Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I hope you all had a fun Halloween. Thank you to everyone who helped organize another great pumpkin launch. Perhaps some of you saw me masquerading as an engineering school dean (it was a bit of an ironic costume, I guess). Congratulations to UR engineering students Michael Hua, Paul Kintner, Thomas Hollowell, and their super-propped trebuchet for having the most accuracy, and to Boy Scout Troop 31 for winning the best workmanship award!

Our computer science program had another great showing, this time at the Association of Computing Machinery’s ASSETS conference on computers and accessibility: Sam White won the undergraduate research competition for his almost-real-time transcription program to aid people with hearing loss. Congratulations!

I would like to congratulate Renato Perucchio, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and director of the Archeology, Technology, and Historical Structures program, who has been awarded a 2010 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. More information about this year’s winners is available here.

And I would like to wish good luck to Brian McMillan, a mechanical engineering master’s student in my lab, who is one of six semi-finalists in the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition. His dedication, business skills, and engineering know-how have allowed him to grow his camping gear business from nothing to a substantial enterprise. If he wins in the national competition in Chicago on Nov. 5, he will advance to the Global Finals to vie for $150,000 in donated business services, as well as networking and media exposure opportunities.

I would also like to congratulate Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Paul Ampadu. He has been elected to the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) Board of Governors to serve a three-year term that begins January 2011.

Students interested in the new Master of Science in Alternative Energy degree program should attend the information session at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, in 202 Gavett Hall. Professor Hong Yang, director of the program, will host the session. Please e-mail eagan@che.rochester.edu or call 275-4913 to register.

Undergraduate students should take note of the following departmental pre-registration advising sessions as they begin to select courses for the spring term:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Wednesday, November 3, 3-5:30 p.m. in Goergen Hall/Munnerlyn Atrium
  • Chemical Engineering: Tuesday, November 2, 2-4 p.m., Gavett Hall 202, and Wednesday, November 3, noon-2 p.m. in Gavett Hall 202
  • Computer Science: Wednesday, November 3, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Computer Studies Building/Room 601
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering: Schedule an appointment with your faculty adviser or see Barbara Dick in Hopeman Hall 205
  • Mechanical Engineering: Freshman - Monday, November 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hopeman Hall 222
  • Optics: Wednesday, November 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Goergen Hall/Munnerlyn Atrium


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean