Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Congratulations to Duncan T. Moore, professor of optics and Kevin J. Parker, professor of electrical and computer engineering for their inductions into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. It is a fitting achievement for two of our most distinguished professors to join the top two percent of the field recognized with this honor.

I’m pleased to announce that Azadeh Vosoughi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently had her National Science Foundation CAREER proposal recommended for the funding. As I have mentioned before, these awards are a great step for young professors in building their research. Azadeh’s work focuses on signal processing for wireless communications, statistical signal processing and digital communications.

In biomedical engineering, Professor Baek Kim, in URMC’s microbiology and immunology department, has collaborated with researchers at Emory University to determine how the HIV virus changes its replication process when hiding out in microphage immune cells. In microphage cells, HIV’s reliance on rNTP (ribonucleoside triphosphate) opens up the possibility of new treatment options that deny the virus this resource. Here is a link to the article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. I’m also proud to note that BME undergraduate Rebecca Slater is among the paper’s authors!

I recently heard from Charles W. Bash, a chemical engineering alum from the class of ’64, and retired Dow Chemical employee of 35 years. He writes, “As one who has been on the other side of the hiring table, you can tell the undergraduates who have had internships from ones who haven’t without even looking at resumes. So, even if the internship is low paying, it's a very valuable investment in their ability to acquire a job in these challenging times.” This is great advice from a veteran of the IT and engineering industry. If you’re looking for an opportunity, consider getting in touch with Hajim School academic advisor Kelly Johnson at kelly.johnson@rochester.edu about the Industry Practicum Co-Op Program, or other internship opportunities.

The Hajim School chapter of the Optical Society of America is sponsoring a Skype talk on Wednesday, February 9, with Vijay Vusirikala, an optical architect with Google. The talk will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the collaboratory room on the fifth floor of Wilmot Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn about Google’s development of fiber optics across the country for television and communications, and fiber optics careers.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean