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Vol. 1, No. 3, Sept. 30, 1999

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Taiwan disaster relief

Taiwan has recently suffered its worst earthquake since 1935, causing serious damage and a massive death toll in central Taiwan and Taipei. Two funds have been established specifically to provide aid for this disaster.

The regional chapter of Tzu-Chi Foundation has combined with the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce of New England and the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association to send relief to Taiwan. Please make checks payable to the Tzu-Chi Foundation and send to Mr. Jin Hong Chang, 197 Kent St., Apt. 37, Brookline, MA 02446. For more information, call 617-277-1857.

Another regional organization has established an account at a bank for donations. Please make checks payable to the Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund and send to Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund, Liberty Bank - Account No. 3013158, 681 Washington St., Boston, MA 02110.

Help the Hassard family

Geoff Hassard, WPI's sports information director for the past five years, recently left WPI for a post at the State University of New York at Oneonta. In the process of relocating, the family's furnishings were left in storage. Sadly, a fire in the storage facility destroyed all of their belongings. The Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association has established a relief fund for Geoff, his wife Irene and their baby. ECAC-SIDA has contributed $500 as an organization to kick off the fund-raising effort. WPI community members who wish to contribute to the fund should make checks out to "Hassard Relief Fund" and mail them to Roger Crosley, ECAC-SIDA Treasurer, MIT, Box 397404, Cambridge, MA 02139. Donations must be received by Nov. 1.

Firesafety Studies receives Sjolin Award

WPI and its Center for Firesafety Studies has received the 1999 Vilhelm Sjolin Award from the Forum for International Cooperation on Fire Research. The award recognizes an individual or group that has made significant contributions to fire safety in the global community through outstanding work or a significant breakthrough in the fields of fire science, fire technology, fire-safety engineering or fire-safety education. The award is named after Vilhelm Sjolin, an advocate of fire research and engineering.

The Center for Firesafety Studies will share the award with six other organizations. They include the fire program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Factory Mutual Research Corp., the Building Research Institute, the Science University of Tokyo, the Fire Research Station and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

Professor David A. Lucht, director of the Center for Firesafety Studies, now in its 20th anniversary year, was grateful for the encouragement and support received over the years and the award. The award honorarium will become part of the Howard W. Emmons Distinguished Scholar Endowment at WPI.

WPI runners help United Ways of New Hampshire

Twenty-two runners representing the WPI community participated at the Seventh Annual Healthsource Corporate 5K Road Race Aug. 12 to benefit the United Ways of New Hampshire's Success By 6 initiative. More than 7,000 runners participated with the WPI team raising $21,000. The race was the largest road race ever held in New Hampshire and the third largest in New England following the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race.

WPI runners Sean Kohles, Mike Radzicki and Ken Stafford, came in 32, 86 and 109, respectively. The male team of Kohles, Radzicki and Stafford, along with Bland Addison, Roger Steele, Kent Rissmiller and Bill Baller, came in third overall, while the co-ed team of Allen Hoffman, John Walsh, Danielle Cove and Marianne Janack took 13th in that category.

Other runners representing WPI included Ron Cheetham, Brian Savilonis, Debbie Graves, Laurie Brousseau and Lisa Lebduska, as well as non-team members Kim Williams, Josh Addison, Kim Hoffman, Beky Patlak, James Janack and Sandy Gresko.

Wrestling with the rules

On Sept. 19, WPI hosted the 1999 NCAA Wrestling Satellite Rules Teleconference, which included more than 75 collegiate wrestling referees and coaches. It was the second consecutive year that WPI has been the site of the annual nationwide broadcast. WPI coach Phil Grebinar served as site director for the event which precedes the winter wrestling season. The conference and telecast focused on new 1999-00 wrestling rules and proper wrestling officiating techniques, along with the review of continued rules. Grebinar also served as host of the annual business meetings for the NEIWOA (referees) and NECCWA (coaches' association) meetings held before and after the telecast.

Author, author!

The Writing Center is sponsoring an essay contest, called "What Is Writing?" Using 500 words or less, entrants should address either "What Is Writing?" or "Why Do I Write?" Entries should be typed and double spaced and have a separate cover listing the entrant's name, e-mail address, major and year of graduation. Entries may be submitted electronically to writing@wpi.edu or delivered in person to the Writing Workshop (Project Center, Upper Level). Deadline is May 1. Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity and overall expression. The first place essay will earn its author $50.

Learning English

Enroll now for English as a Second Language classes. It's your last chance this term to register for the ESL Seminar, which meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m., and ESL for Spouses, which meets Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. These classes develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; fees are pro-rated for late starters. All classes meet at International House, 28 Trowbridge Road. For more information, call ext. 6033.

Applications available

There's still time to enter the President's IQP Awards competition. Applications are available from Betty Jolie in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division in the Project Center. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. Applications are also available on the Web. Finalists will give their presentations in Higgins House on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Faculty members who have advised outstanding IQPs are encouraged to have their students enter the competition. The rules stipulate that an IQP may be submitted only after its completion. Completion means that a CDR for all students named on the forms has been recorded by the registrar before the application deadline. For more information, call ext. 6089 or e-mail efjolie@wpi.edu.

Flu prevention clinic

The Visiting Nurses Association of Central Massachusetts will hold a flu vaccination clinic in Morgan A from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The WPI Health Center is coordinating the clinic as a convenience for students, faculty and staff.

The clinic will be limited to 50 students and 50 employees; the cost of the vaccination is $10. Interested individuals must complete a permission form (available in the Health Center on Hackfeld Road). For more information, call ext. 5520.

It doesn't hurt to give

The PanHellenic Council will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, and Thursday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Founder's Hall basement. Members of the WPI community who wish to sign up to donate may do so Sept. 29 and 30, from noon to 1 p.m., in Daniels Hall. Walk-in donors are also welcome. For more information, call 791-7444

Admissions open house

The Admissions Office will host an Open House for prospective members of WPI's Class of 2004 Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day), Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day), and Friday, Jan. 28. High-school students and their families have been invited to take a closer look at academics, extracurricular activities, laboratories and residence halls and to learn more about the WPI Plan, the services of the Financial Aid Office, the Career Development Center and other resources. It's also a chance to meet some of the administrators, faculty, staff and students they will interact with as undergraduates.

Employees are reminded that parking spaces on the Quad will be reserved for visitors. Employees with medical concerns should make special parking arrangements with campus police.

Library exhibits

"The Earth, the Sky, and the Sea," a collection of watercolor paintings by Miriam Smith, will be on display in the third floor gallery of Gordon Library until Oct. 15."From My Porch," paintings by Gail Hormats, will be on display in the gallery from Oct 25 through Dec. 17. A reception for the artist will be held in the library Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"WPI: A Century of Achievement" is on display in the vestibule through November.

Human Resources deadlines

Staff time sheets are now due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Noted below are the scheduled Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines:

Thursday, Oct. 7, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Oct. 14)

Thursday, Oct. 14, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 20)

Friday, Oct. 15, by 10 a.m.
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Monday, Oct. 18, by 10 a.m.
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Oct. 29)

Thursday, Oct. 21, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Oct. 28)

Thursday, Oct. 28, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 3)

All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals in order to be processed. Forms submitted after these dates will be processed in the following payroll.


More new faculty

WPI welcomes this year's professors of practice and affiliate and visiting professors, who bring valuable experience and expertise to the university:

Richard K. Allen is an adjunct associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. A partner at Gadsby & Hannah, a practice limited to construction law, he earned a 1985 J.D. degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., and a 1980 M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed graduate research at McGill University in Montreal and holds a 1976 B.S. in civil engineering from WPI.

Juan C. Chaves is an adjunct instructor in management. A Ph.D. candidate in manufacturing engineering at WPI, he earned a 1990 M.B.A. in management information systems, from the State University of New York, a 1985 master of engineering in mechanical engineering, energy conservation, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a 1983 B.S. in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been an adjunct professor with tenure in mechanical engineering at the University of Costa Rica.

Michael J. Ciaraldi, professor of practice in computer science, has been an adjunct professor at Clark University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. Senior software engineer at Lucent Technologies and president of Ciaraldi Cybernetics, he received 1983 and 1979 M.S. degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively, and a 1973 B.A. in physics from Cornell University.

Herschel Clopper, adjunct assistant professor of management, earned a 1968 Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University, and 1963 M.S. and 1962 B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from MIT in Cambridge, Mass. He studied business management in the M.B.A. program at Babson College and has been an engineer and manager at Polaroid Corp. and an assistant professor at Catholic University of America.

Richard J. Cournoyer, an adjunct instructor in mechanical engineering, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in manufacturing engineering from WPI. He has been WPI's robotics laboratory manager since 1998.

Jose M. Jimenezis an instructor in civil and environmental engineering. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in civil engineering at WPI, having earned a 1999 M.S. in civil engineering at WPI and a 1996 B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Puerto Rico.

Allen H. Levesque, an affiliate professor of electrical and computer engineering, comes to WPI after 35 years in communications research and development. Most recently senior staff scientist at GTE Laboratories Inc., he earned a 1965 doctor of engineering and a 1960 M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Yale University and a 1959 B.S. with high distinction in electrical engineering from WPI. He has taken graduate courses at Harvard and MIT.

Amy McGowan is an adjunct instructor of physics. She has 1999 Ph.D. and 1986 M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and a 1979 B.A. in biology from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a graduate teaching/research assistant at the University of Colorado and an adjunct professor in electrical engineering at Colorado Technical University.

Lyle Mitchell is a visiting scholar in the Social Science and Policy Studies Department. A Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Complexity and Change at the Open University in England, his work involves local venture capital and social inclusion. He will teach workshops and seminars at WPI during his stay.

Raphael J. Njoroge, an adjunct assistant professor of history, earned a 1977 Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a 1967 M.A. degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and a B.A. degree in social sciences and philosophy from Gonzaga. He has a licentiate in philosophy from Mount Saint Michael's Seminary of Philosophy and Science, has taught at the College o f the Holy Cross, Worcester State and Quinsigamond Community colleges, and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

Leonard Polizzotto, professor of practice in electrical and computer engineering, has been corporate vice president of new business development at Polaroid Corp. He has earned a 1982 Ph.D. in visual sciences from Tufts University and 1972 M.S. and 1970 B.S. (with distinction) degrees in electrical engineering from WPI.

Mitchell Sanders, is an affiliate professor of biology. He earned a 1992 Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and a 1988 M.A. in biology at WPI, a 1986 B.S. in biology from Boston University and a 1995 certificate in leech neurobiology from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. He has been a visiting scientist at WPI and is president and CEO of Expressive Constructs Inc. in Worcester.

Ingrid Vargas, an instructor in interdisciplinary and global studies, earned a 1999 Ph.D. in Latin American history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., a 1989 M.A. degree in international relations and economics and Latin American studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Queens College, City University of New York. She has been an adjunct professor at Pace University and at College of the Holy Cross.

Desheng Zongis an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy. He earned a 1998 Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University in, and 1987 M.A. and 1982 B.A. degrees in history from Nankai University in China. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Emerson College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Suffolk University, a teaching assistant and graduate instructor at Tulane and a full-time assistant professor at Nankai University.

Pockoski named male athlete of the year

Mike Pockoski, a 1999 civil engineering graduate, received the New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC) Division III Male Athlete of the Year Award at the conference's annual awards ceremony Sept. 13 in Waltham. Pockoski is now a graduate student at Virginia Tech.

A native of Dayville, Conn., he earned sports awards all four years while competing for the Engineers. He was a seven-time NCAA Division III All American in the hammer, 35-lbs. weight throw and discus and holds WPI records in the 35-lbs. weight throw, discus and the shot put. He was the Poly Club recipient of the top male scholar-athlete award in 1997-1998.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

Summaries of Cabinet Meetings are available online to members of the WPI Community on the Cabinet website.


Brown Bag Safety Seminar

Friday, Oct. 29, noon, "Things That Burn-Flammable and Combustible Chemicals," Goddard Hall 217. For more information, call ext. 5216 or e-mail dmessier@wpi.edu.

Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:05 p.m. Kinnicutt Hall (refreshments at 3:45 p.m.).

Manufacturing Summit

The "Manufacturing our Future" summit will take place at the Worcester Centrum Center on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 to noon. The summit will provide information about exciting and growing manufacturing businesses in Central Massachusetts. This is a major regional economic development conference held in conjunction with AM99 and will provide attendees with the proper links to community resources. For more information or to register, call 831-7020. Seating is limited.


Thursday, Oct. 7-9, Gateway Conference on Entrepreneurship Research: "Technology Commercialization." Lita Nelsen, director, Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the keynote speaker. Hosted by WPI's Entrepreneurs Collaborative and the Department of Management.

Mechanical Engineering

Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, Perreault Hall, Higgins Labs: ASME Student Leadership Conference/Engineering Leadership Program, with guest speakers Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zwiep. For more information, call Professor Mustapha Fofana at ext. 5966.

Tech Old Timers

Thursday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m., "Bermuda Beauty," Paul A. Holle, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45).

Venture Forum

Tuesday, Oct. 19, Venture Forum Workshop: "Perfecting Your Pitch to the VCs." Presented by Bill Warner, founder of Avid Technology and Wildfire Communications. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members; faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a WPI ID. Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.). For more information, call 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Puchovsky, S.B., Sean S. Kohles, "Design of a Bone Biopsy Device for Harvest of Ultrasonic Elastic Measurement Samples." In proceedings of the 1999 Bioengineering Conference (Eds. VK Goel, RL Spilker, GA Atashian, LJ Soslowsky), BED-Vol. 42, ASME/AICHE/USNCB/BMES, Big Sky, MT, June 1999, pp. 183-184.

Hoffman, A. H., T.L. Brehio, S. Rosas, S. S. Kohles, "The Effect of Bone Viscoelasticity on Protocols for Indentation Tests." In proceedings of the 1999 Bioengineering Conference (Eds. VK Goel, RL Spilker, GA Atashian, LJ Soslowsky), BED-Vol. 42, ASME/AICHE/USNCB/BMES, Big Sky, MT, June 1999, pp. 313-314.

Humanities and Arts

Smith, Ruth, "Negotiating Homes: Morality as a Scarce Good." In Cultural Critique #38, pp. 177-195.

--"Morals and Their Ironies." In Journal of Religious Ethics, 26.2, pp. 367-388.

--"Decentering Poverty." In Welfare Policy, Pilgrim Press, 1999, pp. 60-76.

Ruth Smith has been named to the Advisory Board to the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School and to the Committee for the 21st Century, advisory to the Society of Christian Ethics.

Mechanical Engineering

Saadat, Soheil, Jose Salichs, Mohammad Noori, Zhikun Hou and Yoshiyuki Suzuki, "Promises for Structural Vibration Control Using Shape Memory Alloys."In proceedings of the International Symposium on Shape Memory Alloys, pp. 487-502, Ed. Trochu and Brailovski, Canadian Metallurgical Society, Aug. 22-26, 1999, Quebec, Canada.

Dimentberg, Mikhail and Mohammad Noori, "Nonlinear Torsional Divergence Under Randomly Varying Flow Speed." In proceedings of third International Conference on Engineering Aero-Hydroelasticity, pp. 146-150, Prague, Czech Republic, Aug. 30-Sept.3, 1999.

Duval, Luis, Mohammad Noori, Zhikun Hou, and Hamid Davoodi, "Random Vibration of a SDOF System with a Shape Memory Alloy Restoring Force." In Physica B., pp 15-32, Sept., 1999.

Seelecke, Stefan, Luis Duval, Mohammad Noori, and Zhikun Hou, "Hysteresis-induced Damping in Shape Memory Alloys," Invitational Workshop on Systems with Hysteresis. In memoriam of Mark Alexandrovich Kranosel'skii, Berlin, Sept. 20-24, 1999.

Hou, Zhikun, Mohammad Noori, S. Yamamoto, and A. Masuda,"Damage detection Using Wavelet Approach and Its Application for On-Line Health Monitoring." In proceedings of the Second World Conference on Structural Control, vol. 3, pp. 2350-2358, Kyoto, Japan, June 1999.

Vincent, H.T., S.L. Hu, and Zhikun Hou, "Damage Detection Using Empirical Mode Decomposition Method and a Comparison with Wavelet Analysis." In proceedings of Structural Health Monitoring 2000, Stanford University, pp 891-900, Ed. F.K. Chang, Sept. 8-10, 1999.

Hou, Zhikun and Mohammad Noori, "Application of Wavelet Analysis for Structural Health Monitoring." In proceedings of Structural Health Monitoring 2000, Stanford University, pp 946-956, Ed. F.K. Chang, Sept. 8-10, 1999.

Recent Grants

Following is a list of new grants received by WPI in August. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.

Apelian, D., "Heat Treatment Response," $39,919 from Lockheed-Martin Corp.

Johari, H., and J.C. Hermanson, "Acquisition of a Laser Doppler Velocimeter for Non-Instrusive Flow Measurements," $131,980 from the National Science Foundation.

Pryputniewicz, R.J., "Evaluation of a Laser-Based System to Complement Optical 3D Imaging," $79,053 from Mason & Hangar Corp.

Worth Noting

Huong Ngo Higgins, assistant professor of management, was mentioned in Business Week's Aug. 2 publication. Under an Economic Trends headline she and Lawrence D. Brown of Georgia State University were cited for a study they authored on why earnings estimates are low. They found that companies in the U.S. are more likely to lowball expectations of future earnings than are companies in other nations.

They examined the corporate reporting practices of 14 nations during 1995-1997. U.S. companies tend to play the "profit surprise game" to create "a little bit of good news" for the stock price. U. S. companies also are more likely to warn investors of the possibility of a bad earnings report than do businesses of other countries.

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