Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Recent Rochester PhD Piotr Faliszewski, computer science professor Lane Hemaspaandra, and RIT computer science professor Edith Hemaspaandra have co-authored this month’s cover story of Communications of the ACM  (Association for Computing Machinery).  Their timely article, “Using Complexity to Protect Elections,” argues that computational complexity is an important safeguard against attacks to election systems. To read the article, those with UR IDs can search for the journal title in the "eJournals" section of the library homepage and then click through to the latest issue by using the "ACM Digital Library" link.

Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Assistant Professor Engin Ipek’s work on leveraging resistive memories to build a new class of scalable, power-efficient architectures has been chosen for a National Science Foundation CAREER award. These grants support young scholar-educators like Engin as they begin their teaching and research careers. Congratulations!

And I’d like to recognize two engineering majors who have distinguished themselves in athletics. Senior Mike Labanowski, an engineering major and environmental engineering minor, has just been named a2010 Lysle “Spike” Garnish Scholar. The Garnish Award recognizes students for their excellence in both academics and athletics. In addition, junior biomedical engineering major Ellen Coleman has been named University Athletic Association Player of the Year for her outstanding skills on the soccer field.

I’m happy to see that local Representative Chris Lee has agreed to be co-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Caucus with Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL). As many of you no doubt know, Rep. Lee is a Rochester alumnus who majored in economics and finance. He has supported STEM education for K-12 curricula, the America COMPETES Act, the U.S. STEM Manufacturing Student Loan Forgiveness Program, and his Manufacturing for Tomorrow Plan. It’s great to have someone so invested in engineering and the applied sciences making important decisions about education policy.

If you're a Facebook user and are interested in how to fit in a semester of study abroad as an engineering student, consider friending “Hajim ABroad.” This Dean's Office profile can connect current engineering students with engineering alumni who have studied abroad, and provide program information and locations. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to join the Facebook group "UR Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences."

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean