Vol. 4, No. 4 Oct. 17, 2002

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Around Campus

Get Ready to Fall Back
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Oct. 27. Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour. Check out the following sites to learn more:

Forum Launches CEO Roundtable
The WPI Venture Forum has launched the CEO Roundtable, through which CEOs and top-level decision makers will meet with their peers and experienced facilitators in confidential working sessions. The group will have a four-hour session evry month for10 months, each hosted by a roundtable member.

"Members will consult and advise each other in a non-selling, non-competitive and confidential setting," says Thomas Wharton, a roundtable facilitator. "We expect participants to gain an informal board of directors and advisors. They'll hear multiple perspectives on business issues and problems in peer discussion and exchange management ideas and problems on a confidential basis."

Applications and registration information is available online or by calling 508-831-5075. Cost of membership in the roundtable is $1,600. An annual membership fee of $35 in the WPI Venture Forum and a one-time application fee is required.

Flu Prevention Clinic
As a convenience for students, faculty and staff, the WPI Health Center, in collaboration with Maxim Health Systems, will hold a flu and meningitis vaccination clinic in the Taylor Room, Campus Center, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The cost is $83 for a meningitis vaccination and $18 for a flu shot. For more information, call the Health Center at ext. 5220 or visit the Health Center Web site.

Trick and Treats at Gordon Library
Members of the WPI community are invited to the main floor of the Gordon Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Halloween with free food, raffles, gifts--and presentations by representatives from the companies behind the library's most popular electronic resources and services, including the American Chemical Society, Elsevier (ScienceDirect), Knovel, LEXIS-NEXIS, ProQuest (ABI Inform), the WPI Archives and the WPI Web Development Office. Be there... if you dare!


New Humanities and Arts Head Named
Patrick J. M. Quinn has assumed the post of head of the Humanities and Arts Department after 10 years in England at University College Northampton, where he was head of the English department and professor of English literature.

Quinn earned a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, and holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of Ottawa and a B.A. in English and history from the University of Guelph, both in Ontario.

At WPI, he will continue his research into the literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has written or edited 10 books on the literature of the Great War and its aftermath on English and American society. He is the general editor of the 24-volume Robert Graves Programme being published by Carcanet Press in the United Kingdom.

New Faces on Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following new employees: Randall Harris, laboratory manager, Fire Protection Engineering; Brenda McDonald, administrative secretary IV, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Caroline McHugh, assistant director, Admissions Office; Cindy Philbrick, administrative secretary IV, Development and University Relations, and Cornelius Spellman, officer, Campus Police.

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

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

For summaries of where WPI has been in the news, please visit the official WPI In the News section of the WPI Web site.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Thursday, Oct. 24, noon, "Nano-Engineering of Alternative Dielectrics for the Next Generation of Microelectronics," Christos Takoudis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Higgins Labs 218 (refreshments at 11:45 a.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 31, noon, "Electrochemical Hydrogen Compressors: From Henry Maget to Today," David Bloomfield, Analytic Energy Division Chevron/Texaco, Higgins Labs 218 (refreshments at 11:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., "Sexual Assault Investigations: A Forensic Science Perspective," Dominique Savinelli, State Police Crime Laboratory, Danvers and Sudbury, Mass., Kinnicutt Hall 115.

Thursday, Oct. 31, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m., "Motionless Flight," Harvey Howell, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.)

"Valuation in Today's Challenging Economic Environment," Elliot T. Williams, president of RCW Mirus. Case presenter: Chad Joshi, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Energen. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.), Campus Center, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., IT Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in 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, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., IT Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit www.ce.wpi.edu.

Publications & Presentations

Bergendahl, J.A., and Thies, T., "Advanced Oxidation of MTBE with Zero-valent Iron and Hydrogen Peroxide," 34th Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., Sept. 21, 2002.

O'Shaughnessy, J., Bergendahl, J.A., and Sykes, D., "Heat Liberation During Advanced Oxidation of High-strength Wastewater," 34th Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., Sept. 20, 2002.

Wong, Karen; Plummer, Jeanine. D.; and Long, Sharon C. "Ultrasound as a Sole or Synergistic Disinfectant in Drinking Water Treatment," American Water Works Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, La., June 16-20, 2002.

Plummer, Jeanine D., and Edzwald, James K. "Effects of Chlorine and Ozone on Algal Cell Properties and Removal of Algae by Coagulation," Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-AQUA, 51(6), 307-318.

Recent Grants

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Thompson, R., N. Gatsonis and W. McGimpsey, for "NIRT: Experimental and Computational Investigations of Fluid Properties and Transport Phenomena in Nanodomains with Controlled Surface Properties," from the National Science Foundation, $622,350.

Ma, Y.H., "Ultra-thin Pa & Pd/Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Reaction Applications," from Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., $586,658.

Mullen, J., for "CRCD: Integration of High-performance Computing in Nanotechnology," from the University of Oklahoma, $18,693.

Ray, M., and C. Plaxico, for "Simulation and Analysis of a Guardrail System Impacted (with x-44 posts) by a ¾-ton Pickup Truck," from Battelle Memorial Laboratories, $9,900.

Ray, M., and J. Weir, for "ATSSA Guardrail Installation Level II Training Course," from the American Traffic Safety Services Association, $29,075.

Clements, K., for "Stochastic OPF and Transaction Monitoring in Deregulated Power Markets," from the National Science Foundation, $73,445.

Woycheese, J., for "Web-based Resources for Fire Science," from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $92,295.

Barnett, J. and D. Lucht, for "Methods for Analyzing Thermal Decomposition Products from Interaction of C6-F-Ketone with Flame Front," from 3M Specialty Materials, $20,280

Sullivan, J., for "Development and Refinement of Registration and Warping Algorithms Necessary to Transform MRI and Histological Images into a Standardized Reference Space," from the UMass Medical School, $72,853.

Total September grants and contacts awarded: $1,525,549.

Worth Noting

WPI Appoints Francis Manning Professor
Stephen L. Matson was recently appointed to the newly created Francis Manning Chair in chemical engineering. A pioneer and champion of new membrane reactor technologies, Matson joins WPI after a successful 20-year career in the private sector. He has a track record of not only conceiving new technologies, but developing them into successful commercial ventures, most notably as a co-founder of the publicly traded, specialty pharmaceutical company, Sepracor. His numerous accomplishments led to his election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and as director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

At WPI, Matson will continue his exploration into synthetic membranes, focusing on membrane reactors as platforms for applications as diverse as advanced chemical processing and high-throughput DNA sequencing. Like much of his work, these problems involve both fundamental aspects of chemical engineering science and applications. He also hopes to begin work on the fabrication and exploitation of ultrathin films from a variety of "interesting" and somewhat exotic materials, such as self-assembling liquid crystals.

"We are blessed to have such an esteemed and well-known researcher, scholar and entrepreneur as Steve Matson join us here at WPI," says Ravindra Datta, head of the Chemical Engineering Department. "I think this speaks highly of our department and WPI. Additionally, for our students, Matson will be an extremely positive influence in imparting his real-world, commercial experience and excitement about the discipline to guide future engineers and researchers."

Matson earned a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell and a Ph.D. in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has been a leader in developing membrane reactors. His work is considered by many as the first to envision and demonstrate the use of catalytic membranes for practical applications, and has been honored by such organizations as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, which presented Matson with its Professional Progress Award in 1993, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, which named him a fellow in 1997.

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