Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Congratulations to Computer Science Professor Michael Scott, who will receive one of the four annual University Dean’s Awards for Meritorious Service in Ph.D. defenses at this year’s commencement ceremony. The award recognizes professors who have served as chairs for Ph.D. defense committees, which is an often overlooked service to the University.

The Hajim School will host a booth at the 2011 Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery again this year, and we are looking for submissions. We are looking for pieces that incorporate the creative use of technology, digital photography and/or 3D images, microscopic or CAD renderings, or other eye-catching and interesting forms developed through your research or travels. The first place winner will win an iPad2, second place an iPod Touch, and third place $100.  All serious entries will receive smaller prizes, too. Proceeds from artwork sold at the festival will go to the Hajim School annual fund to support student projects. Email or send your entry to Sandra Turner in Lattimore Hall 308 or at sandra.turner@rochester.edu by May 31. Please include your name, department, graduating year, telephone number and mailing address, as well as a brief description of your artwork and how you made it.

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Science is having it’s annual Technology Showcase at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rochester on Wednesday, April 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a great event that helps pair research scientists with companies. To transport people on campus to and from the event there will be a shuttle bus leaving from the front of Taylor Hall.  It departs every hour on the hour and departs the DoubleTree every hour on the half hour.

You can learn more about careers in sustainability and acoustical engineering from two recent alumni who graduated with degrees in mechanical engineering.  Nils Klinkenberg '06, a research contractor for Ceres will present "What exactly is a 'career in sustainability' and how can I get one?" via Skype on Wednesday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Dewey 1-101.  No registration is necessary.  And, on Saturday, April 9, at 12:30 p.m., Matt Roe '07/'08 (MS) will discuss his career as a consultant with the firm Acoustic Dimensions.  This informal talk over a pizza lunch will take place at the Career and Internship Center. Please register by emailing laura.godwin@rochester.edu.

A number of you have expressed interest in the Women in Engineering group, and I’m pleased to announce that they have launched a new blog with upcoming events and other information. Their next event will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in 202 Gavett Hall. The group will host guest speaker Rachel Segalman, associate professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Over the weekend, 35 Rochester undergraduates, including 11 students from the Hajim School, gave presentations at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College. Congratulations to Jacy Bulaon, Xiaowei Cai, Isthier Chaudhury, Julian E. Herwitz, Huan “Colin” Jiang, Angela D. Ketterer, Nate Lindsey, Kyle Murray, Sean Rodrigues, Aaron Zakrzewski, and Ting “Johnny” Zheng. You can find more information, including the full list of Rochester students who participated and the titles of their papers here.

And, all of those interested in entrepreneurship, don’t forget about Dr. Robert Potter’s lecture today at 2:30 p.m. in Sloan Auditorium. I shared more details about it in last week’s memo, which you can find here.

In closing, I’m sad to share that two members of the electrical and computer engineering department, Debra Neiner-Lingg and Maureen Maur, have recently passed away. Debra was ECE’s senior accountant for 27 years. Condolences and donations will be gratefully accepted by her mother, Mildred Fulmer of 110 Kingsboro Road, Rochester, NY 14619. Maureen retired from her position as ECE department administrator in 2005. Donations may be made in her honor to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm. My thoughts, and the thoughts of the Hajim School community, are with their friends and families.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean