Weekly Memo

Dec. 17, 2012

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

With final exams upon us and the end of another productive semester at hand, let’s take a moment to recognize a couple of outstanding achievements by members of the Hajim School community.

Govind Agrawal, professor of optics and professor of physics, will receive the 2013 William H. Riker University Award for Graduate Teaching at the Doctoral Commencement in May. This award has been granted annually since 1987, but only one other professor of optics has received it—Emil Wolf, in 2000. Congratulations, Govind.

Antonio Williams, a mechanical engineering alumnus (MS ’94, PhD ’00) and researcher at Xerox, will receive the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C. in February. Antonio is credited with helping Xerox expand its solid ink technology. He is also being recognized for his commitment to diversity and to mentoring young professionals. Click here to read more.

The RISE (Research Internships in Science & Engineering) Scholars Program is a great opportunity for engineering students. Amanda Chen ’14, one of our biomedical engineering students, can attest to that after spending last summer as a RISE scholar at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. (Click here, then scroll down to the list of 2012 DAAD-RISE scholars and click on Amanda's name to read her fascinating account.) Students of at least sophomore standing may apply; international students are also encouraged. No prior knowledge of German is necessary. Contact Belinda Redden, Director of Fellowships, Fellowships Office, 4-209B Dewey.

The Buzz has an interesting article about the small but highly motivated group of students pursuing the geomechanics major, jointly offered by Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. It's a good example of an interdisciplinary study that can prepare students for all kinds of career opportunities. Consider, for example, Randy Essex '75, a geomechanics graduate who visited campus earlier this fall to talk about his tunnel projects across the world. 

Mehul Malik, PhD candidate with the Boyd Quantum Photonics Research Group, is highlighted in an online MIT Technology Review article about his research using the quantum properties of photons to create unjammable aircraft detection. Mehul has been working with fellow PhD student Omar Magana-Loaiza and advisor Robert Boyd, professor of optics. The article describes this as “an impressive demonstration of the first imaging system that is unjammable thanks to quantum mechanics.” Click here to read more.

I would like to thank all of you—faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Hajim School—for another successful semester. As I look back over all we've accomplished this fall, I'm even more excited about what the spring semester will bring.

In the meantime, good luck with those finals, enjoy a happy and safe holiday season, and keep me posted. The next memo will be issued on January 14, 2013.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean