Weekly Memo

Feb. 11, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Here's an exciting opportunity for Hajim School students. The Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition—created to encourage undergraduate engineering/applied science students to consider the commercial potential of their design project or research—is accepting submissions. Students, individually or in teams, compete by submitting a business plan for a technical business, often based on their senior design projects. Last year, total prize money of over $8,000 was awarded for the top projects. Groups can also choose to submit their plan to the Mark Ain Business Model competition, which has a top prize of $10,000. Business plans are due Monday, April 22, and final presentations are Friday, May 3. For more information call 276-3500 or e-mail Maureen Konopka.

    Heads up to all Hajim School students: Among the 30 or so companies that will have recruiters on campus Wednesday to talk about jobs and internships, more than a dozen of them are specifically looking for computer science and engineering students. They include Microsoft, ITT Exelis, Ball Aerospace and Technologies and General Motors. All class years and majors are welcome to attend and explore current and future career opportunities. So be sure to drop by the Spring Career and Internship Day, sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center from 1 to 4 p.m. at the May Room/Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons! 

    Also be sure to mark your calendars for Engineers Week activities, Feb. 24 through March 1. Activities will include tunnel painting beneath the Quad, Engineering Jeopardy, poker night, resume workshop, the annual ASME egg drop competition, and an E-Social. Check the calendar at our undergraduate web page for details.

    Here's a summer job opportunity for students right here on campus: As an Orientation Leader, you will work 35 hours a week for $9 an hour, and a free room. Interested? Contact Eleanor Oi, Director of Orientation, or Matt Spielmann. Application forms are due Friday.

    Thanks to Xi-Cheng Zhang, Director of The Institute of Optics, and to Prof. Jim Zavislan for attending and speaking at our reception Feb. 3 during the Photonics West meeting. Even with the Super Bowl we had a record attendance of over 80 guests to hear the latest on new initiatives at The Institute.

     A hearty welcome to yet another new member of the Hajim School family. I received this email from Danielle Benoit, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering on Saturday: “Pat and I are delighted to announce that Raymond James Benoit greeted the world promptly at 6:26 AM on 2/9 (his due date), weighing 7 lbs 9 oz and measuring 19.25 inches. We are all tired but doing well.” And we are delighted! Congratulations, Danielle.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean