Weekly Memo

Jan. 14, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    There's no better way to start a new year than by recognizing the latest accolades received by Hajim School faculty members. Chunlei Guo, professor of optics, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his pioneering contributions in laser-matter interactions and applications, including the discoveries of the black and colored metals and exploring their wide range of applications. And Gaurav Sharma, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), for his contributions to electronic imaging and media security. Congratulations to both!

    A warm welcome to Daniel Smith, who has joined The Institute of Optics as the undergraduate coordinator. Dan comes to us from the U.S. Navy where he worked as an instructor and standardization pilot. Congratulations to Betsy Benedict, who officially becomes graduate coordinator at The Institute after filling the role the last nine months while also supporting undergraduate students.

    Deadlines are approaching for a couple of off-campus study opportunities that Hajim students might want to consider. Rice University is accepting applications through Jan. 25, for the 2013 NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates program. This program, focusing on THz dynamics of nanostructures, is especially keen on involving underrepresented science and engineering students.
   Worcester Polytechnic Institute is taking applications until Feb. 1 for "Integrated Bioengineering Research, Education, and Outreach Experiences for Females and Underrepresented Minorities," a summer internship that provides a $5,000 stipend, free housing and funds for meals and travel.

   I strongly urge Hajim students to drop by the UR Global Fair from 1 to 3 p.m.,  Friday, Feb. 1, at the May Room and Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons to learn more about UR-affiliated study abroad programs. In addition to program representatives, study abroad returnees will be available to share information and advice based on their own experiences. As I've stressed in past memos, study abroad is not only an invaluable educational opportunity, but a good way to get a leg up on the competition when it comes time to look for a job.

    I hope everyone is well rested and ready to do good work this semester! As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean