Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

We’re well into the summer “break” now, but as we Hajim School faculty, staff, and students know, yearlong learning is a lifestyle. Our faculty and students have been traveling tirelessly, hosting scholarly conferences and competitions across the globe, and forgoing beachfronts and family barbecues for lab space and graduate study. You never cease to inspire and impress me – just check out the anecdotes below.

From June 4-15, The Institute of Optics held its 51st annual Summer School Short-Course Series. Short courses were offered in optical thin film coating technology, the fundamentals of optics, modern optical engineering, opto-mechanical analysis, lasers and optoelectronics, optical system design, and biomedical optics. Ninety-one domestic and international attendees participated, representing 38 companies.

And while The Institute of Optics recently welcomed the world’s thinkers to Rochester, others at the Hajim School are newly returned from locales more far-flung. Last week, Professor Jong-Hoon Nam, joint faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments, along with two of his graduate students, Paul Narr and Alex Ringo, boarded a plane for Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to attend the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference. Lectures, workshops, student-paper competitions, and both oral and poster sessions filled several days starting June 20. More than 20 themes were covered, including design and devices, rehabilitation, tissue and cellular engineering, cardiovascular fluid mechanics, and multiple solid mechanics topics involving bones and joints.

Great job, everyone. And whether you just got back or never left, keep up the great work, and leverage the many opportunities presented by summer to explore your scholarship to its maximum.

Rob Clark
Professor and Dean