Weekly Memo

April 22, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

If Cristina Canavesi's name sounds familiar, it's probably because of her outstanding record of accomplishments. Her latest: She's one of two first-place finishers in The Simon Games, a business simulation competition, thereby earning a 2013 Full-Tuition Scholarship worth more than $89,000 to pursue an Executive MBA at the Simon School. During the seven-week simulation, Cristina, an Optics doctoral student in Jannick Rolland's group, had to set up a global corporation and control everything from product design and advertising, to manufacturing and sales. Finally she had to give a presentation in front of Simon faculty, staff, alumni and current eMBA students. "The competition was demanding and intense, but I enjoyed putting myself to the test against brilliant professionals, who in many cases had years of business experience," Cristina relates. We've had prior occasions to congratulate Cristina in this memo: Last year, she earned SPIE's top student award for optical design AND placed first in the Mark Ain Business Model Competition with three other students. In other words, she combines outstanding scholarship with entrepreneurial skills. That's something I would like more of our students to emulate. Congratulations, Cristina!

Our Baja SAE Team was on the road last week for the SAE Collegiate Design Competition at Tennessee Tech University. Seventeen students of varying backgrounds and majors made the trip -- an unusually high number compared to recent years -- and even more helped the team build a robust off-road buggy for racing in harsh terrain. Students apply what they learn in the classroom while developing teamwork, project management, and other professional skills. This is a great learning experience for the students, who also are great ambassadors for our school and our University. Click here for more information on the team.

Roland Cheng, one of our doctoral students in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a newly minted private pilot, will offer personal insights about his flight training at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hubbell Auditorium. It is part of an effort to interest university students, local engineers and women in flying by introducing them to general aviation and addressing common misconceptions held by non-aviators. Jill Werth, a local flight instructor, will also attend the talk, which is sponsored by IEEE, ASME, AlChE, OSA, WiSE, RES, and Tau Beta Pi.

Next week's memo will come out one day later than usual, on Tuesday the 30th. In the meantime, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean