Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I would like to start by sharing a very inspirational story that came to me from Jennifer Moshier, a mechanical engineering alumna who is currently teaching engineering at a high school in Alexandria, VA. As a project, her students were asked to design an assistive technology device for a teacher who uses a wheelchair. This week, the students presented their designs to the superintendent as well as several guest speakers who came to discuss the importance of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. The student work was even featured on NPR and other news outlets. Jennifer shared that her experience at the University of Rochester truly shaped her role as an educator today and she is grateful to have the opportunity to spread her passion. I’m so proud to hear about the impact our alumni are having on the upcoming generation of engineers!

I would also like to share that our TEAM program received some recognition last week in U.S. News & World Report in a story detailing how international prospective graduate students reach out to U.S. schools. This is a notoriously difficult process and the article highlighted Andrea Galati, the program director, for her personal response to applicants’ questions. Kudos to Andrea for the recognition of your hard work!

I would also like to highlight a few of our student athletes who are making waves this fall. In women’s soccer, Ellen Coleman (BME) scored 2 goals, one of which was assisted by Rachel Wesley (CS) in the Yellowjackets’ game against NYU for a 3-0 victory. In volleyball, Megan Neff, a mechanical engineering student added 8 kills in their game against Fredonia. And in softball, biomedical engineering student Sara Hutchinson was one of eight students named to the 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete team for her stellar performance both on the field and in the classroom. Keep up the good work!

On behalf of ASME, I encourage you all to stop by this year’s pumpkin launch. A preliminary event will be held this Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 P.M. and the actual launch will take place on Friday, October 28 at 3:00 P.M. Both events will be held in Genesee Valley Park (click for map) at the baseball fields facing the Elmwood Ave bridge. ASME is still accepting teams for the competition and questions can be directed to Rachel Pollock.

Lastly, I’d like to remind everyone that Meliora Weekend begins this Thursday, October 20. There are dozens of events scheduled for students, parents, alumni, and other members of the University community and I encourage you to take a look at some of what’s going on. You’re sure to find something fun, interesting, and entertaining and I look forward to seeing many of you out and about on campus.

Have a great week everyone and be sure to keep me updated!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean