Weekly Memo

March 4, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Here’s an important opportunity for Hajim School faculty and researchers to show regional businesses the new technologies we have to offer them. The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences is holding its 13th annual University Technology Showcase on Tuesday, March 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Henrietta from 1-5 p.m. The showcase, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity for  researchers from the UR, RIT and other area universities to present their work to industry – and to other researchers and organizations that promote economic development. The objective is to stimulate industry-university collaboration. And with the arrival of sequestration and the possible impact on federal research funding, I can’t stress enough the importance of this kind of collaboration. Please click here to register. The deadline is March 19.

A fine example of collaboration with industry is taking place today and tomorrow at The Institute of Optics, which is hosting the spring meeting of its Industrial Associates Program. Member companies help support Institute programs, and in return have a chance to meet faculty and students at meetings like this one, conduct internship and job interviews with students, and have their job openings posted. Needless to say, this is especially valuable for Institute students, many of whom have found great jobs through this program. A hearty welcome -- and thank you -- to the member companies on campus this week!

Final call for Hajim students to participate in an online resume submission program that will connect them with more than 50 companies (including Occidental Chemical Company, Eaton, National Fuel, Texas Instruments, IBM, Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery and Lutron Electronics). The program, offered through the Engineering & Technical Career and Internship Connection, is sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center. Click here to learn more, but don't delay: The deadline is today!

One of the most important challenges we face as engineers is finding ways to produce energy that is sustainable and environmentally responsible. Sound interesting? If so, the folks at the Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship (IGERT) program here at UR invite you to their free, day-long seminar starting at 11 a.m. March 15 in Sloan Auditorium at Goergen Hall. IGERT is an NSF program specifically geared to training a science and engineering workforce to tackle such challenges. In addition to learning about the program, seminar participants will hear presentations on the latest in fission and fusion power  and hydrogen fuel cells, and meet a super group of Hajim and other UR students who spent a month last summer in Ghana though the auspices of IGERT. Click here to register for the seminar, here if you'd like to apply for the IGERT program.

Congratulations to Mercy Asiedu, a junior BME major, who has been accepted for a prestigious summer research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, where she'll work with Mostafa Fatemi in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. Fewer than 10 percent of 1,159 applicants were chosen for this program. Mercy is senator of the National Society of Black Engineers, fundraising chair of the Pan-African Student Association, co-founder of Ma'Frisah Dance Troupe, an active member in the Biomedical Engineering Society, a tutor for our *STEM Gem program, as well as a student assistant in the Hajim Dean's Office. Well done, Mercy. We are all very proud of you!

Congratulations as well to Thomas Hollowell, junior in Mechanical Engineering, who won the egg drop competition Friday at Goergen Hall as Engineers Week activities wrapped up. Thomas, you may recall, was a member of the team that won the ASME pumpkins launch competition this past fall.

Sophomores take note:  It's time to declare your majors! See your Hajim School Undergraduate Program Coordinator to get started. Hajim School Sophomores who submit a major concentration form by March 21 will be invited to a Sophomore Declaration Party in their Honor, to be held in mid-April. Questions? Contact Donna Johnson in the Dean's Office.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean