April 7, 2005

Around Campus

Ray Kurzweil to Speak at Commencement

Ray Kurzweil, noted inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist, will be the speaker at WPI's 137th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. He will receive an honorary doctorate. In his address, titled "When Humans Transcend Biology," he will discuss his ideas on the future interplay between mankind and artificial intelligence. This is also the topic of his forthcoming book, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, due out in September. Kurzweil's other books include The Age of Intelligent Machines, and the best-selling The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence.

Berkey Inauguration Set For May 20

On Friday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m., members of the WPI community will join alumni, friends and honored guests on the Quadrangle (rain location: Harrington Auditorium) to celebrate the inauguration and investiture of Dennis D. Berkey as WPI's 15th president. The historic ceremony, steeped in tradition, will feature an address by the president to alumni, students, faculty, staff, representatives of other colleges and universities, learned societies, and other important groups. For more information or to register, visit the inauguration webpage.

April: A Month to Celebrate WPI's History and the Achievement of Its Students

Six Win First Women of Strength Awards

The winners of WPI's first Women of Strength Award were announced on March 31:

The award, co-sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, recognizes female students, staff, and faculty who demonstrate strength of character, community spirit, and leadership; serve as role models; and are committed to improving the quality of life for women at WPI.

WPI Authors Speak at Library Week Event

On Monday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in its third-floor gallery, the Gordon Library celebrates National Library Week (April 10-16) with "Thrillers and Romances: Alumni Authors Talk about Writing." Featured will be

After the talks, the authors will sign copies of their books. Light refreshments will be served.

People

McGimpsey Named New BEI Director

Provost Carol Simpson announced last week that W. Grant McGimpsey, a leading nanoscience researcher, has been named the new director of WPI's Bioengineering Institute (BEI). He was previously BEI's associate director of business development. Former director Timothy R. Gerrity has movied on to launch a BEI-developed, Worcester-based company that will facilitate technology transfer. McGimpsey will continue as director of BEI's Center for Molecular Engineering, which is investigating the link between molecular engineering and biological systems to facilitate the self-assembly of biomolecules into complex structures capable of carrying out highly sophisticated functions.

WPI Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Molly L. Conforte '06, a biomedical engineering major, has been named a 2005 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Goldwater scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors who have records of outstanding academic performance, and who have demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in research in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Previous winners are Helen Hanson '06, Matthew Black '05, David LeRay '05, Ann C. Skulas '05, Ravi Srinivasen '04, Jack Waddell '03, Yakov Kronrod '02, and Erik Aldredge '95.

Aravind Elected Fellow of Physics Society

P. K. Aravind, professor of physics, has been elected a fellow of the London-based Institute of Physics. This senior class of membership is reserved for individuals with a high level of achievement and outstanding contributions to the profession. Aravind, whose research is in quantum mechanics and quantum information theory, joins WPI professor L. R. Ram-Mohan as a fellow of IOP.

Publications and Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Pavlik, J. W., and S. Laohhasurayotin, "Synthesis and Spectroscopic Properties of Some Dideuterated Cyanopyridines," in Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, 2005, 42, 73-76.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Plummer, J. D. "Impacts of Algae on Source Water Quality, presented at the AWWA Source Water Protection Symposium, Jan. 23-25, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Plummer, J. D., S. C. Long, A. A. Roberts, L. M. Rudge, M. E. Aull, and T. Tauscher, "Integrated Watershed Monitoring and Management Using Traditional and Microbial Source Tracking Tools," presented at the AWWA Source Water Protection Symposium, Jan. 23-26, 2005, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Long, S. C., and J. D. Plummer, "Assessing Land Use Impacts on Water Quality Using Microbial Source Tracking," in Journal of the American Water Resources Association 40 (6), 1433-1448, (2004).

Plummer, J. D., and S. C. Long, Sonication as an Alternative Disinfectant for Escherichia coli and MS2 Coliphage in Drinking Waters," in Journal of the New England Water Works Association 118 (4), 240-252, (2004).

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., "Musical Analysis of the 'Mojo Man' [S1596] Excerpt," article commissioned for the UniVibes Web site (univibes.com), March 28, 2005.

Falco, Richard, conductor of this year's Rhode Island Music Educators' Association's All State Jazz Orchestra; concert program presented March 17, 2005, at Rhode Island College.

Higgins, Lorraine, "Teaching Ethics and the Discourse of Professionalism," presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, March 17, 2005.

Materials Science and Engineering

Apelian, Diran, "Metals Industry," presented at the roundtable discussion on the Globalization of Materials Research and Development, Feb. 14, 2005.

DiSabatino, Marisa, Sumanth Shankar, Diran Apelian, and Lars Arnberg, "Influence of Temperature and Alloying Elements on Fluidity of Al-Si Alloys," presented at the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Chaudhury, Sujoy and Diran Apelian, "Fluidized Bed Heat Treatment of Cast Al Alloys," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Saha, Deepak, Sumanth Shankar, Diran Apelian, and Makhlouf Makhlouf, "Controlled Diffusion Solidification: Manufacturing Quality Net-Shaped Al-Based Wrought Alloy Parts," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Shankar, Sumanth, and Makhlouf Makhlouf, "Mechanism of Eutectic Solidification of Aluminum-Silicon Alloys," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Shankar, Sumanth, and Makhlouf Makhlouf, "Chemical Modification of the Morphology of the Eutectic Phases in Hypoeutectic Aluminum-Silicon Alloys," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Sisson, Jr., Richard D., "Carburization Process Modeling," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Bernier, Jeremy, G. Levan, Sudha Bose, Md Maniruzzaman, and Richard D. Sisson, Jr., "Crystallographic Texture of EB-PBD TBCs on Stationary Flat Surfaces in a Multiple Ingot Chamber," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Karabelchtchikova, Olga, and Iris V. Rivero, "Investigation of Residual Stresses Superposition of D2 Dies Due to Heat Treatment and Multipass Grinding," presented at TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Karabelchtchikova, Olga, and Simon M. Hsiang, "Modeling of Residual Stresses Via Grinding Dynamics Using Second-Order Damping System," presented at the TMS 134th annual meeting and exhibition, San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 2005.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetriou, M. A., joined the editorial board of the International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, as an associate editor

Demetriou, M. A., elevated to Senior Member of AIAA.

Demetriou, M. A., and R. Potami, "Optimization of Actuator Placement and Hybrid Controller Design in Fexible Plates Using PZT Actuators," in proceedings. 12th SPIE Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, San Diego, March 6-10.

Sweeney, R. J., M. A. Demetriou, and K. M. Grigoriadis, "Experimental Verification of an Analytical Bound H-infinity Collocated Control Approach," in proceedings of the 12th SPIE Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, San Diego, March 6-10, 2005.

Provost's Office

Schachterle, Lance, Gary Shawver (NYU,) and Barbara Bordalejo (De Montfort University), "Collaborating on a Digital Edition of Cooper's The Bravo: A Work-in-Progress Report," Society for Textual Scholarship biennial conference, NYU, March 2005.

Health Insurance/Flexcomp Deadline

The deadline for making changes to your health insurance and Flexcomp plan is Friday, April 29. If you wish to participate in Flexcomp during the next fiscal year, or if you are waiving health and dental insurance and Flexcomp, you must complete the Annual Open Enrollment Form and return it to Human Resources by that deadline.

The Annual Open Enrollment process must be completed in order to comply with federal and state reporting requirements for the effective implementation of WPI's plans on July 1. Call ext. 5470 or e-mail human-resources@wpi.edu if you have any questions. Information on Open Enrollment can be found at the Human Resources website.

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