Weekly Memo

Dec. 23, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

      Congratulations to Qiang Lin, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Optics, for receiving a $400,000, five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program grant from the National Science Foundation. This is one of the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organization's mission. The grant will help Qiang's research on exploring transformative approaches for generating high-purity entangled photonic quantum states, on a silicon chip, that are capable of diverse applications for both long-haul quantum communication and on-chip integrated quantum computing. Well done, Qiang!

    Congratulations also to Xi-Cheng Zhang, Director of the Institute of Optics and M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics, for being elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. This has been a very good year for Xi-Cheng, who also was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was selected to receive the 2014 Kenneth J. Button prize by the International Society of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves.

     And on that high note, I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Hajim School for yet another successful semester. I hope you're looking forward to next one as eagerly as I am!

     In the meantime, let's enjoy the holidays. I hope you will spend them close to family and friends. And I wish all of you health, comfort, and prosperity in the New Year.

     As always, keep me updated. Our next memo will come out on Jan. 13.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean