Weekly Memo

Sept. 3, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

      A warm welcome to all our new and returning students. I hope everyone is ready for an exciting academic year. And I do mean exciting. Why?
      The new Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, next to Wilson Commons, will soon be open to our students with its state-of-the-art fabrication lab, sound and video recording studios, digital media studies learning area, and more.
       We’ve added two more sections of WRT 273, Communicating Your Professional Identity, to give students the communication skills expected in today’s competitive job market. (See more below…)
      We’ve just added Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a new Study Abroad destination for Hajim School students; be sure to check out our new website explaining the benefits of study abroad and listing other study abroad destinations geared specifically for engineering students
      An innovative new master’s program in medical technology and innovation is off and running, placing engineering students in clinical settings to better understand how to design medical devices.
     The undergraduate lab space in MechE is being refurbished to give students more hands-on time with experiments and in-depth projects.
      And four new faculty members have joined the Hajim School this summer. Zhiyao Duan in Electrical and Computer Engineering, M. Ehsan Hoque in Computer Science, Douglas Kelley in Mechanical Engineering, and Wyatt Tenhaeff in Chemical Engineering bring with them strong research and teaching strengths. We wish them all the best.

    Be sure to drop by our Hajim School E-Social from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the Goergen Atrium and walkway. Various engineering-related student organizations will be on hand to share what they’ve got planned this year and there will be a slideshow showcasing senior design projects.

   And check out our Hajim School tent at the Clothesline Festival this Saturday and Sunday. This is Rochester’s premiere arts and crafts festival, held on the grounds of the University’s Memorial Art Gallery. Our exhibit features images submitted by students, faculty, and staff that convey aesthetic beauty and tell compelling stories about the intersection of art and science. Our tent will be next to the MAG's Gallery Store. For students new to Rochester, this is a great way to start getting acquainted with the city and what it offers.

     Looking for some part-time work? Engineering sophomores, juniors and seniors can help us give tours of the Hajim School for prospective students and their parents -- and get paid for it. Applications to be an Engineering Meridian (Hajim School tour guide) are available at the Admissions front desk in Wallis Hall. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 13. Contact Michael Shea for more information.

     Some calendar notes:
     The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster will present a program on "The National Photonics Initiative: What is Rochester's Role?" at its annual meeting from 3-6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. This would be a good opportunity for Hajim School students to meet potential employers and collaborators -- and best of all, the registration fee is waived for students. When you register, enter STUDENTFREE in the Promo code box.

    Also this Thursday I'll welcome Hajim School faculty and staff back for the new academic year at our annual fall reception, starting at 6 p.m. at Oak Hill Country Club.

    Students who would like to study abroad next spring need to submit a nonbinding proposal form to the Center for Study Abroad by Sept. 15.

     Our next University of Rochester Big Data Forum on Oct. 18 will feature a strong lineup of academic, industry and government speakers addressing the latest topics in this all-important field. Seating is limited for this all-day event at Rush-Rhees Library, so register soon!

     Finally, it’s not too late for juniors and seniors to register for one of those new sections of WRT 273, Communicating Your Professional Identity. During this two-credit interactive course, students will explore and articulate their internship and career goals for distinct audiences and purposes as they develop a professional communication portfolio including resumes, cover letters, electronic communications, technical project abstracts, online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn), and oral presentations. Students will revise and refine their work based on critical feedback from peers, instructors, alumni, and potential employers. By the semester’s end, students will have gained extensive experience with the communication skills expected in today’s competitive job market. Three sections are being offered. For more information, please contact Laura Godwin.

     Have a great first week of classes, and keep me posted….


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean