Weekly Memo

Sept. 30, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    It's great to see our students go out into the world and contribute to tissue engineering, hydrogen fuel cells, novel medical devices and  ....  Havoc Boards? Well, maybe Institute of Optics alum Luke Costanza '09 and fraternity brother Mac Stutzman '09, a history major, haven't solved one of society's grand challenges. But they've certainly come up with an interesting application for lasers. They're offering custom wooden game boards using maps of just about any location, made with laser engraving. You can read about their Kickstarter-financed new company, Bungled Board Games, in the current issue of Rochester Review.

     Congratulations to Ching Tang, professor of Chemical Engineering, who has been named recipient of the Eduard Rhein Award in Germany "for inventing the first highly efficient organic light emitting diode and further contributions to the development of organic semiconductor devices." He also is one of this year's 15 inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, again for his work on OLEDs. These are well-earned accolades for a pioneering researcher whose work has had a major impact in our lives.

      The Hajim School community extends its condolences to the family of Joseph William Gavett III, a professor emeritus at the Simon School, who died earlier this month at the age of 91. The Hajim School and this University owe much to the Gavett family. Prof. Gavett’s father, Joseph William Gavett Jr., was a revered teacher, and chair of what was then the Department of Engineering from 1921 until his death in 1942. Gavett Hall was named after him in 1949. The younger Gavett was a 1944 UR graduate in Mechanical Engineering, who, starting in 1946, served for a time as director of Todd Union, then a student’s union. He returned to the University of Rochester in 1962 as an associate professor of business administration and eventually held dual appointments in the Simon School and the Department of Preventive, Family, and Rehabilitation Medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was also active in the local Habitat for Humanity.

      Hajim School students interested in studying abroad next spring, take note: You can still file the required proposal form with the Center for Study Abroad. This is simply a nonbinding declaration of interest; it is not a formal commitment. But hurry; the extension on the usual Sept. 15 deadline ends today.

      In addition to encouraging more of our students to study abroad, another top priority of the Hajim School is making sure our students find productive internships and rewarding jobs. So please take note of these upcoming opportunities, through the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center:
         My twice-a-year meetings with the Hajim School Dean's Advisory Committee often take place in major transportation hubs like New York City and Chicago because members are coming from all over the country to attend. So it was a real pleasure to host them here in Rochester last week. The members got a firsthand look at our new Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, in addition to other Hajim School facilities and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean