Weekly Memo

Dec. 3, 2012

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     In October 2011, we began awarding Bravo Chips to recognize the exemplary work done by our staff members to help the Hajim School operate as a model of excellence. The response has been truly heartening: 61 staff members have been awarded Bravo Chips, some of them multiple times.
     Two recent recipients exemplify the dedication and hard work that underlie much of the progress we have made. Melissa Singkhamsack, secretary to Computer Science chair Henry Kautz, handled several months of advance preparation for the Big Data Forum, searching for and reserving venues for presentations, panels, and book signings, and arranging banquet, receptions, and entertainment. Computer Science received many compliments for holding an excellent conference. Donna Mura, an administrative assistant with the AS&E Advancement Staff, has done an outstanding job planning and organizing the Hajim School's Visiting Committee meetings, which showcase the school's achievements and help us reach out to alumni.
     Hat's off to Melissa, Donna and all the other Bravo Chip winners! You can read more about them at www.hajim.rochester.edu/bravo/index.html.
     Here's a great opportunity for students in search of jobs or internships: the Career and Internship Connections that will take UR students during winter break to meet recruiters in Boston (Jan. 7),  Los Angeles (Jan. 8),  New York City (Jan. 9) and Washington, D.C., (Jan. 11). They are organized by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, which also offers prep sessions on interview skills and networking tips before students depart.  Hurry though; today is the last day to register to be eligible for pre-screened interviews.

    Hajim students might want to check out this summer research opportunity. The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at the University of California,  Berkeley is offering sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors in engineering and physical sciences 9 weeks of hands-on research in nanomechanics, nanomagnetics, nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. The program includes a $4,000 stipend, plus room and board, and a travel allowance of up to $600. Application deadline is Feb. 1. Click here to apply; for information email education@e3s-center.org.

    With the end of the semester approaching, the Society of Women Engineers is spearheading the first annual Hajim Winter Ball for the Hajim community from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Meliora Grand Ballroom. Food will be catered by Meliora and there will be a cash bar. Music will be DJ'd by WRUR. This event is open to all UR students. You can get your tickets for $10 declining/flex at the Common Market. Formal attire required. Sounds like a great way to celebrate!

   As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean