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Alan Merten, former Johnson dean, dies at 78

Alan G. Merten, who served as the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management from 1989 to 1996, died May 21 in Naples, Florida, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78. Read more

Engineering students’ book celebrates 27 inspiring alumnae

Three seniors and leaders of the Society of Women Engineers’ student section at Cornell have co-authored “Wall of Wonder: Cornell Women Leading the Way in Science, Technology and Engineering,” a book that spotlights 27 alumnae and is set to publish in June. Read more

Image by Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF), a member of NNCI supported by NSF Grant NNCI-1542081

Building the New Computer

Computer engineering researchers are starting to grapple with the implications of what has come to be seen as the end of, or the breaking of, Moore’s law. The observation that transistor density on an integrated circuit doubled about every two years is named after Gordon Moore, whose 1965 paper originally described and predicted this performance growth rate. Moore's law allowed the semiconductor industry to transform the world by building ever-smaller transistors with increasing density, creating the ubiquitous and relatively inexpensive computing environment we live in today. Even though... Read more

New paper outlines an optimum design for Ga2O3 Schottky barrier diodes

Wenshen Li, Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering, is the lead author of the paper published in Applied Physics Letters, titled “Near-ideal reverse leakage current and practical maximum electric field in β-Ga2O3 Schottky barrier diodes.” Devansh Saraswat, Yaoyao Long, Kazuki Nomoto along with Professors Debdeep Jena and Huili Grace Xing are co-authors. “For the first time, we observed an ideal reverse leakage characteristic in Ga2O3 Schottky barrier diodes,” said Li. “With such information, we can accurately determine how large an electric field can be supported in Ga2O3... Read more

Mount St Helen

40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano, of which Professor Abers conducted extensive research

Monday, May 18 is the 40th anniversary of the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington. This seminal event was the most destructive eruption in the US and gave birth to much of the modern science of volcanology. Professor Geoffrey Abers and his group have been part of a major study of Mount St. Helen over the last several years, called Imaging Magma Under St. Helens (iMUSH). iMUSH was a four-year collaborative research project involving several institutions and supported by the GeoPRISMS and EarthScope Programs of the US National Science Foundation to illuminate the... Read more