Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Our first engineering social of the year is this Friday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.! For those of you who are new, I host engineering socials every month in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall as a way to build community. The socials are catered with free food and drinks, and sometimes we have a little music or a short presentation, but mostly it’s just a good time to get to know your peers and professors. Stop by the ambassador’s table to see how you can get involved in planning future events.

I would like to start by congratulating John Simonson on 25 years of service. John leads the Computer Networking Group (CNG) for the Hajim School. CNG, or its more recognized moniker, IT, is an often thankless job, frequently called upon for service when there is a problem and the user (client) is already frustrated.  It takes a great level of both talent and patience to work under such circumstances and 25 years is an incredible “tour of duty.”  As such, the Hajim School salutes John Simonson.

I also want to congratulate a several people who had some impressive accomplishments over the summer. For the first time, the Hajim School had a team design a solar-powered boat and enter it in the Solar Splash competition. The team earned 9th place and was named the best rookie team and the winner of the teamwork award. Thanks to the team’s faculty adviser, Mechanical Engineering Prof. Stephen Burns, and to all of the students for making this happen.

And, at this year’s Creative Excellence Awards, electrical and computer engineering graduate student Edwin Tan won the Student Award for his sculpture titled "Cor ad Cor Loquitur" (Heart Speaking to Heart).

Last, but not least, mechanical engineering junior Mike Skarlinski and sophomore Chris Roll were just awarded the first and second places, respectively, for best student poster presentations at the Optical Society of America’s Optical Fabrication and Testing Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this June.

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you all on Friday afternoon at our first engineering social.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean