Moon, Francis C.

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Frances C. Moon is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He was the Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University from July 1987- June 1992. Prior to that he chaired the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for seven years from 1980-1987. In that role, he helped introduce symbolic mathematical programming (Such as MACSYMA) into the undergraduate engineering curriculum along with R.Rand and R. Lance of Cornell. He has taught in the areas of robotics, dynamics, magneto-mechanics, and engineering mathematics.


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    Mind and Memory: Explorations of Creativity in the Arts and Sciences
    Hoffmann, Roald; West, Paul; McClane, Kenneth; DeVoogd, Timothy; Ackerman, Diane; Drell, Persis; Ambegaokar, Vinay; Stucky, Steven; Moon, Francis; Suber, Byron; Kord, Victor; Ammons, A. R.; McConkey, James; Eisner, Thomas (Internet-First University Press, 1996)
    English 301, "Mind and Memory: Explorations of Creativity in the Arts and Sciences," Spring 1996, M-W 2:55-4:10 p.m. (Lectures on Monday, 2:55-4:10 p.m.) Creativity is the attribute of the mind that enables us to make new combinations from often-familiar information, to perceive analogies and other linkages in seemingly unlike elements, to seek for syntheses. As is true of all learning, creativity is dependent upon memory—a memory that is genetic and social as well as personal and experiential. This course will explore the nature of creativity in science and art, indicating the differing requirements for discovery in the disparate disciplines while demonstrating the commonality that underlies the creative process and binds (say) physicist or mathematician to poet, composer, visual artist The opening sessions will be concerned with the crucial role of memory in learning, discovery, and spiritual insight for all humans, and will make reference to recent scientific research into the complex nature of the human brain, including its intimate connections with the rest of the body. Following this introduction, the course will rely on weekly guests from as many disciplines in the arts and sciences as possible, faculty members who will discuss (for interested undergraduates, whatever field they may be preparing to enter) the process underlying their research, or their work as creative or performing artists. The guests will be asked to speak of their goals, the problems they have faced, and what they have learned from their disappointments as well as their achievements. Members of the course are encouraged to enroll in another course or to be engaged in an activity (research or artistic production or performance) in which the insights gained in this class can be applied or tested. To further abet the active participation so necessary to learning, students will be asked to keep a journal, one that summarizes their understanding of, and response to, each presentation by a guest lecturer—a journal that will serve as a continuing record of their experiences as members of the course, and that will become the basic resource for an essay, to be submitted at the semester’s end, that will give their carefully considered assessment of the applicability of what they have learned in this course to that second course or activity, to their own mental processes, and to the future they propose for themselves.
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    A Conversation with Alan T. Zehnder
    Zehnder, Alan T.; Moon, Francis C. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-06-10)
    In an interview with Prof. Francis Moon, Professor Alan Zehnder of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering discusses his trajectory into academia and life at Cornell. Prof. Zehnder grew up in Alameda, California, then home of the Alameda Naval Air Station. His early interests in engineering were fostered by visits with his father and family to factories in the San Francisco and Oakland area as well as trips to the Lawrence Hall of Science. Zehnder earned his BS in at the University of California Berkeley. In graduate school he studied fracture mechanics under the supervision of Prof. Ares Rosakis at Caltech, earning his Ph.D. in 1987. In 1988 Zehnder joined Cornell’s Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. His areas of research include fracture mechanics, nano-scale mechanics and damage in composite materials and structures. Zehnder was Chair of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2008 when the department was merged with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Following the merger Zehnder served as Associate Director and then as Director of the Sibley School. At the time of the interview he served Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering and as faculty advisor to the Cornell Autonomous Underwater Vehicle student project team.
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    A Conversation with Sidney Leibovich
    Leibovich, Sidney; Moon, Francis C. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-06-10)
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    A Conversation with Francis Moon
    Moon, Francis C.; Abel, John F. (Interviewer) (Internet-First University Press, 2014-04-11)
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    A Conversation with Herb Voelcker
    Voelcker, Herb; Moon, Francis C. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-06-14)
    This video is a contribution to the MAE Oral History Project.
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    Franklin K. Moore and Francis C. Moon discuss the history of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Moore, Franklin K.; Moon, Francis C. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-05-31)
    The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oral History Project at Cornell University.