Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Let me start this week's memo by congratulating Wayne Knox, who was recently awarded the 2010 Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) Leadership Award at the RRPC/New York Photonics annual meeting on April 13. This is a wonderful capstone to Wayne’s tenure as head of the Institute of Optics, before he moves into his new position as Associate Dean for Education and New Initiatives in July.

Paul Ampadu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and two of his students, Qiaoyan Yu and Meilin Zhang, were best paper finalists at the International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NoCS) in Pittsburgh last week. They were recognized for their paper, “Exploiting Inherent Information for Transient Error Management in Networks-on-Chip.” They also demonstrated their comprehensive network simulator at the conference, and will be making it publicly available soon. Great job! 

Kelli Summers, a senior biomedical engineering major, will be the first Fulbright Scholar to Ghana from the University. She will use the opportunity to help alleviate the effect of pneumonia on children in Assin Foso, and hopes to secure donations of pulse oximeters for the children’s ward of the hospital there. In addition, she will visit treatment facilities in Kumasi, and take a class on the relationship between technology and traditional Ghanaian life at Kwame Nkrumah University. Congratulations, Kelli!

The Office of Admissions is looking for a Rochester graduate, graduate student, or faculty member to teach “Careers in Engineering,” this summer as part of the Rochester Scholars high school program. The class will be held in the afternoons, July 25 to 29, and includes lectures, labs, and field trips that expose students to the range of courses and careers in the field of engineering. The course description is available here. If you’re interested, please contact Ursula Balent, pre-college programs manager, at ubal@ur.rochester.edu.

Seniors, the Career Center would like to know about your post-graduation plans. They have put together an online survey to learn about your job prospects, graduate school plans, internships, etc. As one of the recipients of the report compiled from this data, I want to stress the importance of this information for Hajim School and university-wide planning. Even if your plans are still tentative, that is important information in its own right. Our goal is 100% participation -- thank you in advance!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean