Weekly Memo

Dec. 10, 2012

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     ChemE has just launched an e-newsletter that the department hopes to put out twice a year to  keep in touch with alumni and friends. I highly recommend it. (Visit the ChemE homepage, then click on the link under the main photo.) The newsletter includes a description and some before and after photos of the nearly-finished renovation of ChemE's undergraduate lab in Gavett Hall, news of faculty and staff, an alumni profile of Maruti Bhandarkar (MS 1985, PhD 1988), and human interest items. Good job, ChemE!

    Included in the list of interesting, innovative things happening at the Hajim School is the work being done by Wendi Heinzelman, dean of graduate studies and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and grad student Na Yang on an algorithm that can detect human emotions through speech with greater accuracy than ever before -- without even having to look at the meaning of the words. They presented their findings at the IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology in Miami last week. Click here to learn more about their project.

    I urge our faculty members to participate in a survey to help the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity understand what the University is doing well and areas that need improvement in terms of faculty support. The confidential and anonymous survey, which is being conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), covers tenured and tenure-track faculty. A high participation rate is vital. The survey runs through Jan. 18. For more information, contact Vivian Lewis.

   Here’s another chance for students to learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM), which can definitely strengthen your job-seeking portfolio. An information session will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. The TEAM program is a joint offering of the Hajim and Simon schools. In as little as a year, students receive detailed technical knowledge in their engineering field as well as the entrepreneurial tools to innovate, lead, and strategically manage in an industry setting. RSVP to 276-3500 or email andrea.galati@rochester.edu.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean