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Daniel Smith

  • Date:October 29, 2013
  • Nominated by:Robert Clark


Feedback shared from a prospective student who attended Engineering Day at the UR showed that he was enamored with the optics presentation and asked to meet with someone about programs in optics. Dan immediately responded by setting up a tour spending 1-on-1 time with the student.

Benefit to the Hajim School

Optics had not been on his radar screen – but now he is applying early decision to UR with plans to study optics. Dan's personal touch and attention put a great face on our Hajim School programs.

  • Date:September 30, 2013
  • Nominated by:Govind P Agrawal


Dan's efforts in increasing the undergraduate enrollment in optics. He helped organizing the Photonic summer camp for one week for high school students. He is also offering a finance class to our freshmen and sophomores during evening hours in his own time.

Benefit to the Hajim School

Dan's effort will help the Hajim School in increasing the UG enrollment and in retaining in-coming students in the optics program.

  • Date:July 17, 2013
  • Nominated by: Xi-Cheng Zhang


Dan successfully coordinated the 1st Annual Photon Camp at the Institute of Optics. Fifteen high school students and their teachers, on a grant obtained by Irondequoit High School, attended the week long camp. The students attended lectures, participated in lab activities, and went on field trips to local optics companies. The week long camp culminated in student led project presentations. Dan orchestrated all of the logistics for these activities. No small task. Dan worked with Irondequoit high school, faculty, facilities, and UR students to bring the program together.

Benefit to the Hajim School

The camp benefits the attendees as well as the Institute of Optics and the University by increasing awareness of optics, the Institute, and the programs offered. These students are potential applicants to the University. A good experience at camp may lead to application and possible enrollment.

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