Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I hope you had a nice spring break. I have a lot to share with you this week, but before I get to the news I wanted to point your attention to our website. We recently redesigned it and the updated version just launched today. In addition to a new graphic look, we added a page of “fast facts,” that lists some of our school’s points of pride. We are also in the process of adding a page highlighting faculty research and redoing the department pages to match the main website. I’d love to hear what you think about the new look.

Congratulations to Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Philippe Fauchet on being named a fellow of the Materials Research Society, an impressive distinction. Philippe was selected for his research on the optical properties of nanostructured and disordered silicon and its use in lasers, optical interconnect components, optical biosensors, batteries and filtration membranes.

And congratulations to our computer science students for their victory in the Computer Science Games in Montreal over the break. We had two teams competing in the contest and one of them, Watson+Jennings Love Children, took home the trophy for best overall after winning several of the subcategories including debugging, artificial intelligence, and extreme programming. They beat out 30 other teams from the Montreal area and beyond.

Vikram Dogra, professor of imaging sciences, biomedical engineering, and urology, has been named editor-in-chief of The Journal of Clinical Imaging Science (JCIS). The publication is peer-reviewed and multi-disciplinary, as well as open-access, which makes the multi-disciplinary imaging research in its pages available widely, including to readers in developing nations. This is a great initiative and a wonderful achievement for Vikram.

The Women in Engineering student group, which provides networking and mentoring opportunities for women engineers across the Hajim School, is looking for alumnae to give colloquium talks on campus. The group, started in November 2010 by two optics students, Cristina Canavesi and Brooke Beier, and a biomedical engineering student, Etana Elegbe, will next meet on March 16 with Yang Shao-Horn from MIT who is giving a joint chemical engineering and materials science colloquium later that day.

Writing tutors have set up a new office on the third floor of Carlson Library. The tutors are available to help with any stage of the writing process, and can offer feedback on a range of academic writing, including technical and scientific papers. Learn more at the Writing Center’s website.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean