Weekly Memo

June 17, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Our faculty and students are among our most important ambassadors for the Hajim School, when they win prestigious awards, when they contribute to conferences and symposiums here and abroad, when they publish their findings in books and professional journals -- and when they participate in charitable and community events. Here are some great examples:

      James C.M. Li, the Albert Arendt Hopeman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and professor of Materials Science, has been awarded the Gold Medal of ASM International, the materials information society, "for his elucidation of the mechanical properties of materials through the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to the understanding of microstructural phenomena and for his mentoring of students and colleagues." Established in 1943, the award is among the most prestigious the society offers, and recognizes outstanding knowledge, versatility and problem-solving in the field of materials science and engineering.

       J.H. David Wu, professor of Chemical Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering, has been invited to serve as one of the five plenary lecturers at the upcoming International Symposium on the Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms (GIM), to be held in Cancun later this month. The meeting, held every four years, is considered one of the most important in this field, with more than 1,000 attendees expected from around the world.

     Paul Ampadu, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has just learned that his book chapter contribution on "Ballistic Transistor Logic for Circuit Applications," co-authored with his former PhD student David Wolpert (now at IBM), has been published in the Nanoelectronic Device Applications Handbook (CRC press). Paul, by the way, gave an invited talk on "Energy-Efficient Error Control for Many-Core Networks-on-Chip" at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, last month. "I'm establishing research/funding collaborations there and hope to create a PhD-student recruiting pipeline as well," Paul writes.

      Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Computer Science, is just back from the IEEE International Communications Conference in Budapest, Hungary, with good news: "Range Extension of Passive Wake-up Radio Systems through Energy Harvesting" by Li Chen, an ECE PhD student; Stephen Cool, an ECE undergrad; He Ba, an ECE PhD student; Heinzelman, and four collaborators at two other colleges was selected for one of the Best Paper Awards.

     Two more members of Prof. Jim Fienup's research group -- Optics graduate students Alden Jurling and Dustin Moore -- have received National Science Foundation travel grants to attend the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress of the Optical Society later this month.

     And  Danielle Benoit, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Chemical Engineering, and members of her lab, raised more than $900 serving lemonade this past weekend during Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Lemonade Days. Combined with their online fundraising of nearly $600, the lab has so far raised a grand total of $1,500 for this year's efforts. Founded by an inspiring young girl, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a national organization that raises funds to fight childhood cancer, and supports some of the research currently performed in the Benoit Laboratory. Click here to learn more and to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

     Congratulations to all! You've got me grinning from ear to ear.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean