Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Many congratulations are in order this week for a number of outstanding Hajim School students and faculty. Kyle Murray (CS) was selected as a finalist for the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher. Adina Rubinoff and Darcey Riley also received honorable mention for the prize. The three were recognized out of an impressive group of nominees and I am so pleased to hear that our students are making waves for their participation in research.

I would also like to congratulate Julie Bentley, professor of optics on her acceptance as a SPIE fellow. Julie was recognized for developing new courses in lens design with real-world student projects from the undergraduate through the graduate level. SPIE Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. Congratulations Julie!

Another interesting item I would like to share, mechanical engineering senior Susana Acosta was published in the February Momentum magazine for student members of SAE international. The article entitled "How to combine heavy homework load with your cds team responsibilities”, is about her experiences as a UR SAE baja team member. The UR baja car even made it to the front cover of the magazine! Check out Susana’s article here.

Last summer, chemical engineering sophomore Jake Ward spent 110 days riding his motorcycle from Germany to Mongolia. During his trip through the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia, Jake spent a night in an Iraqi jail, shared yurts with Kyrgyz herders, and closely experienced much of the third world. Come hear about Jake’s adventure “Build and Ride It - My Motorcycle Journey from Germany to Mongolia" next Friday, February 10th at 12:00 PM in Gavett 202.

I would like to thank all the Hajim students who stopped by the Study Abroad Expo last week to learn about all the international educational opportunities. The Expo was a wonderful showcase and provided ample opportunity to discuss the experience of studying abroad. I would like to announce the winners of the Hajim School raffle held at the Expo: Monika Cepulis won the USB mini adapter, Deborah Cooper won the laptop cable lock, and Justine Aloise won the iPod nano. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and all the staff who pitched in to make this semester’s Expo happen!

As always be sure to send along any news! Have a great week everyone.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean