Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I’m pleased to share that our new Director of the Institute of Optics, Xi-Cheng Zhang continues to make impressive strides in his field. Xi-Cheng was recently named the 2012 recipient of the William F. Meggers Award by the Optical Society of America (OSA) for his exceptional contributions to coherent generation and detection of ultra-broadband THz waves for far-infrared spectroscopy. Congratulations on this impressive honor!

With the FE exam on April 14 quickly approaching, I encourage students to consider the ongoing review sessions sponsored by ASME. This week’s session, which will be held tomorrow, Tuesday March 6 at 1:00 P.M. in Hopeman 224 will be led by ME/Optics Professor Jonathan Ellis and cover the topic of Circuits. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. No review session will be held next week due to Spring Break, but the following week on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 1:00 P.M., there will be a review on Fluids, led by ME Professor John Thomas. These sessions will continue to take place until the week of the FE Exam. Please direct any questions to Susana Acosta.

BME alumna Andreana Echter is coming to campus on March 8th to present a talk regarding the Duke University Master of Engineering Management Program from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. in Goergen Hall, Room 108. This program provides an opportunity to learn how to apply technical engineering knowledge to economic development. For more information on the talk, visit the Hajim School Facebook Page.

Arunas Chesonis ’91S (MBA), ’04 (Honorary), CEO and chairman of Sweetwater Energy and former CEO and chairman of PAETEC Holding Corp., will deliver a talk called “Recharging Your Batteries” on Friday, March 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Schlegel Hall, Room 207. This event is free and open to the University of Rochester community (River Campus parking passes are available). Attendees must register in advance online at or call (585) 276-3500. Come learn about Arunas experience in sustainable energy development.

As always, keep me updated and have a great week!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean