Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to campus as well as extend my welcome to our incoming freshmen, first-year graduate students, and new faculty and staff. This memo is something I send out to the community on a weekly basis to keep everyone informed of the exciting things that are going on here at the Hajim School. While I know about many of the events, opportunities, and accolades buzzing around the school, I may miss a few items so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with anything interesting you’d like to share.

I have some good news to pass along as we kick off the new school year. I’m pleased to announce the opening of the Integrated Nanosystems Center, or URnano, which is dedicated to researching and fabricating materials at the microscopic level and smaller. URnano will encourage collaborations across departments at the University to advance organic materials for solar energy and lighting, fuel cell technologies for energy storage, and biosensors for healthcare, to name a few. I look forward to observing and participating in the innovations that will result from research conducted in URnano.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ph.D. candidates Bin Ma and Dustin Moore who were recently named winners of the 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Bin was recognized for his work on aspheric lens design using CODE V, applied in ultra-precise projector lenses, in his paper titled, "Design of Lithographic Lenses with Slope Constrained Q-Polynomials." Dustin was recognized for his work on a panoramic imaging system using CODE V in his paper titled, "A High Resolution Four-Pi Steradian Panoramic Video System.”

On a lighter note, if you’re looking for something fun to do this coming weekend, the Clothesline Arts Festival will be held on September 10-11 at the Memorial Art Gallery. This is the second year that the Hajim School will be represented at the festival, with a tent on the southeast corner of the grounds showcasing the “art of engineering.” I’m pleased to see the progressive interest in the festival with nearly 20 submissions this year. The contest winners include 1st Place: Sarah Walters, an optics undergraduate who submitted images of various multi-layer dielectric film coatings using high microscopy magnification, 2nd Place: Steve Roessner, an ECE and acoustics graduate student who submitted an interactive audio soundscape, and 3rd Place: Naushad UzZaman, a computer science graduate student who submitted various panoramic images of the UR campus and travels abroad. For more information, visit the event website.

I would also like to add that even though the school year is just starting, it’s never too soon to start thinking about post graduation plans for those of you who will be graduating in 2012. I encourage you to update your resume, start networking, or begin your graduate school application process. Additionally, the fall Career and Internship Day is scheduled for October 12th and the Engineering and Technical Career and Internship Connection in New York City is scheduled for October 20th. Both are wonderful opportunities to get a head start on your career search. I’d also like to share that this Friday, September 9, from 2-4 PM in the Hirst Lounge of Wilson Commons, there will be a representative from the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) available to discuss study abroad programs for Hajim School undergraduates in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This is another great opportunity that I encourage student to explore during their academic careers.

Lastly, I would like to thank Sandra Turner for her hard work and effort organizing the annual Hajim School Reception at Oak Hill this past Thursday. I would also like to thank Brian McIntyre for his contribution, a microscopic photograph of dental plaque that perplexed reception guests as they tried to guess what the colorful image was. This year’s reception was a great success!

I look forward to another GREAT year here at the Hajim School!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean