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Vol. 1, No. 4 Oct. 14, 1999

Around Campus

Directory assistance

The Communications Group is gearing up to produce the 1999-2000 Campus Directory. To ensure the timely production of this important publication, the office asks all employees to review and update the information about themselves contained in the Human Resources database. A printout of your Human Resources information has been sent to you via campus mail. Review it carefully and notify Human Resources of any changes you would like to make, according to the instructions included with the form.

The deadline for submitting your form to Human Resources is Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Campus map update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, e-mail them to mccrea@wpi.edu or contact Bonnie McCrea at ext. 5306 by Oct. 22. A revised map will be available by Nov. 5.

The map is available as a PDF file on the WPI Web site at http://www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/campusmap.html. You can open the file with Adobe Acrobat (http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html). An updated map will be provided to Office Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5150), which can print multiple copies for a fee.

And the winners are!

Congratulations to the following winners of the Global Fair door prizes:
Paul Huang, WPI Bookstore sweatshirt; Evan Gilman, Holden Travel appointment and calendar book; Kyle Mackin, Sahara Restaurant gift certificate; Jason Meltzer, Sole Proprietor gift certificate; Jon Rudolph, Barnes & Noble travel book; Michael Krager, Foothills Theatre gift certificate; Kris Machon, Mt. Wachusett gift certificate; Tim Zenchenko, Mt. Wachusett gift certificate; Kerri Hufnagle, Highland Emporium gift certificate; Andrew Semmel, Bagel Time gift certificate; Elizabeth Hart, Bean Counter gift certificate; Samuel Tannath, Bean Counter gift certificate; Chris Hill, Boomers gift certificate; Elionex Rodriguez, Boomers gift certificate; Rachel Bowers, Boomers gift certificate; Lauren Wojtkum, Tortilla Sam's gift certificate; Charles McAuley, Tortilla Sam's gift certificate; Daniel Nelson, Tortilla Sam's gift certificate; Heather Maisey, Tortilla Sam's gift certificate; and Kate Shore, Tortilla Sam's gift certificate.

Winners who have not already done so may collect their prize at the IGSD office in the Project Center.

Here come the mathletes

WPI's 12th annual Invitational Mathematics Meet for high school students will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Harrington Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. More than 85 schools from four states are expected to send four-person teams to this year's competition. Lexington (Mass.) High School won the meet last year.

The event includes individual and team competitions. Each round poses interesting and challenging questions based on the secondary curriculum-up to, but not including, calculus. The student with the highest score will receive a $3,000 scholarship; second- and third-place winners receive $2,000 and $1,500 scholarships, respectively. Team awards are also given.

Members of the WPI community are asked to park in the Boynton Street lot or in the peripheral lots on Oct. 21 to enable these students and their chaperones to park on the Quadrangle.

TIAA/CREF individual counseling

Charlie Doherty, individual counseling representative from TIAA/CREF, will be returning to campus one day each month beginning Thursday, Oct. 21.There will be 10 appointments available each month from October through December.

The meetings are scheduled on the following dates: Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Boynton Hall second floor Conference Room; Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Morgan B; and Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 to 1 p.m. in Morgan B.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Melanie Desiata at ext. 5470, or e-mail mridler@wpi.edu.

Hull Lecture

The Hull Memorial Lecture, which takes place Thursday, Oct. 28, from noon to 2 p.m., in Alden Memorial, will consist of a screening and discussion of the film "Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan." The event will be facilitated by the executive producer and director, Regge Life, whose other works include the film "Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children." A boxed lunch will be provided. Seating is limited.

The Hull Lecture honors the memory of Laurence F. Hull '64, who died in a car accident in 1965. An outstanding student, Hull was president of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, editor of the student newspaper and chairman of the Student Senate Committee on Assemblies. In this last capacity he sought to make students aware of the role of science and technology in society by inviting prominent speakers to campus. For more information, call ext. 5547.

Pop-ular music

The WPI Concert Band and Sta ge Band welcome members of the WPI community and the public to their annual Pops Concert on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert will feature dancers from the Performing Arts School of Worcester performing to music from the Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.

The Concert Band, directed by Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, will feature music by John Williams from the new Star Wars movie, a new piece by Alfred Reed entitled Millenium III, and Slava by Leonard Bernstein.

Also performing will be the WPI Trombone Ensemble and Jazz Band led by Jazz Studies Director Richard Falco. Admission is $7, $3 for students and senior citizens, and free for those under 12. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Exhibit features paintings by Gail Hormats

Gordon Library will feature "From My Porch," an exhibit of paintings by Gail Hormats, Oct. 25 through Dec. 18. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. A reception will be held Oct. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call ext. 5410.

Preserving all others

The American Antiquarian Society will present "Preserving All Others," a new one-act play about Isaiah Thomas performed by Neil Gustafson, Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester. The play is free and open to the public. For more information, call 755-5221.

Come as you aren't

Alpha Psi Omega, the dramatic arts honor society, is sponsoring a Masquerade Ball, Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Riley Commons. Tickets are $4 per person, or $3 for one person in a group of two or more dressed with a theme. The evening will include food, games, dances and prizes. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Wedge, or at the door.

Sorority recruitment

Recruitment is an opportunity for students to learn about the activities, functions and purposes of sororities at WPI. It will give students a chance to decide if sorority life is right for them. Here's the schedule for recruitment activities this fall:

Nov. 1 - Ice Cream Social, 7 p.m., Lower Wedge
Nov. 2-3 - Registration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mail Room
Nov. 4 - Scholarship Dinner, 5 p.m., TBA
Nov. 4 - House Tour, 6 p.m., Floor Lounge
Nov. 5 - Round 1, 6 p.m., Founders Hall
Nov. 7 - Round 2, 6 p.m., Founders Hall
Nov. 9 - Round 3, 7 p.m., Founders Hall
Nov. 11 - Preference Picking, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., TBA
Nov. 14 - Preference Events, noon, Higgins House and Riley
Nov. 15 - Bid Day 

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:

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.


A flu prevention clinic will be held on Monday, Nov. 1, in Morgan A from 1 to 4 p.m. not Oct. 7, as listed in the Sept. 30 issue of @WPI. The clinic is not limited; the cost is $12. The following link from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is available to answer any questions you may have about the flu or the vaccine: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/flu.htm.

For more information about the flu clinic, call the WPI health center at ext. 5220.


China bound

WPI President Edward Alton Parrish has been invited to participate in a U.S.-China Joint Science Policy Seminar in Beijing the week of Oct. 24. He will address the topic, "Training Scientists and Engineers for the 21st Century." The seminar is the first in a decade-long series of U.S.-China activities organized by the National Science Foundation with the Natural Science Foundation of China. In addition to the seminar, Parrish will spend a week in China meeting with representatives of universities, secondary schools and corporations to lay the groundwork for cooperative relationships between them and WPI. These alliances may involve distance learning, training programs and conferences.

India bound

WPI Provost John F. Carney III will serve as co-chairman of the Fourth International Conference on Multi Purpose High-Rise Towers for Tall Buildings, titled "Challenges & Solutions for the Coming Millennium," Oct. 20-22, at the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. The conference is being organized in collaboration with WPI's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

PSG College of Technology, founded in 1951 by PSG and Sons Charities, is considered one of the top technological institutions in India. The college is located on the same campus as the PSG Industrial Institute, a sizeable manufacturing unit, and maintains active liaisons with industry as well as research and development institutions in India and abroad.

Joint appointment

David C. Brown, professor of computer science, has been appointed professor of mechanical engineering under the newly established guidelines for faculty joint appointments. Brown will continue to work in Fuller Laboratories, but will assist in projects and other assignments through the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Brown was quoted in a recent article in Boston Software News that asked wheather a college degree is necessary to pursuing a career in computer science. Brown said that "the details in a B.S. degree may last only five years," and added that a computer science department's responsibility to students is to reinforce concepts that will allow future growth and learning throughout their careers.

Mott to lead Emerson Society

Wesley T. Mott, professor of English, is president-elect of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society. He will serve as president during the society's 2003 bicentennial celebration of Emerson's birth, which will include exhibits and programs in Boston, Cambridge and Concord.

Mott has also been named to the executive board of the Boston University College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association. He chairs the careers committee.

Other WPI honors

James C. Hermanson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed the 10th recipient of the George I. Alden Chair in Engineering in recognition of outstanding teaching. The appointment is for three years. Hermanson, who came to WPI in 1995, earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington in aeronautics and astronautics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on fluid mechanics, specifically compressible flow, combustion, turbulent mixing, multi-phase flow and heat transfer.

Robert L. Norton, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering, which recognizes quality teaching. The appointment is for one year. Norton received a B.S. degree from Northeastern University and an M.S. degree in engineering design from Tufts University. His research focuses on linkage and cam design, mechanical design and analysis, vibrations, dynamic signal analysis and computer-aided machine design.

Raymond R. Hagglund, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the Morgan Distinguished Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering, which recognizes quality advising. Hagglund earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from WPI and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests include applied mechanics, product liability and safety analysis. He earlier received WPI's Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering and was honored as WPI's Outstanding Teacher in 1974.

Scott D. Ayers, a graduate student in fire protection engineering, has received the 1999-2000 Gerald L. Maatman Fellowship in Fire Protection Engineering, repeating the honor he earned last year. Ayers graduated with distinction in May from WPI, earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. A Charles O. Thompson Scholar as a freshman, he was nominated as Sophomore of the Year and has been a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Visiting scholar from Keene State

Charles "Chuck" Weed is a visiting scholar in WPI's Social Science and Policy Studies Department through December. On sabbatical leave from Keene State College where he is a professor of political science, he is interested in integrating system dynamics into a social sciences curriculum. He will attend WPI system dynamics classes as an observer and provide collegial feedback to WPI faculty in the program. Chuck's office is Atwater Kent 123, and he can be reached by e-mail at cweed@keene.edu.

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.

Continuing Education

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Route 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:05 p.m., Kinnicutt Hall. Refreshments at 3:45 p.m..

Graduate Admissions

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Mathematical Sciences

Friday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m., "An Electrochemistry Model with Nonlinear Diffusion: Steady-State Solutions," Weifu Fang, West Virginia University, Stratton Hall, 202. Refreshments at 10:30 a.m., Stratton Hall 107.


Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m., "Understanding Your Account," Assumption College. For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-842-2733, ext. 3974.

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 at 6 p.m. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Kohles, Sean S., "Tissue Welding and Hemostasis." Co-chaired and presented at the Biomedical Engineering and Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium, UMass Memorial Health Care University Campus, Endoscopy Center, Oct. 7.

Electrical And Computer Engineering

Elbirt, A. and C. Paar, "Towards an FPGA Architecture Optimized for Public-Key Algorithms," SPIE's International Symposium on Voice, Video & Data Communications, September 19-22, Boston.

Paar, C., B. Chetwynd, T. Connor, S. Deng, and S. Marchant. "An Algorithm-Agile Cryptographic Coprocessor Based on FPGAs," SPIE's International Symposium on Voice, Video & Data Communications, September 19-22, Boston.

Bailey, D. and C. Paar, "Inversion in Optimal Extension Fields," Conference on the Mathematics of Public-Key Cryptography, June 12-17, The Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Humanities And Arts

Brattin, Joel J. "Searching for Jimi Henrdrix: A Tribute CD and Video." In Jimpress 65 (Oct. 1999), pp. 20-22.


Zhu, Joe and Lawrence M. Seiford. "Profitability and Marketability of the Top 55 U.S. Commercial Banks," Management Science, vol. 45, no. 9 (1999), pp. 1270-1288.

Worth Noting

Next Tuesday, Oct. 19, is the 100th anniversary of an important day in the life of Robert H. Goddard, WPI's most famous graduate. On that day in 1899, shortly after his 17th birthday, he climbed a cherry tree in the backyard of his Worcester home and had a vision of a rocket rising from the Earth and travelling into space. "I was a different boy when I descended the tree from when I ascended," he later wrote. "Existence at last seemed very purposive." Thereafter, he referred to that day, to which he dated his resolve to build such a device, as his "Anniversary Day."

Born in Worcester in 1882, Goddard attended South High School and graduated from WPI in 1908. He earned his doctorate and taught physics at Clark University while carrying out experiments with liquid- and solid-fueled rockets. In 1926 he launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, a feat as important in aerospace history as the Wright Brothers' first powered flight. Goddard is now recognized at the father of modern rocketry and Worcester as the birthplace of the Space Age.

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