Weekly Memo

Feb. 18, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Congratulations to Scott Catlin, a '92 graduate of The Institute of Optics, who will oversee UR's Office of Technology Transfer as our new associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization. This is a hugely important position as the University looks for new ways to link our research efforts with companies that can get those good ideas out into the marketplace. Welcome back, Scott! I know you'll do a great job.

Another Institute grad, Christopher Cotton (MS '90), general manager and founder of ASE Optics, has an interesting article at the SPIE online newsroom about an iPhone-compatible fluorescence microscope his company developed with Dairy Quality Inc. that can be used for field analysis of milk and other biological fluids. The device couples with the iPhone camera and measures bacteria counts per mL at a 1-mircon resolution. Very impressive!

And yet another Institute grad, Jessica DeGroote Nelson ('02, MS '04, PhD '07), research and development manager at Optimax Systems Inc., and an adjunct faculty member of the Institute, will be the guest speaker at a brown bag lunch sponsored by Women in Engineering from noon to 12:50 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 in Goergen 108. She will talk about career path and work/life balance; there will be a question and answer session. All faculty and students are welcome. For more information, contact Cristina Canavesi or visit blogs.rochester.edu/wie.

Here's an interesting summer research opportunity for engineering undergraduates: a 10-week program on Wind Energy Science, Engineering and Policy offered by the Wind Energy Initiative at Iowa State University. This will involve all kinds of hands-on experience with wind turbine operation and design. The deadline to apply is March 8.

Female faculty members, scientists, postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to attend the first meeting of a new affinity group on campus – WiSTEE (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship)  – at 4 p.m. March 1 in the Faculty Club. Among the group's goals:  fostering career growth for junior and mid-career women in STEE @ UR, and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in science and technology. I'm pleased to see that scientist Jie Qiao of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics will lead the group as a chair, and that professors Jannick Rolland of the Institute of Optics and Laurel Carney from Biomedical Engineering are on the advisory board. I also like the advice for those planning to attend: "Bring your business cards ...  and be yourself." That's good advice for a lot of occasions! Click here to register.
Don't forget: Engineering Week activities begin Sunday with tunnel painting under the Eastman Quad at 8 p.m.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean