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Professor Lou Albright has retired

Dec 15, 2010

Professor Lou Albright, after 37 years of service to our department, has retired and been honored with Professor Emeritus status

Cornell takes the plunge into algal biofuels

Dec 14, 2010

Professor Beth Ahner is part of a consortium of researchers led by Cellana, an algal biofuel research company based in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Professor Ahner's focus is researching lipid biosynthesis and algal physiology to develop diagnostic tools to monitor algal cultures. Read more

Associate Professor Lars Angenent

Congratulations to BEE Associate Professor Lars Angenent

Nov 15, 2010

Congratulations to BEE Associate Professor Lars Angenent for receiving tenure! Granted November 2010.

Focus on Bioanalysis

Nov 6, 2010

Professor Antje Baeumner is a Guest Editor for the Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry Special Review Issue, Volume 398, No. 6, November 2010. Read more

Cuomo transition team member to speak at Environment Conference

Nov 4, 2010

The Business Council of New York State is sponsoring the 33rd Annual Industry-Environment Conference, bringing together experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State. Jim Malatras, Deputy Policy Advisor to Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is the featured speaker. The conference will also feature BEE's Professor Larry Walker as the keynote speaker at the Thursday, November 18th luncheon. Dr. Walker will "share his thoughts on the developments in the field of biotechnology and how business is impacted by its growth. He will also talk about innovative solutions to the energy and environmental challenges facing the country".

Congratulations to Lauren Matlock

Aug 15, 2010

Lauren Matlock, a PhD student with Professor Antje Baeumner, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Fellow in the Sustainable Materials IGERT Program of the CCMR. Congratulations, Lauren!

Todd Anderson

Congratulations to Todd Anderson

Jul 15, 2010

Todd Anderson, a PhD student with Professor Todd Walter in the Soil and Water Lab, has won 2nd place in the Poster Presentation at the NABEC 2010 meeting in Geneva, NY. Congratulations, Todd!

Professor Yves Parlange has retired

Jul 15, 2010

Professor Yves Parlange, after 25 years of service to the BEE department, has retired and been appointed to Professor Emeritus status.

Emeritus Professor J. Robert Cooke has published a booklet

Jul 15, 2010

Emeritus Professor J. Robert Cooke has published a booklet he wrote for his major advisor at North Carolina State University, Dr. Henry Bowen, on his retirement in 1991, titled "The Theses, Papers and Publications of Henry D. Bowen and His Students - 1952-1991". As posted on eCommons @Cornell: This compilation was prepared as a tribute to Henry D. Bowen when he was conferred emeritus status ... Bowen's creative influence deeply affected the topics that his graduate students deemed worthy of pursuit in their own careers ... He had an instinct for sensing the heart of an unsolved problem and then determining a path that would lead to a deeper understanding that led to an engineering solution. Read more

Cornell Local Roads Program Recognized for its outstanding research

Jul 15, 2010

Cornell Local Roads Program Recognized for its outstanding research by the National Research Council, National Conference at Virginia Tech and Jiangsu Transportation Research Institute in China. Professor Lynne Irwin and Senior Extension Associate David Orr each have been invited to chair one of eight panels that review national pavement research policy and accomplishments by the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board. About once every twenty years the NRC impanels a small group of researchers to review national pavement research policy and accomplishments. It is extraordinary for both Lynne and David to be asked chair panels, as it is highly unusual to have more than one individual from an institution to be asked. Congratulations, Lynne and David. Professor Lynne Irwin has also been asked to make the keynote presentation related to Structural Analysis Methods at the National Conference on Pavement Evaluation to be held at Virginia Tech in October, 2010. Lynne's presentation will be titled, "Pavement Structural Evaluation: Where We Are and Where We Are Going". This conference is attended by over 400 practitioners and researchers. Professor Lynne Irwin has been asked to conduct a seminar on "How we calibrate falling weight deflectometers" at the Jiangsu Transportation Research Institute in China. Read more

Congratulations to Shane Rothermel and Scott Tucker

Jul 15, 2010

Shane Rothermel and Scott Tucker, BE'10, have won second place in the 2010 NABEC-ASABE Student Design Competition for their design project, "Farm-Based Two-Phase Thermophilic Anaerobic Codigestion Process for Dairy Manure". Their research was accomplished in the Angenent Lab. Congratulations!

Emeritus Professor Gerry Rehkugler

Emeritus Professor Gerry Rehkugler has been refurbishing and cataloguing BEE's Rau Plow collection

Jul 15, 2010

Emeritus Professor Gerry Rehkugler has been refurbishing and cataloguing BEE's Rau Plow collection. The plows, made in Germany, were displayed at the 1867 Paris World Fair where they caught the eye of A.D. White, who wrote to Ezra Cornell that he had "rarely seen anything of late more interesting." The collection was exhibited at county fairs all across New York State.

Instant Testing for Sore Throats wins the CIMIT Primary Healthcare Prize

Jul 15, 2010

Mark Hartman, a PhD Candidate in the Luo Lab, "will lead the team chosen to receive the $150,000 top honor in the 2010 CIMIT Prize in Primary Healthcare competition. His team's project seeks to apply novel DNA-based 'fluorescence nanobarcodes' as a platform technology for multiplexed rapid clinical diagnoses in primary care." Congratulations, Mark! Read more

Mike Campolongo

Congratulations Mike Campolongo

Jul 15, 2010

Mike Campolongo, a BME PhD Candidate who works in the Luo Lab, has won a "Best Scientific Achievement" award from the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) for his poster presented at a users meeting. His poster was selected as the best out of the 53 entries presented. Congratulations, Mike!

Practical aspects of methane production from agricultural wastes

BEE Professors Lars Angenent and Norm Scott have co-authored a chapter

Jul 15, 2010

BEE Professors Lars Angenent and Norm Scott have co-authored a chapter, Practical aspects of methane production from agricultural wastes, for the recently published book, BIOFUELS from Agricultural Wastes and Byproducts, by Blaschek, Ezeji and Scheffran (Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA). From the book description: "Traditional agriculture and emerging biofuels technology produce a number of wastes and by-products, ranging from corn fiber and glycerin to animal manure, that have the potential to serve as the basis for additional sources of bioenergy that includes both liquid biofuels and biogas."

Mike Walsh

Congratulations to Mike Walsh

Jul 15, 2010

Mike Walsh: Creating the new, transformed information exchange. This article in the Summer 2010 EZRA Magazine discusses the online class BEE 3299, Sustainable Development, created by Professor Norm Scott and now also taught by Professor Mike Walter. Mike Walsh, a Ph.D. candidate in Professor Beth Ahner's lab, has been the course TA for two semester. Per Mike Walsh, "the key to using technology to enhance the educational and student experience is online collaborative software".

Todd Walter

Congratulations to Todd Walter

Jul 15, 2010

BEE is pleased to announce that Professor Todd Walter has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations, Todd!

Professor John March and Research Associate Faping Duan's article has been selected for the Faculty of 1000 Biology

Jun 22, 2010

Professor John March and Research Associate Faping Duan's article, Engineered bacterial communication prevents Vibrio cholerae virulence in an infant mouse model, Duan F, March JC Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2010 Jun 22 107(25):11260-4, has been selected for the Faculty of 1000 Biology, an online service that highlights and evaluates the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences. The review, by Harvard Professor Roy Kishony: Faculty of 1000 Biology, 10 Aug 2010, states "In this simple but elegant study, Duan and March demonstrate that an engineered strain of E. coli can dramatically improve the survival of infant mice infected with Vibrio cholerae by using chemical communication to make the pathogen play nice". The review goes on to state "this work is an important proof-of-principle ... and should serve as timely inspiration for pursuing similar ideas of cross-species communication in other contexts". Read more

Engineered bacterial communication prevents Vibrio cholerae virulence in an infant mouse model

Jun 21, 2010

Professor John March and BEE Research Associate Faping Duan's article is featured in "PNAS Early Edition" (PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA). From the article abstract: "This finding points to an easily administered and inexpensive approach where commensal bacteria are engineered to communicate with invasive species and potentially prevent human disease". Read more

Engineering faculty establish MIB program at Cornell

Jun 16, 2010

Assoc. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE, Prof. Larry Walker, BEE, and Asst Prof. Jeff Varner, CBE, received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Program. The MIB program will cultivate the next generation of highly trained US graduate students to meet the growing needs of biotechnology employers, introducing students to the broad, interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology by integrating a curriculum of modern biology, bioengineering, and business courses with in-depth, hands-on biotechnology research training. With assistance from a 15-member industrial advisory board and over 40 faculty from 19 academic departments, every effort will be made to recruit the most talented US citizens from diverse disciplines. Read more

Cornell Reunion

Reunion 2010: BEE welcomed alumni and current and former faculty

Jun 12, 2010

Reunion 2010: BEE welcomed alumni and current and former faculty on Saturday, June 12th, from noon to 1:30. Emeritus Professor Gerry Rehkugler arranged a display of our Rau model plow collection, we also had demonstrated talks held in the highway lab, the Soil & Water Lab by the colloid group, in the Bioanalytical Microsystems & Biosensors Lab and in the Metabolic and Signal Engineering Lab. On Friday, June 11th, Professor Lars Angenent participated as a panelist for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture "Renewable Energy Research and Development at Cornell University" from 1:00 - 2:30pm in the Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.

The Cornell Local Roads Program held their 65th Annual Highway School

Jun 7, 2010

The Cornell Local Roads Program, Director: Professor Lynne Irwin, held their 65th Annual Highway School on June 7-9, 2010 in Phillips Hall (Emerson Suites) at Ithaca College. There were over 700 attendees.

Congratulations to Professor Kifle Gebremedhin and Professor Dan Luo

May 26, 2010

Professor Kifle Gebremedhin and Professor Dan Luo were honored by 2010 Merrill Scholars Steven Linderman, BE'10 and Ricky Park, BE'10, respectively, as the "teachers most influential in their development". Teachers and students were recognized at the 22nd Annual Merrill Presidential Scholars convocation on May 26th in Willard Straight Hall.

Sun Grant conference to explore biofuels, biopower

May 24, 2010

The Northeast Sun Grant Initiative, directed by Professor Larry Walker, is hosting the 2010 Northeast Conference, "Championing the Northeast's participation in the National Bioenergy Agenda" at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel on May 24-26th. The event includes panel discussions, working groups, various speakers and a poster session. Registration . Read more

CIFS Food Safety Group

Congratulations to Antje Baeumner

May 15, 2010

Professor Antje Baeumner is part of the Cornell Institute of Food Science's Food Safety Group that has received the International Association for Food Protection's 2010 GMA Food Safety Award.

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo

May 15, 2010

Professor Dan Luo's letter of intent proposal, "Self amplifying DNA polymers for POC diagnosis through a portable CMOS sensor" has been accepted as a finalist for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Point-of-Car Diagnostics Grant Initiative. A full proposal will be sent in to the final round of the competition.

Thousandfold Improvement in Solar Photobioreactors Using Advanced Photonics

CCSF Academic Venture Fund

May 15, 2010

Professors Lars Angenent and Tammo Steenhuis have received Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future (CCSF) Academic Venture Fund (AVF) Awards 2010. Professor Angenent, with co-investigators David Erickson and David Sinton (MAE) will be working on "Thousandfold Improvement in Solar Photobioreactors Using Advanced Photonics" (picture). Professor Steenhuis, with co-investigator Gail Holst-Warhaft (A&S), will be working on "Water Governance in the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East". The AVF is "designed to stimulate new, original, multidisciplinary research at Cornell in sustainability science".

Congratulations to Michael Timmons

May 15, 2010

Professor Michael Timmons received the 2010 Meritorious Service Award from the Aquacultural Engineering Society. The aim of the Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) is to provide a means by which its members can come together to discuss engineering problems related to aquaculture. AES works closely with other professional societies which also address aquaculture needs and issues in a more general sense. AES serves as a united voice for aquacultural engineering in the general aquacultural community and provides an engineering perspective to the problems and proposed solutions to these problems. AES serves as an authoritative source of information on aquacultural engineering and provides engineering support to initiatives from or for the aquaculture industry. Congratulations, Mike!

Losing Paradise: The Water Crisis in the Mediterranean

Professor Tammo Steenhuis has co-authored a book

May 11, 2010

Professor Tammo Steenhuis has co-authored a book with Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft, Director, Mediterranean Studies Initiative entitled, "Losing Paradise: The Water Crisis in the Mediterranean". From the preface, " The current problems of water will not be solved by technology, law or politics, and yet all these must play a role if we are to overcome the crisis." The authors held a book signing at the Cornell Store on May 11th

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Professor Ashim Datta

Apr 27, 2010

Professor Ashim Datta has been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Here are some of his student's comments: "Professor Datta is quick to work with students and assess their progress in order to improve his teaching methods", "I enjoyed having Prof. Datta as a teacher, found his course very informative, and was very impressed with the care he showed towards us learning the material ... 3500 was a fantastic course", "I will never have another professor quite like Professor Datta. This man pours his heart and soul into everything he does". Congratulations, Ashim!

Professor Yves Parlange

Cornell Lands for horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing

Apr 22, 2010

Professor Yves Parlange has been appointed by Provost Kent Fuchs to the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Leasing of Land for Exploration and Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale. The committee was formed at the behest of the Faculty Senate and will develop proposed guidelines for the University administration on leasing Cornell lands for horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing. A public meeting, with comments encouraged, will be held in the David L. Call Alumni Auditorium on Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Professor Norm Scott

Cow Power: Manure Revolutionizing Electricity

Apr 15, 2010

Kristen Vitro, a SNES major, under the mentorship of Professor Norm Scott, is researching what she believes might be the key to solving the worldwide problem of animal waste. This story is in The Research Paper Magazine and is written by Tony Lin, CALS'13.

Professor Dan Luo

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo

Apr 15, 2010

Professor Dan Luo has received the Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Board Award 2010. The award honors younger scientists (within 15 years of attaining their doctorate) who have made significant contributions to the materials chemistry field. Professor Luo will be presenting three award lectures, and will be given a lead article in the journal. His work will be showcased on the back cover of the issue in which his article is published. Congratulations, Dan!

IBE/AE Ice Cream Social

Thank you to IBE and AE

Apr 15, 2010

Thank you to IBE and AE for hosting an ice cream social and 4-square in the Riley Robb Courtyard!

Jason Kahn

Congratulations to Jason Kahn

Apr 15, 2010

Jason Kahn, a PhD student in the Luo Lab, has been offered two prestigious fellowships, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the US Department of Energy New Graduate Fellowship in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. This is a great honor, and now he will have the difficult decision regarding which fellowship to accept. Congratulations, Jason!

Congratulations to the BRL

Apr 15, 2010

The Riley Robb Hall Biofuels Research Lab (BRL), under the direction of Professor Larry Walker, has been certified LEED Gold. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work made this possible.

Congratulations to Jessica Ye

Apr 15, 2010

Jessica Ye, BE/ChemE'12, an undergraduate researcher in the Luo Lab, has been awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships in the US. Congratulations, Jessica!

LIVING MACHINES: Genetically engineering solutions to win.

LIVING MACHINES: Genetically engineering solutions to win

Apr 15, 2010

Ben Cammarata, BE'11, Matt Hall, BE'10, Alyssa Henning (pictured), BE'11, and their fellow iGEM teammates are featured in the cover article for the Spring 10 College of Engineering Magazine. The team won a bronze medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition at MIT in 2009.

Christian Guzman

Congratulations to Christian Guzman

Apr 15, 2010

Christian Guzman, a PhD student in the Soil and Water Lab, has received an NSF Graduate Fellowship Award, an EPA STAR grant, and was also awarded a Fellowship with Cornell's CIIFAD IGERT, Food Systems and Poverty Reduction. Congratulations, Christian!

Tilapia Tanks

A letter from Haiti: Two sons of the founder of Project Double Harvest developed a tilapia project

Apr 15, 2010

A letter from Haiti: Two sons of the founder of Project Double Harvest developed a tilapia project in Haiti with the purpose of establishing an agricultural project that would reap an increase in the harvest from the land as well as provide spiritual well-being. They started the project after taking Professor Mike Timmons' short course, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems . The course gives a thorough coverage of the design, operation and management of water reuse systems for finfish. One of the sons, Joe Van Wingerden, wrote the following to Dr. Timmons after the earthquake: Just a quick update on the tilapia project in Haiti. The tanks and fish survived the devastating earthquake even though 70% of the structures surrounding our project were destroyed. During the quake, the gates opened and all of the fish sizes intermingled [easily remedied] After the quake, we fed 20 thousand pounds of tilapia to the local villages. The fish provided much needed protein until supplies from other nations arrived. We are now in the process of building our next set of tanks to increase production. The Haitians love our fish. [picture shows the tilapia tanks which can hold up to 100,000 fish].

Congratulations to Alisa Royem

Apr 15, 2010

Alisa Royem, an MS student in Natural Resources who works with Professor Todd Walter, has received a Tinker Grant to travel to Chile to obtain preliminary data to assess the impact of salmon farms on water quality. Congratulations, Alisa!

Professor Yves Parlange

Alfred Wegener Medal & Honorary Membership 2010

Apr 15, 2010

The Alfred Wegener Medal has been awarded by the European Geosciences Union to Professor Yves Parlange for "his fundamental contributions to improved understanding and description of the geophysical aspects of transport in soils, aquifers and other porous materials". Congratulations, Yves!

Josephine Archibald

Congratulations to Josephine Archibald

Apr 15, 2010

Josephine Archibald, a PhD student in the Soil and Water Lab, has been awarded a fellowship from the Council of Women World Leaders and will spend at least 10 weeks abroad working with the Ministry of the Environment in Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD program is with Professor Todd Walter doing research with phosphorus biogeochemistry and environmental microbial ecology. Josephine is also BEE's Outstanding Teaching Assistant for AY 2009/2010, awarded for "distinguished performance ... competence, responsibility and dedication". Congratulations, Jo!

Mike Walter

Congratulations Mike Walter

Apr 15, 2010

Professor Mike Walter has won a 2010 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award. The award recognizes " sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising". Julie Leviter, who named Professor Walter as the faculty member who "most significantly impacted her Cornell experience" as part of her Merrill award, wrote in her Carpenter support letter, "Prof. Walter was working by my side to assist in any problems that I encountered or questions that I had from the moment I stepped onto the Cornell campus ... I don't know how many times I have barged into his office with an urgent problem and completely stressed out, and then left with a smile on my face and assured that it will all work out. He's Great!". Many other students, and the awards committee, agreed. Congratulations, Mike!

Mark Levatich, BE'10 has developed an invention

Apr 15, 2010

Mark Levatich, BE'10 has developed an invention for a skull base sealer to help surgeons repair holes in the base of the skull after surgery. He is featured in the Spring 2010 EZRA magazine article, Nurturing big ideas at Cornell University: Planting seeds of innovation in the classroom . He was also awarded finalist status in the US Patent Office 2009 Collegiate Inventors Competition; see the Cornell Chronicle October 2009 article, Student inventions -- artificial tissue networks and a skull base sealer -- honored in competition. Read more

BioExpo 2010

The 8th Annual IBE BioExpo: Integrating Innovation and Industry

Mar 18, 2010

The 8th Annual IBE BioExpo: Integrating Innovation and Industry, was held on March 18th in the Duffield atrium. The BioExpo is held annually to promote current research in biological, biomedical and environmental science. Along with poster presentations, BioExpo also features speakers from industry and academia, and a company showcase with networking opportunities. The winner of the $500 Zuckerman Prize for Excellence in Student Biological Engineering Research was Sunjoo Park, BE '11, The effect of IGF-1 on meniscal fibrochondocytes seeded in alginate scaffold. Second place ($250.00) went to Jimmy Wang, BIO '12, Breast tumor secreted factors cause human adipose derived stem cells to have altered differentiation. Third place ($100.00) went to Christine Yoon, BE '12, Effects of mechanical cues from the breast cancer microenvironment on host tissue progenitor cells. Congratulations to the award winners and thank you to everyone involved with this event.

Professor Antje Baeumner

Professor Antje Baeumner is chairing the 2010 Gordon Research Conference

Mar 15, 2010

Professor Antje Baeumner is chairing the 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors and is the discussion leader for the Keynote Session. The conference will be held in June 2010 at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH.

The Cornell Chapter of Alpha Epsilon held a spaghetti lunch fundraiser

Mar 15, 2010

The Cornell Chapter of Alpha Epsilon, a national honor society for outstanding biological and agricultural engineers, held a spaghetti lunch fundraiser in Room 400 Riley Robb. It was a fun and successful event. The funds will be used for developing informational and social events for Alpha Epsilon members and the Cornell community. See the AE blog for more pictures. Read more

BEE Senior Extension Associate Larry Geohring gave a presentation

Mar 15, 2010

BEE Senior Extension Associate Larry Geohring gave a presentation entitled, "Hydrology Concerns and Applications" for the Agricultural Environmental Management Planner Certification Course held at the Water Quality Symposium in March, 2010. This effort is part of a partnership with the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee intending to educate on comprehensive nutrient management planning (CNMP).

The Cornell Chapter of Alpha Epsilon sent 12 member to participate in a service project

Mar 15, 2010

The Cornell Chapter of Alpha Epsilon, the honor society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers, sent 12 member to participate in a service project with Lansing's Community Building Works. Organized by Ben Heavner, PhD student, and Allison Truhlar, BE'11, the work group participated in cutting wood, installing tile, fitting windows and other activities at a local house building project as part of the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service program to provide a first-time homebuyer with safe, affordable, green and financially stable home ownership. The group advisor is Professor Jim Bartsch.

IBE Annual Meeting

Members of the Angenent Lab attended the IBE Annual Meeting

Mar 4, 2010

Members of the Angenent Lab attended the IBE Annual Meeting in Cambridge, MA held March 4-6, 2010. Matt Agler, PhD Student, Arvind Venkataraman, PhD Student, Hanno Richter, Research Associate, Jeff Werner, Research Associate, and Miriam Rosenbaum, Research Associate, made oral presentations in the Biofuels, Engineering Ecology and Biological Engineering Design sessions of the conference. Roxanne Li, BE'12, (pictured) entered the student poster presentation.

Todd Walter

Water: the new liquid gold - local to global impacts for agriculture

Jan 15, 2010

Professor Todd Walter has accepted an invitation to be a panelist at the New York State Agricultural Society's 178th Annual Meeting & Agricultural Forum, January 2010. His presentation will focus on social science research - examining how and why stakeholders make decisions that impact water quality.

Governor Paterson signs executive order to reduce New York's greenhouse gas pollution

Jan 15, 2010

Professor Larry Walker is working on the New York State Climate Action Plan at the request of Allan Belensz, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a part of Executive Order No. 24. Professor Walker is participating in both the "Integration Panel" and the "Biofuels Technical Work Group". A draft plan to meet the goals established by Governor David Paterson is expected in August. Read more

Aparna Ashok

Congratulations Aparna Ashok

Jan 15, 2010

Aparna Ashok, BE'12, has been selected as an award recipient for the 2010-11 Merck Engineering and Technology Fellowship Program. The award includes a summer internship and a grant towards tuition. Aparna is on the Executive Board of Cornell's Student Chapter of the Institute of Biological Engineers and was a member of the 2009 Solar Decathlon Team. Congratulations, Aparna!