Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff for an outstanding Design Day on Thursday. The projects were impressive and our corporate partners were very pleased with the results. The students on one team, DonDoff Solutions, unfortunately had to miss the event in order to take part in the New York State Business Plan Competition in Albany. But, I'm very happy to learn they took third place with their system that allows surgical patients to put on and remove back braces without assistance.

Two Hajim School students, Rob DiBlasi and John “Sully” Sullivan, were interviewed on local ABC affiliate 13WHAM’s morning show last Monday about their Design Day projects. Rob and Sully did a great job explaining their inventions. Check out the video here.

And congratulations to this years winners in the Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition! First place went to Ben Freedman and Johanna Kelley for their neonatal monitoring project. Companies GluComfort (Elie Glik, Brett Sternfield, and Zeyu Zhao) and DonDoff Solutions (Frances Bell, Jacy Bulaon, and Swapna Kumar) tied for second place, and Aegis (Adam Kozak) came in fourth.

And congratulations to junior biomedical engineering major David Narrow, who will be doing research in Berlin at the Julius Wolff Institute at Charite Hospital over the summer. This opportunity comes from DAAD-RISE, a German academic exchange program, for service and research internships in science and engineering. This is a great addition to David’s resume, which already includes engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, a Wilder Trustee scholarship, a Portable Research grant, and work in a URMC otolaryngology lab. 

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is accepting proposals for completed inventions that could have a wide social or economic impact. The contest awards $15,000 to the winner of its graduate division, and $10,000 to the undergraduate winner, and all finalists go to Washington, DC for presentations of their work to the panel of judges. Teams of up to four students are also eligible. If you have an invention ready to go, please consider applying by the June 24 deadline. More information is available here.

In closing, good luck to all the students taking their final exams this week!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean