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Vol. 3, No. 8 Dec. 20, 2001

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The Last of 2001
This issue of @WPI is the last of the year. Publication resumes on Thursday, Jan. 10. Deadline for that issue is Friday, Jan. 4. Happy Holidays!

Open During the Holiday Break?
Most of WPI's offices and departments will be closed for the holiday break (Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 1). If your office needs to remain open for any time during this period, please notify Human Resources in writing so this can be communicated to Campus Police and Plant Services.

People

Student Honored at CEO Conference
Eric Tapley '01 was one of 15 finalists from across North America honored Nov. 3 at the 2001 North American Collegiate Entrepreneurship Awards at the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) Conference in Chicago. In addition to an all-expense paid trip to the conference, Eric was acknowledged as the New England Region Collegiate Entrepreneurs Award winner.

President's IQP Award Winners
Congratulations to the following winners of this year's President's IQP Awards:

First Place (tie): Jill Duffy '03, Justin Gagliardi '02, Katherine Mirtle '03 and Amanda Tucker '03 for "Re-Engineering the City of Venice's Cargo System," advised by Fabio Carrera, co-director of the Venice Project Center and director of the Boston Project Program, and John Zeugner, professor of history.

Andrew Keefe '02, Charles McAuley '02, Gregory Milette '02 and Justin Schneiderman '02 for "Improving Hill-Tribe Education with Solar Power," advised by Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Stephen Pierson, associate professor of physics.

Second Place: James Deloge '02, Robert Lapp '02 and Melissa Morgan '02 for "Educational Web Page Accessibility for Blind and Low-Vision Users," advised by Holly Ault, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Jonathan Barnett, professor of fire protection engineering.

Third place (tie) Piti Bhirom Bhakdi '02, Katie Bouffard '02, Nathaniel Keith '01 and Anil Ranganath '02 for "Enhancing Public Awareness of Ozone Pollution in Bangkok, Thailand," also advised by Demetry and Pierson.

Andrew Burgoyne '02, Robert McElhaney '02, Andrew Newman '02 and Bob Stow '02 for "Marketing the Museum of Science to College Students," advised by Carrera and by James Hanlan, associate professor of history.

Equipment Gifts
WPI has received numerous gifts of equipment, materials and services in recent months. The list below (gifts valued at over $1,000 received between July 1, 2000, and Nov. 11, 2001) was provided by the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. Comments on or additions to the list should be directed to Terry Schmidt Adams, tadams@wpi.edu or ext. 5198.

Biology and Biotechnology: $9,500 from Betafoods Corp.
Biomedical Engineering: $2,500 from MTS Systems Corp.
Chemical Engineering: $2,060 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film
Civil and Environmental Engineering: $20,895 from Instron
Computer Science: $65,000 from Compaq Computer Corp.
Computing and Communications Center: $1,121,270 from Avaya Inc.; $4,320 from Intel Corp. (with Computer Science); $275,000 from Lucent Technologies
Electrical and Computer Engineering: $3,042 from Bristol Babcock Inc.; $174,000 from DSP Development Corp.; $4,900 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film; gifts of $16,139 and $36,305 from Texas Instruments Inc.
Mathematical Sciences: $1,100 from Adina R&D Inc.
Mechanical Engineering: $2,828 from Action Automation; $18,995 and $28,570 from Agilent Technologies, Inc.; $9,400 from Cognex Corp.; $14,700 from General Motors; $19,500 from Intel Massachusetts Inc.; $14,000 from Scientific Technologies Inc.
Physics: $2,000 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film
Social Science and Policy Studies: $6,000 from High Performance Systems Inc.

Employment Opportunities
A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources website.

WPI's Human Resources Office encourages current employees to refer qualified individuals to apply for jobs at WPI. For each person you refer who is hired and who successfully completes six months of active service, you will receive a $500 bonus. The Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent nonfaculty, exempt and nonexempt positions.

WPI in the News

David Cyganski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed on Dec. 3 by WBUR-FM's Tom Ashbrook for the program "Special Coverage." Cyganski was part of a call-in panel who discussed recent developments from former WPI student Dean Kamen and the unveiling of his Segway Human Trasnporter. The program can be heard at http://www.wbur.org/special/specialcoverage/.

Tim Baird '04, a FIRST program participant, was interviewed on TV ASHAI, Japanese television's version of the "Today Show." Baird talked about the FIRST robotics program.

In October, professors Michael Ciraldi, Art Gerstenfeld and Art Heinricher were interviewed by the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette about the discontinuation of Intel's Alpha microprocessor.

Ciraldi also appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of the College Hill Independent (Brown University/RISD student paper), where he talked about his collection of comics. You can find that story at www.indyspace.com.

Mass High Tech covered an overview of 2001 and featured a section on WPI's recent "Imagining the Future" program in its Dec. 10 edition. The article, by Alec Soule, is titled: "Myoptic Vision: 2001 a milestone year, for better and for worse."

The Boston Business Journal, Telegram & Gazette and New England Tech Wire covered the Dec. 5 signing of the agreement that established the UMass Medical School/WPI Consortium in Comparative Neuroimaging.

The [Nashua, N.H.] Telegraph featured a profile on Dean Kaman and his new Segway vehicle and cited his connection to WPI in its Dec. 4, 2001 issue.

A November insert in the Telegram & Gazette had three articles on WPI's Continuing and Professional Education division, including one titled "The Ten Top Reasons to Go Back to School for IT" by Dean of Continuing and Professional Education Arlene Lowenstein.

FPE Professor Jonathan Barnett was interviewed on BBC Channel 4 (British television) on Thursday, Dec. 12. The program's topic was "How the Twin Towers Collapsed." Barnett discussed his research and developments after the World Trade Center attack. The program will air in the United States in January.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., IT Career Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in the Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., IT Career Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m., IT Career Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Saturday, Jan 19, 10 a.m., IT Career Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road, Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road, Southborough. For more information, call 831-5301 or reserve your space online at infor-session@wpi.edu.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Campus Center, Hagglund Room. For more information, call 831-5301 or reserve your space online at infor-session@wpi.edu.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 831-5301 or reserve your space online at infor-session@wpi.edu.

TECH OLD TIMERS
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m., "A Firsthand Tale of a POW Experience in the Philippines," Cecily Marshall, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

VENTURE FORUM MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.) "Entrepreneurial War Stories," Stanley N. Lapidus, founder, chairman and director, EXACT Sciences. Case presenter: Mass Megawatts Inc., Jonathan C. Ricker, president and founder. Campus Center Odeum, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Shashoua, V.E., D. Adams and A. Boyer-Boiteau (2001) CMX-8933, "A Peptide Fragment of the Glycoprotein Ependymin, Promotes Activation of AP-1 Transcription Factor in Mouse Neuroblastoma and Rat Cortical Cultures," in Neuroscience Letters 312: 103-107.

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Weininger, Stephen J. "Pure' Chemistry and the Cold War." Presented at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, Dec. 4, 2001.
____. "Affinity, Additivity and the Reification of the Bond," in Tools and Modes of representations in the Laboratory Sciences, edited by Ursula Klein (Kluwer, 2001.
____. Invited participant, "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences," Smith College, Nov. 16 and 17, 2001.
____. Panelist, "Science Fostering Art: Painting, Optics and the Camera Obscura," 2001 Sigma Xi Forum: Science, the Arts and the Humanities: Connections and Collisions.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Brattin, Joel J. "Ready, Steady, Gavel!: Hendrix Auction at Bonhams and Brooks," in UniVibes 40: 3-4.
_____. "Jimi Plays Stockholm 1969," in UniVibes 40:8-16.
Mott, Wesley T. "The Thoreau Society as Oxymoron; or, the Paradoxes of Individualism." In Thoreau Society Bulletin, No 237, Fall 2001, 9-10.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Durgin, William and Tatiana Andreeva. "Ultrasonic Technique for Experimental Investigation of Statistical Characteristics of Grid Generated Turbulence." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
Johari, Hamid and Gregory S. Rixon. "Evolution of a Pulsed Vortex Gnerator Jet in a Turbulent Boundary Layer. "Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____ and Kenneth Desabrais. "Near Wake of an Inflating Parachute Canopy." Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____and Derek Bond. "Evolution of Bouyant Vortex Rings." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
Olinger, David, Michael P. Davis and Michael A. Demetriou. "Low-order Modeling of Freely Vibrating Flexible Cables." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____, Michael A. Demetriou and Ganapathi Raman Balasubramanian. "Neural Networks-Based Coupled Map Lattice for Modeling Cylinder Wakes." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
Tryggvason, Gretar and Nabeel Al-Rawahi. "Three- and Two-Dimensional Simulations of Dendritic Solidification with Convection." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____, Mark Stick and Werner Dahm. "Three-Dimensional Vortex Sheet Method for Large Eddy Simulations." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____, and Arturo Fernandez. "Direct Numerical Simulation of the Electrostatic Forces Effect on the Droplets Distribution in a Channel Flow." Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____, Bernard Bunner, Manfred G&oumlaut;z and Martin Sommerfield. "Direct Numerical Simulations of Bidisperse Bubbly Flows." Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
_____, and Asghar Esmaeeli, "Direct Numerical Simulations of Film Boiling." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
Hermanson, James C., Hamid Johari, Ravikiran Sangras, Dennis P. Stocker and Uday G. Hegde. " Fully Modulated Turbulent Diffusion Flames in Microgravity." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif. _____. and Nathaniel Demmons. "Stability of Lean, Premixed Flames by Flameholder Heating." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.
Fernandez, Arturo and Gretar Tryggvason. "Direct Numerical Simulation of the Electrostatic Forces Effect on the Droplets Distribution in a Channel Flow." Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Nov. 18-20, 2001, vol. 46, no. 10, San Diego, Calif.

Recent Grants

Following is a list of research grants received by WPI in October. Principal investigators are listed first. Information is provided by the Office of Research Administration.

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Mallick, Rajib, "Evaluation of Permeability of Superpave Mixes," from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, $3,500.
Mallick, Rajib, for "Development of a Testing Protocol for Quality Control/Quality Assurance of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)," from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, $38,6570
Mallick, Rajib, for "Design of Superpave HMA for Low Volume Roads," from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, $49,375.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Sullivan, John, for "Adaptive Dual Mesh Strategy Development in Support of Alternative Breast Cancer Imaging Modalities," from Dartmouth College, $44,700.
Savilonis, Brian, "Modeling of Die Cooling Using Water Mists and Gases," from Wyman-Gordon, $26,536.
Olinger, David and Michael Demetriou, for "Low-Dimensional Modeling of Flow-induced Cable Virbration with Coupled Map Lattices," from the Department of Defense/Navy, $68,696.

PHYSICS
Lew Yan Voon, L., for "CAREER: Topics in Electronic and Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures," from the National Science Foundation, $55,000.

Total for October research grants: $286,464.

Worth Noting

Photonics is the Word
Generous gifts from a WPI alumnus and a recent honorary degree recipient have paved the path for WPI's move further into the emerging field of photonics¾the technology that provides a means of transmitting and processing data using light (photons) rather than electrons.

With a $2.5 million gift from James S. Tyler '54, retired president of California-based Optivision, the university has established the James S. Tyler Chair in Nano-Photonic Networks and the Center for Nano-Photonic Networks within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

In October, at a dinner in his honor, Tyler said, "It is my hope that this gift will help provide research opportunities for students and faculty to explore the relationships between science and engineering and will focus on WPI's strengths in communications theory, high-performance networking, cryptography, wireless communications, embedded computing, photonics and quantum engineering."

A second gift, from IPG Photonics Corp., a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers, established the IPG Photonics Laboratory in the Physics Department. The lab, in rewired and remodeled space in Olin Hall, has been furnished with state-of-the-art optical and electronic equipment, computers, optical components and laser safety devices. It was formally dedicated in ceremonies on Dec. 14.

"IPG Photonics recognizes the outstanding work of WPI faculty and students," said Valentin Gapontsev, Ph.D., founder and CEO. "We are pleased to create this partnership with WPI¾building expertise and expanding the horizons of WPI preparing for advanced scientific and technical careers." Gapontsev received an honorary doctor of engineering degree at Commencement in May 2001.

To read more about each gift, visit www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/.

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