Weekly Memo

Nov. 12, 2012

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    We're doing our very best here at the Hajim School to give our students an outstanding portfolio of engineering skills to show potential employers. But the best portfolio in the world won't do you any good if you don't know how to get your foot in the door and present it in a persuasive manner. That's why we're offering a new, two-credit course next spring on “Communicating your professional identity”—WRT273. It's designed specifically for juniors majoring in engineering and applied sciences, and teaches “real life” skills and strategies to help students put their best foot forward. You'll have a chance to hone your resumes, cover letters, technical project abstracts, online profiles, and oral presentations with helpful critiques from peers, instructors, alumni and potential employers. I can't stress enough the importance of this kind of training. Hey, it's a very competitive job market out there, even for engineers, and we want to be sure our Hajim graduates have every advantage when they enter it! For more information, contact Laura Godwin.

   While we're on the topic, would you like to be able to demonstrate a combination of engineering skills and entrepreneurial savvy to a potential employer? If so, you might want to check out the TEAM information session from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday in Room 1-211 Simon Hall. TEAM—the Master of Science in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management—is a joint offering by the Hajim and Simon schools. In as little as a year, students receive detailed technical knowledge in their field as well as the tools to innovate, lead, and strategically manage in an industry setting.  For more information, or to register, click here.
    A couple of memos back I talked about study abroad as something every engineering student ought to include in their portfolio.  Here's a chance to find out more: A Study Abroad Info Session for Engineers will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, in the Wilson Commons Gowen Room. There are lots of opportunities for engineering students abroad, including this one: the CENIDE Nano Summer Program organized by the Center for Nanointegration at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

   Let's all have a productive last full week before Thanksgiving break and, as always, keep me posted.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean