30
Prof. H.V. Jagadish, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan: "Towards Natural Language Query for Databases"

>>EAS Seminar
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall or 1102 Bradfield
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room

Dec 6 (Snee)
Sarah Andrews, geologist, author, and teacher from Northern California: "Sherlock Holmes Was the First Forensic Geologist"

>>Energy Engineering Seminar
Thursdays, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m., 219 Phillips Hall

Nov 30
Dr. Edwin Lyman, Ph.D '92, Union of Concerned Scientists: "Recycling Spent Nuclear Fuel: Technical Challenges and Proliferation Risks"

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

Nov 29
Sankar (Sandy) Narayan, MS '77 ME, business director, 3M, Latin America and Africa, Safety, Security and Protection Services Business: "Impact of Globalization on Technology Innovation"


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