Weekly Memo

June 10, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     A warm welcome to the 81 participants in this year's Summer Course Series at The Institute of Optics, which continues through Friday. The Institute first offered a "Summer Course in Optics for Industrial Laboratory Engineers" in 1931, two years after its founding. This year's topics include Fundamentals of Optics, Modern Optical Engineering, Optical Thin Films, Opto-Mechanical Analysis, Lasers and Optoelectronics, Biomedical Optics, and Optical System Design. This is a great way to "connect" the Hajim School with local companies. Special thanks to the nearly two dozen Optics faculty members and other instructors who are involved in teaching the courses this year.

    Another event whose long history originated in The Institute of Optics is the Rochester Conferences on Coherence and Quantum Optics, which has been held every six years since its inception in 1960, and will reconvene here starting June 17. The first conference, organized by then Optics director Robert Hopkins, and his new faculty hire, Emil Wolf, took place a mere two weeks before the invention of the laser was announced. The CQO conferences bring together leading researchers from around the world, including Nobel laureates. The Optical Society's Quantum Information and Measurement meeting will be held here starting the next day. For more information, click here.

    Congratulations to Wayne Knox on his appointment as a 2013-14 Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the American Physical Society's Division of Laser Science. Knox, our associate dean, is stepping down from that position July 1 to pursue a promising line of research.

     Congratulations also to two students who have received funding to attend conferences this summer. Matt Bergkoetter, an Optics graduate student working with Prof. James Fienup, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to cover registration and travel costs to attend an OSA Adaptive Optics conference later this month in Arlington, Va.

     Dennis Briggs, a master's student in Mechanical Engineering working with Asst. Prof. Jonathan Ellis, has been awarded a travel scholarship by SPIE to attend the SPIE Optics + Photonics Symposium, Aug. 25-29, in San Diego. Dennis will present a paper on "Accurately Measuring the Dynamic Coefficient of Friction in UltraForm Finishing" at the Optical Manufacturing and Testing X conference.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean