Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

It was great to see students, faculty, and staff present at our kick off eSocial last Friday! Community is such an important part of the Hajim School and it makes me very proud to see everyone getting to know each other and enjoying a little downtime.  But the importance of community extends well beyond the boundaries of our campus. I’m pleased to announce that Peter Carellas, a graduate of the Institute of Optics and President and founder of Xcitex in Cambridge, MA recently donated a Motion Capture System to the Medical Center. The system records the movements of patients who suffer from Parkinson disease and other movement disorders without intrusive body markers and sensors. This important gift is indicative of the continued commitment of our alumni to advancing engineering solutions in service of humanity. I extend my gratitude to Peter for this donation.

I’d also like to share the accomplishment of one of our CSC seniors, Harry Ledley, who is interning with the AS&E Registrar's Office. Harry has developed an innovative web-based program, Course Scheduler, which allows students to plan their upcoming semester, find any time conflicts, view course information, and export to Google calendar among other helpful features. Course Scheduler is available for Chrome and Safari browsers. Thank you Harry for your innovative problem solving!

I would like to encourage students, especially those in the GEAR program to explore the master’s degree in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM), at an information session hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director, on Monday, November 14 at 2 P.M. in 301 Schlegel Hall. Rochester students qualify for scholarship opportunities. Please RSVP to attend.

I would also like to share an exciting opportunity. Syracuse University and the University of Rochester will be hosting Biomaterials Days, November 17-18, 2011 at Syracuse University. This conference will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in the Upstate New York region focused on the development of interactive biomaterials. This is a great opportunity to learn about and gain hands on experience with new techniques in the field as well as network with educators, industry leaders, and fellow students. To learn more or register, visit the conference website.

Lastly, I have the results from this year’s annual pumpkin launch, hosted by ASME! First place went to RIT ASME, Baja took second place, and third place went to Troop 31. Troop 31 also won in the workmanship category while Upward Bound won team spirit. Good job everyone and we look forward to next year’s launch!

Happy Halloween and as always, have a great week everyone!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean