Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I would like to share an interesting community event celebrating the recent collaboration agreement between the University of Rochester and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. The Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures sponsored symposium “Building the landscape of pre-Columbian Peru: Archaeological and architectural perspectives” will be held at the UR on December 1-2, 2011. It is open to the public and begins on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memorial Art Gallery to continue the following day at 3:30 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. For more information, visit the symposium website.

I would also like to extend my congratulations to Duncan Moore, professor of optical engineering, and his team for setting a new world’s record for solar conversion. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory measured an efficiency of 38.5 percent for the conversion of sunlight to electricity for a submodule. The key was having only one air-glass interface, which limited the loss of light. The project was part of a multi-institutional effort headed by DuPont. Good work!

Sean Rodgrigues, a senior in Chemical Engineering, was in the Canary Islands, Spain over Thanksgiving delivering a poster at the “Trends in Nanotechnology 2011” conference.  His poster, entitled Interaction between dipole emitters and 2D plasmonic nanoparticle arrays,” contained research performed under Prof. Teri Odom at Northwestern University.  Sean’s poster won an award for “Best Posters Presented,” competing against over ninety other student entries (including PhD students). Congratulations Sean!

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean