Weekly Memo

Oct. 28, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Online registration for spring classes begins next Monday, and I again urge sophomores and juniors to strongly consider signing up for WRT273: Communicating your Professional Identity. Four sections are offered. I want Hajim School students to enjoy an "unfair" advantage in competing for jobs and internships, and this is the best way I know of to achieve that. This two-credit interactive course teaches students how to develop a professional communication portfolio of resumes, cover letters, electronic communications, technical project abstracts, online profiles (such as LinkedIn), and oral presentations. It also provides feedback from peers, instructors, alumni and potential employers to help students refine their presentations for different audiences. If you have questions, please contact Laura Godwin.

    Back in July some of our Hajim School PhD students headed for Ghana as part of the IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship) program. Rebecca Berman, one of the students, has prepared an interesting report on their activities, explaining why villagers in Ghana are so reliant on mobile phones -- and how the students helped them with some hands-on engineering.

    Congratulations to:

    The Systems Research Group in the Department of Computer Science for receiving four National Science Foundation grants this fall. Given the current funding climate, that's not bad at all for a research group with five core faculty members!

     Chunlei Guo, Professor of Optics, and Jonathan Zuegel, Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, for being elected Fellows of the Optical Society of America. This honor is reserved for OSA members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics; the number of Fellows is limited by the Society's bylaws to no more than 10% of the total OSA Membership.

     David D. Meyerhofer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and Deputy Director and Experimental Division Director at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. David has been elected Vice Chair of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics, effective next month. He will serve as Chair of the Division starting in Nov. 2015. David follows Riccardo Betti, the Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who was elected Vice Chair last year, meaning two years of UR chairs in a row.

    Paul Ampadu, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has been re-elected to a second term on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He has also been appointed to serve as editor for three journals: "IEEE Transactions on VLSI," "IEEE Design & Test of Computers," and "Integration - the VLSI Journal." He will collaborate with the editor-in-chief and other editors in managing article reviews, recommendations, and publications.

    Reminder: Friday is the deadline to register for a Nov. 8 workshop on National Science Foundation programs and funding, which will be held at RIT. Representatives from the seven NSF directorates and the Office of International and Integrative Activities will give presentations and will be available informally and in breakout sessions to discuss potential research proposals.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean