Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

First off I would like to welcome everyone to campus, whether you are returning from winter break, after studying abroad, or joining us for the first time! We have many exciting things to look forward to in the coming months, and I am very excited to be kicking off the new semester.

Personally, I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I had the pleasure of meeting with several University of Rochester alums, including John Major, a member of our Dean’s Advisory Committee and Nomi Bergman a chair of the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering National Council and University Trustee.  We shared a great dinner and lively discussion around new innovations and technology as well as the importance of developing a professional network early in one’s career.  I also had the pleasure of sharing dinner with Scott Pomerantz, a Simon School alumnus serving as a Vice President at Broadcom. 

CES is one of the largest shows for introducing new technologies, and for those interested in financing entrepreneurial ideas, please consider kickstarter.com and the concept of microfinancing.  One of the technologies introduced at the show was CloudFTP, a basic device that allows you to turn any USB drive into a local cloud.  The technology won the prestigious CES 2012 Design & Engineering Showcase Honors, which is not bad for a product developed through funding contributed by the masses based upon a simple design concept. Check it out!  Maybe there is an opportunity for you to fund your next idea!!!

Lastly, I would like to once again extend my welcome to Xi-Cheng Zhang, the new director of the Institute of Optics.  Xi-Cheng follows professor Gary Wicks, who deserves special thanks for his time and effort serving as the interim director of the Institute. I encourage everyone to welcome Xi-Cheng at the upcoming engineering social this Friday, January 20 in the Munnerlyn Atrium and Sloan Auditorium in Goergen Hall from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  A brief introduction and Q&A session with Xi-Cheng will be held at 4:00 in Sloan Auditorium. Immediately following, professor Vasilii Petrenko will lead a discussion on why engineers should be concerned about the ways in which human activity is affecting the Earth’s climate. Refreshments will be available throughout. I hope to see you there!

I am very excited to see what this semester will bring! As always, be sure to send me any news. Have a great week everyone


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean