Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

This week is National Engineers Week! This annual event recognizes the important work that engineers do to solve problems and better society. Check out some of the exciting events going on here at the University of Rochester! For event details, e-trivia, & prizes, check out the Hajim School undergrad site and follow the Hajim School facebook page!


Many congratulations are in order this week! Adam Sadilek, a computer science graduate student, professor Henry Kautz, and professor Jeff Bigham won best paper at the Fifth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM). The paper, "Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are" applied online social network behavior models to tasks such as tracking and predicting the spread of communicable diseases.


In addition, Jeff Bigham was awarded the NSF CAREER Award for his proposal “Closed-Loop Crowd Support of People with Disabilities” which focuses on combining technology with human intelligence to provide support for people with disabilities. Engineering new technologies for assistive purposes is so important and I am very impressed by the work Jeff has been doing.


I would also like to congratulate Richard (Rick) Waugh, professor and chair of Biomedical Engineering, on his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS Engineering section recognized Rick for his distinguished contributions to the study of cell and membrane mechanics and for leadership in biomedical engineering. Congratulations to everyone on being recognized for your hard work!

It’s engineering recruitment season! Remember your quest to find the perfect school for you?  Aren't you glad someone from UR helped you find your way? Now is your chance to give back and help another engineering student connect with the Hajim School. Click here to learn how you can help during special recruitment events! Current female engineering students are especially needed to host prospective female engineering students on Sunday, February 26th. UR ranks in the top 10 for percentage of female engineering students.  Help us stay there!  If you are interested, please
email Catherine Marando.


Be sure to send any news along to me and as always, have a great week everyone!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean