Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I have been traveling a good bit this semester, visiting alumni in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and San Diego.  Every time I make such visits, I meet absolutely fascinating and accomplished alumni with amazingly broad careers.  I feel very fortunate indeed to learn from their experiences and translate their thoughts and ideas into opportunities to enhance our student community and our educational and research opportunities.  Observing the impact our alumni have on our nation and the world broadly also reminds me of the responsibility that we as administrators and faculty share in facilitating learning and providing educational opportunities for the future leaders of our nation, our current students.

And speaking of students, congratulations to biomedical engineering major Erin Michelle Schnellinger, who has been awarded the Iota Book Award. Despite its name, the award doesn’t have anything to do with writing a book. The award comes from the University and the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and recognizes students who have excelled in their first semesters of college. Great work, Erin!

Congratulations to Samantha Eschaves and Andrea Morrell, Hajim School juniors who have won Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in Madrid! The Gilman Scholarship Program offers financial support to students receiving Federal Pell Grants, particularly students from majors traditionally underrepresented in abroad programs, such as engineering. More information about the program is available here.

Looking ahead to next semester, National Engineers’ Week is February 20-26, 2011. We’re hoping to top last year’s events, which included painting the tunnels, an egg drop competition, the e-trivia challenge “Are You Smarter than an Optics Student?” and an e-social. Please send your ideas for design challenges, panels, videos, and other lively events to Nikki Terry at mterry@ur.rochester.edu by January 7. Learn more about e-week here.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean