Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I have two bits of news to share this week, both from our outstanding student body.

The first concerns the University’s Baja SAE Team, a dedicated group of student engineers whose hard work has continued into the summer. This past weekend, they showed off the fruits of their labor to crowds gathered for the Monroe County Fair. Baja SAE participants design and build off-road cars, which are tested in competitions held around the country. The vehicles are put through races and other challenges, and the students learn as they go, applying what they’ve learned in the classroom and developing practical field experience. Our showcase at the fair – done in cooperation with Monroe Community College – provided a great opportunity to promote both the club and the Hajim School. Team member Nick Brown reported having a lot of fun, and a nice turnout. For more information about Baja SAE at UR, visit http://www.rochesterbaja.com.

Let’s travel outside Monroe County now, to Boulder, Colo., home of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the world-renowned manufacturer of spacecraft and related instruments. Interning there this summer is Sean McDonough, a rising senior here at the Hajim School. He and his fellow Ball interns are teaming up with interns from the United Launch Alliance – a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing – to helm a small rocket program. They’re calling it BIRST, and each of the participating teams will produce and launch a rocket (with payload)! And as if that’s not cool enough, the rockets will feature decals from the student-builders’ respective universities. Sean wrote me recently and asked if I’d send him a UR sticker for his team’s rocket; of course, I was thrilled and told him one was on the way. Come to think of it, “to infinity and beyond” isn’t all that different from “ever better”

I hope you all have an adventurous week ahead.

Rob Clark
Professor and Dean