Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I hope everyone had a great Meliora weekend! It was so nice to catch up with some of our alumni and to see members of the Hajim School community participating in events across campus.  It was also personally rewarding to be a part of the launch of our historic $1.2 billion capital campaign.  Meliora weekend is always a special occasion for the University of Rochester and its extended community, but the launch of the Meliora Challenge truly punctuated a phenomenal weekend.

And speaking of Meliora, I’d like to remind everyone that recruiting season is upon us, and the Hajim School depends upon its alumni and friends to help recruit high school students who are interested in engineering through our annual recruitment program. This program truly serves to make our University Every Better.  Volunteers will receive a gift for their participation. If you are interested in helping out, please visit the program website.

I would also like to encourage you to attend the Women in Engineering Lunch Discussion this Friday, October 28 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00P.M. in Goergen 108 with Dr. Alexis Vogt, an optics PhD alumna currently working as an Optical Design Engineer and Bausch + Lomb. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow engineering students and join in discussion about everything from the current state of the engineering industry, to professional development, to work/life balance. Students and faculty are encouraged to stop by with a brown bag lunch.

Speaking of Women in Engineering, I’d like to congratulate Lisa Norwood, an Assistant Dean at the Hajim School, on completing a two-year term on the Women in Engineering ProActive Network’s (WEPAN) Board of Directors. WEPAN is dedicated to attracting, retaining, educating, and graduating a diverse workforce of female engineers. Lisa’s participation and perspective proved invaluable to the group and I am very proud of her dedication to improving engineering education.

Lastly, I’d like to share that chemical engineering professor Eldred Chimowitz will be featured at the Jewish Book Festival, Sunday, October 30 at 10:00 A.M. at the JCC Auditorium. Eldred is the author of “Between the Menorah and the Fever Tree” (Makovani Press; 2010), his debut novel. The event is free, but tickets are required. For more information, visit the event website.

As October draws to a close, I’d like to remind everyone that engineering advising walk-ins with the Dean's Office advisors will be held on October 28 from 1:00 P.M - 2:30 P.M. Shortly after, the ASME Pumpkin Launch will be held at 3:00 P.M., followed by this year’s first eSocial. I hope to see you all at the eSocial (more details to follow), but freshmen will get first dibs on food!

Have a great week everyone and be sure to keep the news coming!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean