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					                              FALL 2007 ENGINEERING 150
                                RESOURCE GUIDE FOR
                                 FACULTY ADVISORS

The Cornell campus is the site of many facilities of interest to engineering students. Some places will be
of interest to almost all students; others will appeal to a more limited audience. A number of speakers
will come to your class if scheduled far enough in advance. Some speakers would prefer talking to sev-
eral classes at one time. To help you arrange this, please see the master list of ENGRG 150 sections.

If you need help coordinating activities with other sections or need any assistance in scheduling tours or
speakers, please contact the ENGRG 150 Program Coordinator at

Alumni Panels                  September 10-September 14
College alumni discuss their experiences as professional engineers, including technical and managerial
opportunities, personal and professional growth, career development, and satisfaction. Alumni panels
contain 2 graduates selected to provide balance in discipline and experiences. An opportunity for first-
year students to hear about and explore their potential as future engineering graduates. Contact Mary
Glick, by September 7 to sign up your ENGRG 150 class for an alumni visit.

Major Information Fair
In October of each year, students may attend the Major Information Fair sponsored by Engineering Ad-
vising. The fair gives unaffiliated students the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering majors by
learning about each Major’s curriculum, curricular requirements, research, and career opportunities.
Check the Sundial electronic newsletter for dates and times.


Beebe Lake Central Heating Hydroelectric Plant, Humphrey Service Building
Email Harry (Andy) Andersen, hfa2, 592-2108, for a tour of plant and facilities. Overall view of Cornell
utility systems, including water plant, sewers, and electrical distribution systems. Tours end late October.
Good for civil engineers.

Food Processing and Development Laboratory and Cornell Dairy Plant
Students tour the plant and discuss engineering applications within the food industry. Students can run
an experiment in the food lab during a class period. Arrange as early in the semester as possible. Two
weeks advance notice advisable. Best way to schedule a tour is to propose a meeting through Oracle
Scheduler if possible or contact Vincent L. Nykiel, or at 254-4882 to make arrange-

Formula SAE race car
Each year the Formula SAE Racing Team designs and constructs from ground up a new race car de-
signed for the weekend amateur autocrosser. The team competes with 140 schools from around the
world every May in Detroit. Cornell has placed first 9 times in the project's 20-year history and is consis-
tently in the top performers. Team members learn a wide range of skills, including the systems engineer-
ing approach to designing complex systems, mechanical and electrical design and analysis, business
skills, and project management. Contact Jon Green for information: jsg67, or fsae_business-
Student-led Tours of the Engineering Quad
An overview of the engineering quad, including classrooms, labs, and research facilities. Tour guides are
trained members of the Engineering Ambassadors and are all current engineering undergraduate stu-
dents. Please call well in advance. Contact Judith Starr, 5-5008 if you need more information.

Sustainable World Tour
This is a tour new to the 150 Seminar. Engineering Sustainable World, which is overseen by CEE, in-
corporates knowledges from many engineering fields, and so potentially will be of interest to a majority
of students. The tour will provide an overview of Sustainable World projects, but will focus on the veg-
gie oil van, the solar ovens, and two projects started last year: Big Red Bikes (a free bike rental system
on campus), and Kill Bills (which aims to make off-campus housing more energy efficient). Contact
Carmen Iao for more information (cni3).

Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory
Tours of the laboratory available. One week notice advisable to schedule a tour. Video shown about the
history of the lab. Contact Sharon Peterson, sap16, 5-5253 to make arrangements.


The CAVE - a virtual reality experience
As part of an on-going effort to provide high-performance interactive visualization to researchers, the
Cornell Theory Center supports a room-sized virtual reality environment, the CAVE,
( which is a three-wall, immersive facility.
Demos are available upon request. The CAVE can accommodate 10 visitors at a time. Contact Mary
Glick (mg549, or 5-1279) to make arrangements. Two weeks notice advisable. The CAVE – a virtual
reality experience.

Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS), Olin Library
Danielle Mericle, dkm26, 5-2308. DCAPS is a cross-disciplinary team established to explore the use of
emerging technologies for providing greater access to cultural and scientific collections and the man-
agement of digital resources for Cornell University Library and other institutions. Digital imaging has
enabled DCAPS to make many of Cornell's rare and fragile collections available through the World
Wide Web. Partnerships with other institutions have permitted DCAPS to create digital collections from
around the world. Tours for small groups (no more that 8 people) offer demonstration of the use of high-
end digital cameras and scanners to convert objects to digital form.

Library Research-Engineering Information Competencies
This class takes place in the computing facility in the library of Carpenter Hall. We cover 5 competen-
cies that are necessary for all engineering students to become skilled in library research. Students take an
online quiz to test their skills. Handout link:
25 person limit, 1 week notice advisable. Contact Jill Powell, 5-8701, to make ar-

Creating Your Own Web Page
This class takes place in the computing facility in the library in Carpenter Hall. Using an HTML editing
program, students will learn how to design a web page with graphics, lists, links, and tables in our PC
facility. Handouts link:
25 student limit per session. One week advance notice is advisable. Contact Jill Powell,, 5-8701 to make arrangements.
                                          OTHER TOURS
Cornell Plantations
Encourage students to explore their new home of natural wonders and relieve some stress! Cornell Plan-
tations, the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas of Cornell University has something for eve-
ryone. From the Beebe Lake and gorge trails, to the gardens below the Dairy Bar, there are many beauti-
ful areas on campus just waiting for students to discover. Contact Kevin Moss at 4-7430 or km274 for
scheduling. Please provide at least two weeks notice and have a choice of dates when requesting a tour.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The Johnson Museum has one of the finest collections of art in New York State and is recognized as one
of the most important university museums in the country. The general tour covers the permanent collec-
tion and/or any special exhibitions of interest to advisors. Limited to 20 students. Preferably have stu-
dents meet at museum at beginning of 150 session. Contact Mariel Gonzalez, 4-4657, mg363, to make

McGraw Tower and the Cornell Chimes
The Cornell Chimes have been the heartbeat of campus life for more than a century, marking the hours
and chiming concerts. The original set of nine bells first rang out at the university’s opening ceremonies
October 7, 1868. Over time the chime has been recast and expanded to 21 bells; it continues to ring daily
concerts, making it one of the largest and most frequently played chimes in the world. Climb the 161
steps to learn the history of the tower, see how the bells are played, and meet the people behind the con-
certs. For your climb, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Cornell and the Ithaca community.
Limited number of tours available. Tours can accommodate 15-20 students. Schedule a tour through the
Cornell Chimesmasters,; if no response, email Scott Silverstein (sas253). As the
Chimesmasters are able to accommodate only 6 Seminar tours this fall, interested seminars are advised
to book their tours as early in the semester as possible.

The Carol Tatkon Center
The Carol Tatkon Center, located in S. Balch Hall, is an intellectual, cultural, and drop-in Center for all
first-year students. The Center offers academic support programs and services; TA hours; drop-in finan-
cial aid and counseling hours; knowledgeable upper-level student staff to answer questions; monthly art
exhibits; laptop lending in a wireless environment; and more. For more information on programs being
held at the Tatkon Center, check out the Center's web site
or contact Laurie Fuller, llf5, 4-3329.

                         SPEAKERS / TOPICS FOR YOUR CLASS

Celebrating Nanotechnology at Cornell
“A symposium on the very small.” A series of three videos in which Cornell professors discuss their re-
search in the field of nanotechnology in 10 minute segments. Borrow one or all of the videos from Engi-
neering Advising (167 Olin Hall). Useful for stimulating a discussion among your advisees. Contact the
150 Program Coordinator at or 5-1279.

Communications Challenge
Engineering communication challenge requires seminar participants to work in small groups to write in-
structions and then to follow instructions prepared by another group to assemble a product. Requires
some geometric understanding, ability to communicate and work with others, and willingness to have
fun. Illustrates a practical side of engineering and the need for communication skills. Good program to
help students get acquainted with one another. Two weeks notice advisable. Contact Jery Stedinger at to make arrangements.

Co-op Program
Co-op staff, along with former Co-op students, talk to ENGRG 150 sections about opportunities to work
in industry during the junior year. Co-op students will talk about their own experience. Contact Sarah
Toth at (255-3512) AFTER AUGUST 21 to schedule this presentation.

CoursEnroll Demo
YOUR PEER ADVISORS! The best time for this is when the peer advisors have access to their own
CoursEnroll accounts –in late October. Talk to your peer advisors.

Safety: Health and Environmental Issues for Engineers
Robin Goodloe,, 5-5613. Make arrangements in advance. This program
presents an overview of health and safety issues for undergraduate engineering students. Al-
though various policies and regulations are reviewed, the emphasis of this presentation is on
practical aspects of health and safety such as personal protective equipment and the safe use of
chemicals and shop tools.

Technological Predictions through the Year 2050
Discussion covers career services offerings, the nature of technical job markets, and the development
and application of skills in a world of ever-changing technologies. We review the status of 1967 tech-
nological predictions for the year 2000 and take a glimpse at current predictions through the year 2050.
This class strives to develop a sense of appreciation and enthusiasm among freshmen for their potential
future contributions to society through the study of engineering. Please give two weeks advance notice.
Several classes could join together for this talk. Contact Engineering Co-Op & Career Services at eng- (5-3512/5006) AFTER AUGUST 21 to schedule this presentation.


Biomedical Engineering: Education and Opportunities
Dave Putnam, dap43
This presentation will focus on our recommendations to first-year students who wish to work as profes-
sional engineers in biomedical engineering. We will discuss the undergraduate option in BME and the
M.Eng. Program in BME. We will also discuss what biomedical engineers may do and career opportuni-
ties. Presentation subject to faculty availability; schedule well in advance.

Engineering Management: The challenge to do things well
Prof. Mark Turnquist, 309 Hollister, 5-4796,
Knowing how to build or design systems is not enough. Engineering organizations must structure them-
selves to deliver products and services, often in a world wherein future demands, preferences, and con-
straints are subject to critical uncertainties. Engineering management addresses interpersonal, organiza-
tional, and financial relationships that address the transformation of engineering knowledge into success-
ful products and system performance.

Cornell engineering students often develop into leaders of their organizations and the profession, and
they may want to prepare themselves for successful careers by taking courses in engineering manage-
ment, or even pursuing the engineering management minor. The presentation discusses contemporary
engineering management challenges, the role of management in engineering practice, and engineering
management courses available to undergraduates in engineering.

AguaClara: Honduras Water Supply Project
Sara Schwetschenau, ses88
The AguaClara mission is to improve water treatment technologies so that communities in the Global
South can afford safe, clean drinking water. Our focus is on municipal water treatment systems designed
for turbidity removal and pathogen inactivation. The treatment systems can operate without an external
power source and can be maintained by rural communities. We are working with Agua Para el Pueblo in
Honduras with the goal of increasing their capacity so they can scale up the technologies and help distri-
bute the technologies throughout Honduras. Our long term goal is to spread these technologies through-
out the Global South. AguaClara team members travel to Honduras during the January intersession and
interns with Engineers for a Sustainable World work with Agua Para el Pueblo to supervise the construc-
tion and operation of the water treatment plants.

Come tour the lab where the team conducts research and tests water treatment technologies for imple-
mentation in Honduras. Learn how we clean up turbid river water to make it safe to drink. We will show
photos of the water treatment plants that we have built in Honduras and you will learn how you can get
involved in this project.

The Many Facets of Computer Science
Graeme Bailey, 4107B Upson Hall,, 5-9210
A look at the many and varied ways in which the ideas of computer science (rather than just the acts of
programming) can appear in a wide range of disciplines. Included in this high-speed romp will be some
of the traditional Majors of engineering, but we will also look at applications within biology and medi-
cine, finance and commerce, art and music. After whetting your appetite, we will deal with the details of
the undergraduate degree in computer science (within both Engineering and Arts & Sciences) and talk
about ways of combining multifaceted interests for those who are more focused on other disciplines but
who wish to gain a decent background in computer science. Contact Graeme Bailey bai- at least 3 weeks prior to make arrangements.

Electrical and Computer Engineering in the 21st Century
Electrical and Computer Engineers work with an extraordinarily broad range of cutting-edge technolo-
gies. These technologies range from the tiniest nanoscale and quantum-optical devices through small-
and large-scale integrated circuits through mid-scale devices such as cellular telephones and computers
all the way up to the largest, most complex sensor and telecommunication networks. Every level
presents a host of challenges and open problems whose solution demands facility with sophisticated
scientific, mathematical, and engineering. Larger groups joined together preferred. Contact person: Sandi
Goodwin (, 255-4309), who will coordinate presentations by various ECE faculty
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Activities
Elizabeth Fisher, 108 Upson Hall, emf4
A presentation outlining the Major of mechanical and aerospace engineering, course and project offer-
ings of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (M&AE) and career opportunities for
M&AE graduates. Sessions are limited; it is best if groups can combine. Two weeks notice advisable.

Materials for the 21st Century
Mike Thompson, 127 Bard Hall, mot1
A 45-minute presentation outlining the field of materials science and engineering for students. Many
demonstrations, including some hands-on, will be made to illustrate what is exciting in the field. Mi-
chael Thompson, George Malliaras, Shefford Baker or Emmanuel Giannelis will give these presenta-
tions. At least one week notice requested. *Note: There is a possibility this presentation will not be
available this fall; faculty advisors will be promptly notified should this be the case.

Earthquakes, Oil and Water: Seismology and Society
Larry Brown, 3124 Snee Hall, ldb7, 5-7357
Seismic waves provide our principal glimpse into the earth’s interior. Examine examples of how such
waves are used to help understand where and why earthquakes occur and how such waves are used in the
search for natural resources. Includes a tour of the Snee Hall seismograph station.

                                      OTHER SOURCES
ENGRG 150 Faculty Advisors
Talk with other faculty members who are conducting ENGRG 150 seminars. It may be possible to work
some cooperative arrangements with each other, i.e. talk with each other’s students about your own field
in engineering.

Major Consultants
Major consultants can discuss majors in their departments. See the Engineering Undergraduate Directors
and Coordinators directory.