Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Last Thursday, we held the spring meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Committee in NYC, and we welcomed three new members: Suedeen Kelly ’73 BA in Chemistry, Michael Lax ’75 Chem E/Mech E, and Don Winter ’69 Physics.  On Wednesday evening prior to our formal meeting, Paul ‘72MS/’74PhD Physics and Elaine Horn hosted a magnificent dinner for DAC members at their home in NYC, and I would like to thank them for a wonderful evening!

I would like to congratulate Amanda Chen, a sophomore BME student and member of the Benoit Lab, on two significant accomplishments. Amanda won the Campus Concerto Competition, an annual event of the River Campus music department, playing oboe and will be performing part of the Vaughan Williams Concerto on April 21st at 8PM in Upper Strong Auditorium with the U of R Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Amanda was selected to do research at Jacobs University in Bremen through the RISE program in Germany this summer with a scholarship from DAAD. I am so happy to see Hajim students excelling not only in their academics, but also in the arts!

I would like to again remind you that the upcoming Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition deadline is approaching. Business plans are due Monday, April 23, 2012 and presentations will be held Friday, May 4 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in Schlegal 207. Please email Maureen Konopka with any questions.

I am pleased to announce that Michael Baranello from CHE won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Ian Perera from CSC was awarded an honorable mention. This highly competitive program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

If you are an ABET-accredited faculty and are not a member of The Order of the Engineer, please consider being inducted into The Order alongside your students. The Order of the Engineer was established "to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer." This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00 am in the large tent outside Wilson Commons. If you would like to be inducted, please contact Donna Johnson this week at (585) 275-3954. For more information on The Order, visit their website.

Have a great week everyone and be sure to send any news my way!

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean