Weekly Memo

Nov. 25, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

       The Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO), which promises to usher in a new era of optical innovation by shaping lenses and mirrors in unprecedented ways, took an important step forward earlier this month.  Jannick Rolland, the center's director and our Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering, reports that CeFO completed the first meeting of its Industry Affiliate Board in Tucson, following a first Topical Meeting of the Optical Society of America on Freeform Optics. The topical meeting attracted over 100 attendees, about half from academia and the rest from industry. Several faculty members across Optics, Mechanical Engineering, and the Laser Laboratory for Energetics, as well as 12 members from industry participated in the CeFO IAB meeting.  As Jannick notes "It was a good week for Freeform Optics, the OSA, and the community."

      Here's a great example of how students and local businesses can both benefit when they have opportunities to collaborate on projects. This past school year, Senior Research Scientist Lori Shaw-Klein and Vice President Bill Grande of Micropen Medical, a Honeoye Falls company that specializes in printing critical functional materials on medical devices, volunteered as mentors to work with a BME Senior Design team.  The project involved developing a balloon catheter that could heat the renal artery and disable nerves that contribute to hypertension. A company newsletter, just received, notes: "The combination of Micropen Medical's expertise in the printed medical device field and the fresh innovation brought by the students resulted in a game changing proof of concept. . . After graduation several of the students continued to collaborate with Micropen Medical to advance the technology even further and prepare the work for scientific publication." Team members included James Jeng, Ian Marozas, Natalie Mitchell, John Nicosia, Joshua Holtzberg and Laura Hobbs.

     Congratulation to Jenny Quintero, a BME sophomore who is one of five University of Rochester students who have been selected to receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad next spring. Jenny will be studying in Australia.

     And to Aku Antikainen, a PhD student in Optics, who has received a graduate study grant from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

      Thanks to John Lambropoulos, chair of MechE, for passing along this eye-opening bit of information: engineering majors comprised 40 percent of the roster of the UR men's soccer team, which had a great season. Congratulations to Braden Adcock '14, Tyler Buck '16, Shane Dobles '15, Ben Keeton '15, Nick Pastore '15 and Andrew Sheridan '15, all of MechE; to J.C. Billone '14, Marshal Davidson '16, Jarvis D'Souza '15, Keith Grafmeyer '15, Jeff Greblick '17 and Evan Sosnow '16, all of BME, and to Max Fan '14 of ChemE for helping propel the Yellowjackets past the second round of the NCAA Div. III men's soccer tournament for just the third time. The team lost 1-0 Saturday to Montclair State in the Sweet 16 round to end the season. It is especially gratifying to read that J.C., Jarvis, Shane, Ben and Evan were named to the UAA Conference All-Academic team earlier this fall for maintaining a 3.3 cumulative GPA. Click here to read more about their accomplishments.

         Henry Osti '83, a MechE alumnus, lost both of his parents to cancer within 98 days of each other. Now he's honoring his parents memory -- and helping other victims of cancer -- by bicycling 1,000 miles around Florida this month to encourage bone-marrow donations. Osti, managing director of Osti and Associates management consultants, cycled 3,800 miles across the U.S. in 2011 to raise cancer awareness, and has founded RYDE, a non-profit organization, to help further the cause.

       Speaking of alumni, Bob Bly '79 (ChemE) has just published his 81st book -- a collection of science fiction short stories. Fiction is a relatively new category for Bly, an independent copywriter and consultant, whose previous titles include The Complete Idiot's Guide To Direct MarketingThe Copywriter's Handbook, The Ultimate Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book and The Science in Science Fiction.

        I hope all of you will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday in safety, and in the company of family and friends. As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean