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Vol. 3, No. 12 Feb. 21, 2002

Around Campus

Calling All Student Entrepreneurs
This spring, the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Department of Management will host the Fifth Annual New England Regional Awards. This competition, part of the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards, is open to all New England under-graduates who own and run a business.

Interested students must complete an application and submit brochures or other promotional materials, two letters of recommendation and a faculty nomination. Deadline is Friday, March 1. For more information or to receive an application, call ext. 5075.

Walking, Biking for a Cure
A WPI student and an alumnus will take part in events that support cancer research and outreach. From May 17 to 19, Tasha Andrade '04 and her mom, Heather, will walk from Fitchburg to Boston in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day. The East Providence, R.I., team will join about 3,000 others in helping Avon raise funds to increase access to care and find a cure for breast cancer.

Each participant is required to raise $1,900. Tasha and Heather are seeking donations from friends, relatives and others. To contribute, go to www.bethepeople.com and look up Tasha or Heather under the Boston Avon 3-Day, or mail your check to Tasha at Box #1078. Please note her walk number (1930) on your check.

Frederick Tan '01, who is studying for a doctorate in biology at Johns Hopkins University, is taking part in the Hopkins 4k for Cancer. From June 3 to July 27, Fred and 29 other members of the JHU community will bike from Baltimore to San Francisco to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. "We're looking for support in the form of monetary donations, corporate sponsorship, biking supplies, food, camping equipment, gas cards and plane tickets," he says. Each participant must raise $2,500 for the ride. For more t information, e-mail Tan at ftan2@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu.

Coffeehouse Performances
On Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., local bands will compete for prizes at the Battle of the Bands in Riley Commons. Admission is $3. Show off your own talent Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. at Open Mic in the Campus Center. Admission is free.

LEGO My Robot! It's RoboNautica
On Saturday, March 2, beginning at 8 a.m., more than 200 9- to 14-year-olds will converge on Harrington Auditorium to embark on a "tech-know-logical" voyage. Called RoboNautica and co-sponsored by WPI and the EcoTarium, this FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament will challenge teams of students to use such LEGO elements as bricks, sensors, motors and gears to build a robot and compete for prizes in friendly, age-appropriate events.

The event is being organized by Ken Stafford, manager of academic initiatives, and Mike Sherman, art director, who are both coaching FIRST robotics teams. Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science students, many of whom take part in FIRST competitions, will assist at the competition. "During a 10-week season, each team developed its own strategy to solve this year's challenge," says Sherman. "The kids quickly get caught up in the excitement of designing and building a robot based on that strategy. Many of them go on to become involved in the FIRST robotics program at the high school or college level and often come back as mentors to FLL teams."

Non-competitors are encouraged to attend RoboNautica, which is free and open to the public. "It's more than a competition," says Sherman. "It's a family-day celebration that features science and technology exhibits, demonstrations and activities for kids of all ages." For more, visit www.wpi.edu/+robonautica.

Skull Inducts New Members
Skull, WPI's senior honorary society, recently tapped 15 new members. Founded in 1911, the society seeks to preserve WPI traditions. New members from the Class of 2003 are: Sonja Bjork, computer science; Naomi Boatright, biology and biotechnology; John Duell, electrical engineering; Josh Kramer, biology; Lisette Manrique, biomedical engineering; Dennis Mayo, mechanical engineering; Andrew Oleson, chemical engineering; Katheine O'Neill, management information systems; Tejal Patel, electrical and computer engineering; Ryan Petti, computer science; Marc Regan, electrical engineering; David Sama, electrical engineering; Deborah Shea, humanities; William Spellane, electrical engineering; Christina Watson, biochemistry. ECE Professor Alexander Emanuel was also tapped.

People

New Faces Around Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following employees to the campus community: Patricia Gibson, dispatcher, Campus Police; Laurie Nuzzolilo, administrative secretary, Admissions; David Taranto, video support technician, Instructional Media Center; and Gladys Zachariewicz, custodian, Plant Services.

Longtime Head Librarian Dies

Early in his WPI career, Anderson director poses with two of his predecessors, Emily M. Haynes, left, and Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover.

Albert G. Anderson Jr., 72, of Paxton, Mass., WPI's head librarian for 29 years, died Feb. 17 in Hospice House in Worcester. The sixth librarian in WPI's history, Anderson is the only man to have held the post. When he arrived on campus in 1963, the library was actually eight separate collections in six different locations. He immediately became part of a team, led by President Harry P. Storke, that created the present 65,000-square-foot library, which was completed at a cost of $2.5 million, largely funded by a bequest from George C. Gordon, a Cleveland industrialist who was a member of the Class of 1985. In an article in the Spring 1992 issue of the WPI Journal, Anderson said he viewed the library as "a service organization, with staff members who are willing to adapt as adaptation is needed, and willing to be of service to whoever needs it."

Anderson retired in 1991. Two instructional labs on the first floor of the library are named for him. His wife and daughter visited the labs and viewed the plaque at the Information Technology Open House on Jan. 23. A native of Fargo, N.D., he received a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, a master's degree from the University of Wyoming, and a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. An avid genealogist, he was a member the Worcester Art Museum, and the Tower Hill Botanical Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ann L. (O'Connell) Anderson, a daughter, Sarah W. Anderson of Holden, and a brother, Arthur B. Anderson of Atlanta. Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, c/o Dr. Robert Feldman, 720 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02110, or to the WPI Library Fund.

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.

Snapshot

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When he is not creating beautiful landscapes on campus, groundskeeper Tom Bullens enjoys capturing scenes of natural beauty on canvas.

Art, Music Enrich 'Landscaper's' Life
Tom Bullens is a landscape artist in more ways than one. As a groundskeeper in Plant Services, the soft-spoken Bullens designs and maintains the colorful flower beds around Sanford Riley Hall and designs the landscaping for Commencement each May. He's also a talented pianist whose melodies enliven many WPI luncheons, receptions and dinners.

Away from campus, Bullens puts away his shovel, spade and wheelbarrow and picks up the artists' tools he uses to capture landscapes, animals, birds and flowers on canvas and in stained glass. "Art and music have always been part of my life," says Bullens, who has worked at WPI since 1981. "As a kid, I always used to doodle. I took a few art courses here and there during college (he earned an A.A. at the former Worcester Jr. College) and learned stained glass from a friend in Michigan, where I lived in the 1970s. It came kind of easy."

Although he has a studio in his West Boylston home, he says he can paint almost anywhere. "I like oil painting and I also do pen and ink drawings - mostly landscapes or birds - from photographs and other paintings." In 1985, his paintings, prints and stained glass were exhibited in Gordon Library.

Tom inherited his love of music from his father, John, a professional trumpet player who was inducted into Worcester's Music Hall of Fame. (John Bullens was also the "Johann" in Johann and the Jolly Kopperschmidts, the original name of the popular local band.) Three of the seven Bullens children are musical. Tom and his sister, Donna, play the piano (she is a piano teacher in Florida); brother Don, a Worcester State College professor, is a singer/guitarist with his own band, The Coyotes.

Tom has been playing piano on campus since 1985, when Carol Hebert, the events coordinator, invited him to provide the music for a neighborhood gathering hosted by President Strauss. "After that," he says, "I began getting calls to play at faculty dinners, alumni banquets, local churches and weddings at Higgins House. I've even played at Mechanics Hall. I like to play music of the composers George Gershwin and Cole Porter." These days, Tom says, members of the Events Office staff continue to recommend him for jobs.

Whether he's capturing a snowy owl in a winter landscape in oils or combining cranesbill geraniums with Japanese beauty berries to light up a corner of the exterior of Sanford Riley, Tom Bullens is guided by the same simple principle: "I just look at what's aesthetically pleasing to the eye." Artist, musician, creative gardener - he does it all with quiet pleasure and a sense of humor. "I've got all the tools for retirement," he says, "except money!"

WPI in the News

London's Telegraph Magazine cited FPE Department Head David Lucht in the cover story in its Dec. 30 issue, "Counting Back from Ground Zero."

On Jan. 15, The Boston Globe quoted Malcolm Ray, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, in an article titled "More Big Dig woes: Some barriers short." The Globe featured an article on WPI's Math Excellence Initiative in its Sunday, Feb. 10, issue.

On Jan. 24, New England Cable News interviewed CEE Department Head Ravindra Datta, who talked about WPI's participation in a NASA grant for fuel cell research.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, The New York Times ran an article titled, "A Search for Clues in Towers' Collapse," which discussed the investigation of wreckage from the World Trade Towers and WPI's preliminary analysis of the steel structures.

PBN.Com, Providence Business News, ran a feature on WPI and two of its students in the Feb. 11 edition.

ASEE PRISM's February 2002 issue features two articles that focus on work and innovations at WPI. The first, "25 Ways to Fight Terrorism," includes information on WPI's research for the U.S. Navy on safety testing of fire-fighters' garb. The second, "Made to order: Professors are scrapping conventional textbooks in favor of custom designed digital materials," includes an interview with FPE Professor John Woycheese on his innovative use of specialized digital materials.

The Telegram & Gazette ran a brief on ME Professor Allen Hoffman's appointment as a fellow of ASME International, a worldwide engineering society affiliated with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Human Resources Deadlines
Staff time sheets are due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines are noted below.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Feb. 28)

Thursday, Feb. 28
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, March 6)

Thursday, March 7
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, March 14)

Thursday, March 14
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, March 20)

Friday, March 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Monday, March 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Thursday, March 29)

Thursday, March 21
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, March 28)

Thursday, March 28
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 3)

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

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

PHYSICS
Monday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Olin 107, "Improving Physics Understanding with Microcomputer-Based Labs, Interactive Lecture Demonstrations, Modeling and Visualization," Ronald Thornton, Tufts University.

TANGO DANCE SOCIAL
Saturday, Feb. 23, Alden Memorial, Argentine Tango Lesson, Dance and Showcase, featuring Caleb Cain Marcus and Ting Chin. Lessons 8-9 p.m., dancing until 1 a.m., $12 general public, 25 percent student discount. For more information email David Liu at dliu@wpi.edu, call 617-771-2554, or visit www.wpi.edu/~sdclub.

Recent Grants

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Sotak, Christopher, for "Reduction of Stroke Volume Under Transient Occlusion of Middle Cerebral Artery in Animals," from Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, $102,000.

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Arguello, Jose, for "Ion Selectiviity by Heavy Metal Transport ATPases," from the Department of Health and Human Services, $139,335.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Fisler, Kathryn, for "Computing Education for Every Student in Secondary Schools," from Northeastern University, $2,500.

FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING
Lucht, David and Jonathan Barnett, for "Methods for Analyzing Thermal Decomposition Products from Interaction of C6-F-Ketone with Flame Front," from 3M Specialty Materials, $30,000.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Apelian, Diran, M. Makhlouf and Andreas Alexandrou, for "Low-Cost and Energy-Efficient Methods for the Manufacture of Semi-Solid Feedstock," from the Department of Energy, $229,765.

Brown, Christopher, for "Design and Implementation of an Automated Cutting Tool Wear Measurement System," from Kennametal Inc., $34,868.

Gatsonis, Nikolaos, for "Mathematical and Computational Issues in Advanced Gas and Plasma Microthrusters," from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 50,003.

Johari, Hamid, for "Aerodynamics of Parachute Opening," from the Department of Defense/Army, $17,262.

Tryggvason, Gretar, for "Computational Modeling of the Effect of Secondary Forces on the Phase Distribution in Dispersed Multiphase Channel Flow," from NASA, $95,000.

PHYSICS
Iannacchione, Germano, for "CAREER: Random Disorder in Phase Transitions of Complex Fluids," from the National Science Foundation, $96,901.

Zozulya, Alex, for "Atom Beam Splitters," from the University of Colorado at Boulder, $70,000.

Total January research grants: $867,634.

Worth Noting

GE Funds New Math in Industry Institute
With support from a $306,000 grant from the GE Fund, WPI is creating the Mathematics in Industry Institute for Teachers. The program is being developed by a group of faculty from the university's Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS), led by Bogdan Vernescu, CIMS director and associate professor of mathematical sciences, and Arthur Heinricher, CIMS associate director and associate professor of mathematical sciences.

"Our goal is to use real-world applications of mathematics to motivate women and underrepresented minorities to take advanced mathematics courses in high school and to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering, information technology or finance and economics," explains Vernescu.

Each year for three years, 80 teachers will participate in the summer Mathematics in Industry Summer Workshop for Teachers. Participants will then train an average of four teachers from their schools - giving the program a reach of over 1,000 teachers during the period of the grant.

The GE Fund is the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company. The grant was awarded through the fund's Math Excellence Initiative. "Partner-ships among universities, schools and businesses are essential to moving the needle on diversity in these fields," says George Oliver '82, vice president and general manager for GE Aircraft Engine Services and GE's university executive for WPI. "WPI has demonstrated a track record, innovative thinking and initiative in addressing the needs of female and minority high school students in math, technology and the sciences."

"We applaud the GE Fund's initiative to strengthen and expand the pipeline of minority and female students," says President Edward Alton Parrish. "The Mathematics in Industry Institute will provide teachers with the information, knowledge and tools needed to inspire these students and increase their interest in mathematics and quantitative careers "

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