Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

As many of you know, I am a huge proponent of studying abroad and other international opportunities for Hajim School students. In this increasingly global economy, the importance of cultural understanding and experience has never been so important for our future workforce. With that in mind, I encourage you to explore International Education Week November 14-18. There are a number of interesting and exciting events planned not only for students, but also faculty and staff on the opportunities for international experiences here at the University of Rochester. Visit the event website for more information on specific sessions.

I would like to pass along an engaging community opportunity for our female engineering and applied sciences students. Palmyra Macedon High School has put together an all-girls robotics team, Lady Raider Robotics, to compete in this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge. With the competition approaching in December, the Lady Raiders have reached out to the Hajim School for input and advice, and to learn about the importance of diversity in the fields of engineering and applied science. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Rebecca DeSol or call 585-208-1107.

I would also like to share that the Ballet Performance Group has an upcoming show this Friday, November 11 at 8 P.M. in Strong Auditorium. The group has over 75 members including Laura Chess (BME ’12 and group President) Yvonne Teng (BME '12), Erin Keegan (BME '13), Lauren Sava (BME '14), and Deborah Cooper (BME '14). Erin even did an "Engineering and Dance" video for the BME department last year! Come support your fellow Hajim students at this wonderful event.

I would like to congratulate Paul Ampadu, Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering on being elevated to a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Only 8% of IEEE’s 400,000+ members hold this grade, which requires extensive experience and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance. Good work Paul!

Lastly, I’d like to announce that Computer Science has opened two new courses for the Spring 2012 semester: CSC 194 Appreciating and Understanding Network Phenomena and CSC 281 Introduction to Cryptography. Check out the course websites for more information and scheduling

As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean