November 20, 2003

Around Campus

Share the Harvest

WPI employees interested in welcoming an international student to their Thanksgiving Day celebration are invited to call Janice Martin, International Students and Scholars Office, at ext. 6030 or jtmartin@wpi.edu before 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, to make arrangements.

IQPs Receive Special Commendation

In the Nov. 6 edition of @WPI, we announced the five projects that were chosen to receive the 2003 President’s IQP Awards. Five other projects were selected to receive Special Commendation Awards. They are:

Sustainable Development Mini-Guides

Students: Richard Ballard, Andrew Fowler, Collin Joyce and Jason Myatt
Advisor: Hossein Hakim

Solid Waste Management in Costa Rica and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Five Municipalities

Students: Brad Pelletier, Eryn Samuels and Adam Levesque
Advisors: Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld and H.J. Manzari

Developing an On-Line Community for Nurses

Students: Zachary Lewko, Houng Ly and Kevin Menard
Advisors: Rick Brown and Jim Demetry

Preservation and Restoration of Venetian Public Art: From the Completion of the Public Art Catalog to the Active Restoration Process

Students: Mark Elbag, Adam Epstein, James Hannigan and Elizabeth Rosinha
Advisors: Fabio Carrera and Guillermo Salazar

North Circular Road Environmental Improvement Initiative

Students: Jonathan Casey, Ramzi Kataya and Matthew Mara
Advisors: Jim Demetry and Rick Brown

Along with the five winning project teams, these students will be honored at a special event on Dec. 3, beginning at 1:45 p.m. in Higgins Labs Room 218, at which the winning teams will present the results of their projects to a panel of judges. The WPI community is invited.

Holiday Concert

WPI’s annual Holiday Concert, featuring the WPI Orchestra and Chorus, will take place Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Alden Memorial. For more information, call ext. 5696.

Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holidays

Thursday, Nov. 27
Friday, Nov. 28

Christmas Holidays

Thursday, Dec. 25
Friday, Dec. 26

Presidential Paid

Wednesday, Dec. 24

Personal Days

Monday, Dec. 29
Tuesday, Dec. 30
Wednesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Holidays

Thursday, Jan. 1
Friday, Jan. 2

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Memory Keys

While supplies last, the Computing and Communications Center is selling 64MB memory keys (also called flash drives) for $20 (30 percent off the regular price). These compact pen-sized computer storage media plug into the USB port on your computer (PCs and Macs). To purchase one, visit the information desk in the main CCC Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of Fuller Labs (cash or check accepted). To charge one to a WPI account, call Pat Stevenson at x 5136.

Campus Map Update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, contact Bonnie McCrea at ext. 5306 or mccrea@wpi.edu by Monday, Dec. 1. A revised map will be available Dec. 5 . The map is available at the Locations & Visiting site. Printing Services (ext. 5150) will print multiple copies for a fee.

People

Five New Members Join Board of Trustees

Four alumni and a senior executive at Hewlett-Packard recently joined the WPI Board of Trustees:

Orville A. Bailey '85 is co-founder, president and CEO of B2eMarkets Inc., a privately held company that provides a technology-based strategic sourcing solution for procuring goods and services. Previously, he was president of TPN Register, director of marketing at GEIS, and an executive with GE’s Corporate Business Development Group.

Steven Halstedt ‘68 is managing director of Centennial Ventures, which he co-founded in Denver, Colo., in 1981. The company, which has emerged as one of the most innovative venture capital firms in the rapidly changing world of communications, makes investments in the $2 trillion communications convergence market.

Roger J. Heinen Jr. '73 is managing director of Flagship Ventures in Cambridge, an entrepreneurship and venture capital firm that manages a total pool of committed capital approaching $600 million. Previously, Heinen was an executive, advisor and director for a number of technology companies, including Digital Equipment, Apple Computer and Microsoft. He has received both of WPI's alumni awards for professional achievement and an honorary doctorate in science.

Paul A. Lacouture ’72 is president, network services group, at Verizon Communications, where he is responsible for Verizon's domestic and international wireline local, long-distance, voice and data networks. Lacouture, who has had a distinguished career in telecommunications industry, led the recovery and restoration of the Verizon network after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is a member of WPI’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department advisory board.

Lueny Morell is director of university relations, Latin America, for Hewlett-Packard in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Previously, she was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she had also served as special assistant to the chancellor and the dean of engineering in charge of strategic alliances, new educational initiatives and outcomes assessment. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.S. from Stanford University.

Students Raise Funds for Hope Lodge

A first-year Orientation group recently held a bowl-a-thon that raised $300 for Hope Lodge in Worcester, which provides a temporary home for cancer patients who must travel to the area for treatment. The students decided to hold the fundraiser after visiting the facility this fall. They are Stephanie Lagare (event organizer), Chris Ceccarini, Charles Smith Tito Cruz, Wai-mun Leung, Katrina Hull, Stephanie Pals, Lee Sierad, Charlie Stakus, Jim Guadette, Dan Bylund, Estaban Paez, Steven Kalach, Thad James Curry, James Brien, Ben Miles, Susanne Rossignol, John Lear, Diane Otalvaro, Yekatrina Kazinik, Owen Roberts and Paul Sader. Jess Sexton ‘04 was also pivotal to the project.

Report From the Cabinet

October, 27 2003, Meeting Summary

Research Administration: Franc Lemire provided a detailed account of the services provided through his office, and data on recent success with raising awards over the $10 million mark. Discussion centered on whether the ORA had sufficient resources for a university our size with the current research volume.

Advisory Board Meeting: Provost Carney briefly reviewed the annual joint meeting of the department advisory boards, which included a plenary sessions on master and academic planning.

FY04 Budget Update: Judi Trainor reported that the projected deficit could be as high as $2.4 million this year, primarily due to the high cost of financial aid, the small size of the freshman class, and a decline in graduate enrollment. Other contributing factors are the vacancies in the residence halls, increased participation by employees in health and tuition plans, and the impact of the economy on annual giving. Immediate action is required to bring the current budget under control and to position WPI for a balanced budget in FY05.

Aviation Celebration: Bill Durgin thanked all who made the aviation speaker series and fly-in that constituted WPI’s celebration of the centennial of the Wright brothers’ first flight a success. The fly-in at the Worcester Airport attracted many planes (including a 1911 Wright Flier replica) and about 600 people.

Presidential Search: Janet Richardson reported that a search firm has been engaged, and that the search committee is expected to meet regularly.

Undergraduate Admissions Overview: Kevin Kelly provided detailed statistics on many aspects of the admissions process. Extensive discussion ensued with respect to what kinds of hypotheses should be framed and tested with such data in terms of our ultimate admissions goals. The consensus was that before the next cabinet session on admissions and financial aid (on Nov. 14), the cabinet should have in mind some hypotheses about future directions for admissions.

Publications and Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry

B.M. O'Hara, "The Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory System," Forensic Science Column (L.H. Berka, editor), NEACT Journal, vol. 22, no. 1, 10-13, Fall, 2003.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Emanuel, A. E., "Reflections on the Effective Voltage Concept," Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Power Definitions and Measurements Under Nonsinusoidal Conditions, Milano, Oct. 2003, pp.1-7.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J. "'A Mockery So Gross and Monstrous': Slavery in Dickens's Manuscript of American Notes for General Circulation," in Dickens Quarterly, vol. 20, no. 3, Sept. 2003, pp. 153-65.

Even, Susanne, Drama Grammatik, Dramapädagogische Ansätze für den Grammatikunterricht, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 2003, Iudicium Verlag GmbH.

Gottlieb, Roger S., This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, second edition, Routledge, January 2004.

Gottlieb, Roger S., "The Meaning and Promise of Religious Environmentalism," talk at Holy Cross, Nov. 6, 2003.

Menides, Laura J., "Maternal Embrace," a poem, in In Other Words, Ed. Leslie James. Denver: Western Reading Company, 2003, p. 25.

Mathematical Sciences

Servatius, Brigitte, "Two puzzles and their combinatorics," guest lecture at Colgate University, Oct. 21, 2003.

Servatius, Brigitte, "Combinatorial Pseudo-triangulations," colloquium at Syracuse University, Oct. 23, 2003.

Servatius, Herman, "Statics, Motion and Stress," guest lecture at Colgate University, Oct. 21, 2003.

Mechanical Engineering

Singh, P., Moon, Y., Dutta, D. and Kota, S., "Design of a Customized Multi-Directional Layered Deposition System Based on Part Geometry," Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, Aug. 4-6, 2003, Austin, Texas.

D. Apelian and S. K. Chaudhury, "Fluidized Bed Heat Treatment of Aluminum Cast Components," Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Thermal Process Modeling and Computer Simulation, Published by IFHTSE and SF2M, March 31-April 2, 2003, Nancy, France.

Deepak Saha, Rathindra Dasgupta, and Diran Apelian, "SSM Processing of Al-Si Alloys Utilizing the Concept of Diffusion Solidification," in the Proceedings of the NADCA Congress, Sept. 15-17, 2003.

Sujoy Chaudhury, Sumanth Shankar, Diran Apelian, James Van Wert, "Short Cycle Heat Treating with Fluidized Beds: Microstructure Evolution," in the Proceedings of the AFS Aluminum Structural Casting Conference, Orlando, Fla., published by AFS, Nov.2-4, 2003.

S. Shankar, Y.W Riddle, and M.M. Makhlouf, "Focused Ion Beam Milling: A Practical Method for Preparing Cast Al-Si Alloy Samples for Transmission Electron Microscopy," Metall. Trans., vol.34A, pp. 705-707, March 2003.

V. Warke, Md. Maniruzzaman, and M. Makhlouf, "Computer Simulation of the Removal of Solid Particles from Molten Aluminum in the Rotating Impeller Degasser," Light Metals Proceedings, edited by P. Crepeau, The 132nd TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif., pp. 893-899, March 2003.

Y.W. Riddle and M.M. Makhlouf, "Characterizing Solidification by Non-Equilibrium Thermal Analysis," Magnesium Technology 2003, edited by H.I. Kaplan, The 132nd TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif., pp. 101-106, March 2003.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

C. Demetry, D. DiBiasio, N.A. Mello, and R. Vaz, "Study Abroad in a Culture of Assessment," presented at the 6th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, Warwick, RI, October 23-26, 2003.

Did You Know

According to results of TheHealthSurvey, a study of health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors administered by WPI’s Healthy Alternatives during the winter of 2002-03:

96 percent of WPI students are moderate, light or non-drinkers
72 percent prefer not to have intoxicated peers at activities and events
93 percent never use other drugs
85 percent do not smoke
91 percent never get in physical fights

For more, visit HAO.

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