Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I am pleased to share that three former Ph.D. students/post-doctoral fellows were inducted as Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE is a national leadership group and honor society in the area of bioengineering. Professor Athanasios Mantalaris, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in London, William K. Wang, Ph.D. Director of the Process Biochemistry Department at MedImmune, and Yasuyuki Sakai, Ph.D., Professor in the Organs and Biosystems Laboratory at the University of Tokyo were inducted.  All were members of Professor David Wu’s lab in chemical engineering, a great recognition for the individuals and the faculty advisor!

The Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of Invent Now, is accepting entries for the 2012 Competition! The deadline for participant registration is June 15th. For the last twenty-two years the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized and honored student inventors whose inventions one day could make significant contributions to society. This year over $75,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning undergraduate and graduate students and their advisors. For more information on entering, visit the competition website.

I would like to remind you again that the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition is quickly approaching. The competition was created to encourage undergraduate engineering/applied science students to consider the commercial potential of their design project or research.  Students, individually or in teams, compete by submitting a business plan for a technical business, often based on their senior design projects. Last year, total prize money of over $7,000 was awarded for the top projects. Groups can also choose to submit their plan to the Mark Ain Business Model competition, whose top prize was $10,000. Business Plans are due Monday, April 23, and final presentations are Friday, May 4. For more information call 276-3500 or e-mail Maureen Konopka.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who helped plan and organize Engineering Week, as well as everyone who participated in the various events. It’s wonderful to see such an active community of engineers here on campus! On Friday, the annual ASME egg drop was held in Goergen Hall and I would like to announce the winners: Michael Hua and Cheryl Zhou took first place after three rounds! Congratulations!

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean