Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I have an important announcement to share with you. The University of Rochester is joining five other research universities to form Intel Labs’ new Science and Technology Center (ISTC). The ISTC will focus on the research and development of pervasive technology capable of providing support and assistance in day-to-day tasks, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities. Professor Henry Kautz, Chair of the Computer Science department will lead Rochester’s work in this collaboration with his development of computing systems that will act as personal assistants to support independent living. I am excited to see the great things that will come out of this effort!

An upcoming event that I would like you to consider is the Energy for the 21st Century symposium, sponsored by the UR Energy Research Initiative which will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. in the Munnerlyn Atrium in Goergen Hall. This exciting event will feature industry, academic, and government speakers, detailing the future of energy development. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is required. A buffet lunch and wine and cheese reception will provide ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Email any questions to Vicki Herberling.

Both of the above activities serve as examples of innovation, and I just returned from Vienna, Austria, where I participated in a workshop devoted to commercialization and new venture creation. Innovators and technology leaders from University of Washington, MIT, and the Austrian Institute of Technology participated in what proved to be a very interesting forum.  The message from all participants was quite clear: essential ingredients for successful commercialization and new venture creation are 1) good Ideas: fundamental technology and market opportunity/potential, 2) educational resources for budding entrepreneurs, and 3) a vibrant network.  

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage any senior students to look into the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. The exam is the first of a two-step process to professional licensure for anyone who is interested in practicing engineering professionally. If you are interested in taking the exam and would like to apply, or you have any questions, email Donna Johnson. The FE exam is a “supplied reference” exam with access to a reference manual before and during testing.

I would also like to share that Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society will be offering free tutoring for students from 2 – 4 P.M. on Sundays and 5 – 7 P.M. on Mondays in upper ITS. For more information on this service as well as details for discipline-specific tutoring, visit the Tau Beta Pi website.

Lastly, I’d like you all to save the date for this year’s first Esocial, “The Thriller” on October 28 at 4:00 P.M. in Goergen Atrium. More details to come!

As always, have a great week, and keep the news coming!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean