Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

On Monday it was my pleasure to host our Visiting Committee for a dinner and day-long meeting at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.  We had 22 members of this leadership group in attendance for some terrific dialogue on topics ranging from energy to archeology.  Following a presentation on the state of the school, Bob McCrory, the lab’s director, offered some remarks and gave us a tour of the facility. We also heard from Professor Renato Perucchio about his newly established program on Archeology, Technology and Historical Structures.  During the afternoon session members had a lively discussion about new communication efforts we are putting into place and planning efforts for our capital campaign.  Thank you to all who came to Rochester for this important meeting!  Your attendance and participation validates our efforts.

On the Friday prior to Meliora Weekend, we sent about 70 students to a career fair hosted by Columbia University in New York City. I have been very pleased with the feedback from students and administrators who attended. There were 133 companies in attendance, including some that typically do not recruit on our campus like Johnson & Johnson, NASA, Procter & Gamble, and a variety of startups. The students reported making some valuable connections and gaining experience in the career search and networking process.  Several of the companies mentioned how impressed they were with our students. This is the second year we have participated in this career fair, and I hope to continue the trend.

Our Annual Pumpkin Launch is coming up on Friday! The event, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, will take place on the Wilson Quad at 3 p.m. This is a Signature Event for the Hajim School and marks our celebration of the fall semester.  Last year, there were some pretty impressive launchers, from catapults and trebuchets, to the dueling air cannons submitted by engineering students from here and RIT. Event details and forms, including rules, registration, and T-shirt orders, can be found on the ASME website (http://www.me.rochester.edu/users/asme/) or can be picked up in the mechanical engineering office in the Hopeman Engineering Building.

And because our October engineering social is scheduled for the same day, we decided to combine the two events. We will be serving food out on the Quad while cheering for the teams competing in the pumpkin launch, and there will be a pumpkin design contest for those looking for an alternative creative outlet.  However, take caution in keeping those pumpkins far from the launchers!!! And finally, don’t forget to wear a costume. I will be wearing mine. Happy Halloween!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean