Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I hope many of you were able to attend Friday’s study abroad expo to learn about opportunities for travel and cross-cultural exchange. A Rochester alumnus who took advantage of time abroad has been featured in a New York Times article about how medical facilities can address the concerns of American-Muslim patients. That article, available here, features Dr. Aasim I. Padela, who majored in biomedical engineering and classical Arabic & literature at Rochester, and did his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In the article he said, “The curricular environment at the University of Rochester allowed me to explore humanities and the social sciences, as well as biomedical engineering. Being able to study abroad and obtaining a second degree helped refined my interest in asking the difficult questions and bringing together a multidisciplinary approach to solving them. I remain indebted to my professors, mentors and colleagues at U of R.” This is a wonderful example of the kind of interdisciplinary opportunities available here, and how those experiences, including study abroad, can lead to inspiring success!

Students with a promising business model waiting for development should consider the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition, which awarded over $7,000 last year to top projects, one of which went on to compete in the Mark Ain Business Model competition, for $10,000. Projects will be judged on their technical viability, awareness of the market, and realistic budgets and timelines. The first step for interested individuals or teams is to contact Thomas Hsiang, associate dean of the Hajim School by Feb. 18 with a letter of intent and names and contact information for all team members. Contact Maureen Konopka, maureen.konopka@simon.rochester.edu, with any questions, or with final proposals, which are due by April 18.

The physics department is looking for undergraduate (sophomore, junior, fourth year, Take-Five or KEY) instructors for its four-week summer program for ninth and tenth grade young women from Rochester-area high schools. Engineering students are welcomed to participate, but should have taken at least a few physics courses while in college. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage future colleagues in the sciences, and to gain mentorship and instruction experience. More information about the program is available here, and the application form here.

I want to make you aware of an ASME sponsored FE Exam Review. It starts this Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hopeman Conference Room and it’s free to attend. It lasts 10 weeks, and each week a different topic will be covered by a different professor. The course is open to all, but will focus on the mechanical engineering examination.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean