Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I wanted to start out by congratulating a multidisciplinary team of engineering researchers who won best paper overall at the recent User Interface Software and Technology conference (a highly selective human computer interface conference). The paper, which was on VizWiz, a cleverly designed iPhone app to aid the visually impaired, was authored by Jeffrey Bigham along with two undergraduates, Sam White and Robin Miller, and ECE graduate student Hanjie Ji. Here is an article from the New Scientist magazine that describes the app (about two-thirds of the way down). Sam and Robin, along with Anna Loparev and Walter Lasecki, also won “most creative” entry. This was a great first showing for our program!

This coming weekend is Meliora Weekend. I want to remind students that a special alumni panel will be held for them on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Sloan Auditorium of Goergen Hall. The panelists are all mechanical engineering alums who will offer insights into traditional and non-traditional career paths for engineering majors. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend - even if you’re not in mechanical engineering, this will be a valuable experience.

And the UR Energy Research Initiative invites you to attend the Energy for the 21st Century Symposium that will be held all day today in Goergen Hall. This year's event features two faculty speakers, eight outside speakers, a poster session over lunch, and a wine and cheese reception afterward. Participation is free, so please come by if you’re interested.

Lastly, I want to let our female engineering students know that there are two focus groups this week (Monday night and Wednesday night) on campus dealing with the experiences of undergraduate women engineers. I’m told there will be free pizza. If you’re interested, please contact Hairong Shang as soon as possible at hairong.shang@warner.rochester.edu.

Also, I want to give you all a friendly reminder to join the Hajim School’s Facebook page if you haven’t already. Several administrators do a great job of updating it with events and timely information about all sorts of opportunities for internships, jobs, and university activities. The official name is UR Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Here’s a link.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean