Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Philippe Fauchet, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on being named dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. He assumes his new role on July 1 after more than twenty years of service in various roles here at the University of Rochester. To name a few of his successes, Philippe was the founding director of the Center for Future Health, which is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory that develops advanced medical technologies for use in the home, and a driving force behind the Energy Research Initiative, which coordinates energy research and educational activities at the University. I am very proud that Philippe’s accomplishments continue to drive his successful career in engineering and education.  I am sure that Philippe’s many experiences from his time here at Rochester will greatly benefit Vanderbilt, and we wish him much luck and success in his new role!

I would like to congratulate Kanika Vats and Michael Baranello on their successful participation in the Syracuse University and University of Rochester’s Biomaterials Day Conference. Kanika won second place for her talk titled “exploiting thiol-ene hydrogels to control cell behavior dynamically” and Michael won third place overall for his talk titled “characterization and development of novel parthenolide delivery systems.” Good work Kanika and Michael!

I would also like to share that recently, the Benoit Lab hosted a local fourth grade class for a hands-on experience in science and engineering. Amy Van Hove, a graduate student in BME played an integral role, working to create a memorable experience for both the elementary schoolers and lab personnel alike. With stations set up around Goergen Hall for baking soda volcanoes, shape shifting materials, and other interactive experiments, the students were encouraged to learn and explore. It makes me so happy to hear that many of these young students left with a new love of science and engineering thanks to the enthusiasm of the Hajim school community. I hope to see more of this sort of community involvement going forward.

Lastly, I would like to share that the University of Rochester ranked #12 in a national survey of technology transfer licensing income, clocking in at $42M.   This is one of many significant measures where the University or Rochester demonstrates leadership on a national scale for impact of science and engineering research.

With final exams and the holidays approaching, I’d like to pass on a few opportunities to unwind. Take a study break with the Society of Women Engineers to enjoy some good old-fashioned cookie decorating, Thursday, December 15 from 6pm-7pm in Wilson Commons Room 121. Or come enjoy pizza, wings, and a movie with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), the Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness (SOCA) and Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS), Wednesday, December 14 from 6pm -9pm in Morey 321.   

As always, have a great week everyone and send any news my way


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean