Grad student office space–student priorities

the dept will be forced to make some changes going forward in terms of student space. The details of this (timing, magnitude, etc) are all very uncertain, but there are upcoming projects that will change our space for students (Kimball renovation, CS move to Gates, et cetera) and it seems likely these will happen reasonably soon (in next 18 months for sure). The Sibley School director (Campbell) needs to identify priorities for how to best manage this. To this end, I encourage students to let me know what issues are most important for students–proximity to their advisor? proximity to friends? the kitchen? coffee machine? library? duffield? lab? lab members? desk size? network? refrigerator? upson hall? dept seminars? etc. I am not sending out a formal survey because I think people get sick of surverys. but I encourage you to email me or tell me in person–what are the key things you’d hope to gain if your office moved, and what are the key things you would fear losing if your office moved. Let me know

April 4 faculty meeting highlights

Excerpts from Apr 4 Faculty meeting that are (a) suitable for public disclosure and (b) perhaps of interest to the broad student community follow.
Unlike meeting minutes, which are official and approved by faculty vote, this summary is mine alone and has not been vetted or approved by the faculty.
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REMARKS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM DIRECTOR M. CAMPBELL (IN ABSENTIA, W. SACHSE SPEAKING)
Professor W. Sachse gave a brief update on Prof. Campbell’s behalf.

REMARKS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES – W. SACHSE
Professor W. Sachse announced that the mid-semester survey was completed and results were distributed to the faculty.
Professor W. Sachse discussed a number of administrative issues associated with grades and deadlines.

REMARKS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR GRADUATE STUDIES – B. KIRBY
Professor B. Kirby provided an update on the graduate admission process, including that the current early acceptance/rejections are in line with expectations from previous years.
Professor B. Kirby presented metrics he is developing for ranking graduate student applicants.
Professor B. Kirby presented a plan for graduate student recruiting and distributed copies of a proposal he has submitted to the Cornell University Graduate School to obtain funding for increasing the diversity of the Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering applicant pools.

REPORTS FROM REGULAR SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES.
No reports were presented.

STATUS OF FACULTY SEARCHES – M. PSIAKI (SPACE)/E. GARCIA (SYSTEMS).
Professor M. Psiaki announced dates for upcoming on-site interviews for the space search.
Professor E. Garcia announced a schedule for a final decision on the systems search.

PRESENTATION OF SYLLABET FOR MAE 4260 – R. SHEPHERD
Professor R. Shepherd presented a new Syllabet for a 3 unit elective course titled “Innovative Product Design via Digital Manufacturing”.

PRESENTATION OF SYLLABET FOR MAE 4650/BME 4650 – D. ERICKSON SPEAKING FOR A. SINGH.
Professor D. Erickson presented a new Syllabet for a 3 unit elective course titled “Biofluid Mechanics and Physiological Transport”.