Weekly Memo

Jan. 28, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Our faculty and students continue to make us proud. For example, a paper published by Engin Ipek, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science, and his student Mahdi N. Bojnordi was selected by IEEE Micro as one of the year's 11 most significant research papers in computer architecture based on novelty and long term impact. Their paper, "PARDIS: A Programmable Memory Controller for the DDRx Interfacing Standards," aims at improving memory system performance using a new class of programmable and versatile memory controllers.

Jonathan Kho, a junior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is going to Sydney, Australia, this spring. Jonathan is one of five UR students to receive prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. What a great opportunity!

Which segues nicely to an important reminder: The annual UR Global Fair, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Wilson Commons will highlight University-affiliated study abroad programs. Students who have studied abroad will provide peer advising, and representatives from College departments will tell students how Study Abroad can fit into the overall University experience and enhance graduate school and career opportunities. Yes, even engineering students can fit study abroad into their schedules! It should come as no surprise that the Hajim School is one of the cosponsors of this event, given the importance we place on study abroad as a critically important educational experience.

Here's another summer program Hajim students might want to consider. The 2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program offered by the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M is geared specifically to sophomores looking to pursue graduate studies. Participants work closely with faculty members on research projects, attend development and GRE workshops, make a formal poster presentation, and submit a final written report on their research. The application deadline is Feb. 11.

Keep up the good work, and keep me updated.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean