Weekly Memo

Feb. 4, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Finally! Our exciting new major in Audio and Music Engineering has received state approval. A big round of applause for Mark Bocko, our chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who created this program with David Headlam of the Eastman School of Music, Jack Mottley of ECE, and John Covach, chair of the River Campus Music Department and faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.  More details to come. In the meantime, a video just posted by Matthew Mann of University Communications provides a nice overview. This is yet another example of UR's strength in multidisciplinary learning. And it will be a great stepping stone for students preparing for careers in a rapidly evolving field.

      Our multidisciplinary approach is also exemplified in the Archaeology, Technology and Historic Structures program, which is directed by Renato Perucchio, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and draws on the expertise of other Hajim faculty members as well. The program is co-sponsoring a talk by Lawrence Coben of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology on a new paradigm for preserving cultural heritage sites. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at 321 Morey Hall.

    Interested in scholarships? Here's a website that outlines 25 different scholarships -- specifically for engineering students. Interested in enhancing your engineering background with business skills? Check out Simon School's graduate degree offerings at a speed networking event for UR undergrads from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow in the Bridge Lounge at Wilson Commons. Free pizza and giveaways included. Pre-register at www.simon.rochester.edu/speed-networking.

   Google, Oracle, Apple - leading companies in technology and innovation. I was fortunate enough to spend time with each of these companies last week while in Silicon Valley on UR business. There are numerous opportunities for the Hajim School to work with them and further develop internship and career placement opportunities. From software to hardware, and in big data, informatics, and biostatistics, we can meet the needs of these leading firms. Along with Mark Taubman, Dean of our School of Medicine and Dentistry; Greg Gdowski, Executive Director of Center for Medical Technology Innovation ; and former UR BME graduate student Rachel Rakvica, I presented our new Center for Medical Technology Innovation to a sellout crowd that included 90 alumni and friends.

  And I also managed to miss what I hear was a pretty miserable turn for the worse in the weather back in Rochester!

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean