Weekly Memo

Oct. 8, 1012

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Meliora Weekend, which begins this Thursday, is many things: A chance for alumni to reconnect, an opportunity for parents to spend time on campus. Above all, it's a chance for all members of the University community—students, staff, faculty, parents, alums—and the general public, as well, to celebrate the incredible wealth of teaching and research taking place here. Hajim will be well represented in that celebration. For example, starting at 2 p.m. Friday in Room 209 of the Computer Studies Building a symposium will celebrate the Provost's Multidisciplinary Awards, which were created in 2008 to invigorate and nurture multidisciplinary scholarship at UR ... consistent with the motivation to be 'ever better.'  Four Hajim faculty members will be among those recognized: Anne Luebke, associate professor of biomedical engineering; James Allen, professor of computer science; Matthew Yates, associate professor of chemical engineering, and Hani Awad, associate professor of biomedical engineering.
     I commend these faculty members for embodying the spirit of multidisciplinary research.  I hope you can sit in on the symposium, drop by the reception, or sample at least of few of the many other events that make Meliora Weekend such a special time on our campus.

    Special congratulations to Mark Bocko, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who, earlier that day, will be honored as one of three winners of this year's Goergen Teaching Awards, which recognize the distinctive teaching accomplishments and skills of faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Mark's award is certainly well deserved. The ceremony will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Leibner-Cooper Room of the Goergen Athletic Center.
    It's great to see students stepping forward to take on the challenge of the Cornell Cup, the embedded design competition mentioned in last week's memo.  Two students, Christina Kayastha and Eric Frank, are helping to organize teams of three to five engineering, science or computer science students. An organization meeting will be held at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in Room 703 of the Computer Studies Building to finalize projects; please contact Eric or Christina if you plan on attending. The deadline for teams to register is Oct. 17. Thanks to both Christina and Eric for taking this on!

    For seniors in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering, an important date is coming up.  November 1 is the deadline to send in applications to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination in New York state. The exam is the first of a two-step process to professional licensure for anyone who is interested in practicing engineering professionally. If you are interested in taking the exam and would like to apply, or if you have any questions, email Donna Johnson. The FE exam is a “supplied reference” exam with access to a reference manual before and during testing. Click here to download the application form; be sure to use Form 1 (Application for Licensure and First Registration).

    Here's a reminder about an event that would be well worth your time: Milton Chang, entrepreneur and investor, will be here Oct. 16 to discuss the subject of his recent book,  Toward Entrepreneurship: Establishing a Successful Technology Business.  A discussion, networking reception, and book signing will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library, courtesy of the Hajim School, Simon School, and Center for Entrepreneurship. Advance registration is requested either by email or phone (5-9887); copies of Chang's book will be available courtesy of the Hajim School. 

     Finally, congratulations to Henry Kautz, organizer and director of the Rochester Big Data Initiative, and Melissa Singkhamsack, administrator of the Initiative, and all who helped them in organizing the very successful Rochester Big Data Forum 2012 this past week. We've had good feedback from participants who felt this one of the best conferences of its kind.

Take time to enjoy the fall colors this week, and keep me posted.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean