Weekly Memo

Jan. 20, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Congratulations to Jonathan Ellis, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Optics, whose Field Guide to Displacement Measuring Interferometry has just been published by SPIE. Displacement Measuring Interferometry is widely used in industry and academia, essentially using light to measure the displacement of objects. It is commonly used in calibrating positioning systems. But up until now there has been no handy source of information. Good work, Jon, on filling that void.

     A video produced by BME grad students Bryan Bobo and Youssef Farhat is among eight entries in this year's Video Outreach Competition sponsored by the Orthopaedic Research Society. Their 3-minute video, "Working Together for a Better Future," explains why collaboration in research at the U of R is so essential for progress in today's world of modern science and medicine. Click here to see their video (located on the bottom-left corner of the competition website). Youssef, you might recall, took first place in this competition last year for his video, "Who Cares about Orthopaedic Research"  You can show your support for their entry by watching and voting for the video before Jan. 29. Best of luck, Bryan and Youssef!

     Here's a heads up on a source of scholarships for engineering students. The Rochester Engineering Society, the umbrella organization for engineering societies in this area, offers multiple scholarships of $1,000 or more to recognize outstanding engineering, science and technology undergraduate students who have completed two years of study with at least a 3.0 GPA, and will be continuing their studies at a local college next school year.  Here's a link for more information (see page 4). Deadline for applications and reference letters is Feb. 14.

    And here are a couple of research internship opportunities available to engineering students this summer.  The Nano-Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia offers a 10-week program in nanoscale research across a wide range of disciplines, including materials science, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering. Participants earn a $5,000 stipend. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

    Texas A&M offers undergraduate summer research grants to outstanding engineering students who have completed their sophomore year and are interested in pursuing graduate studies. Participants receive a $5,000 grant/scholarship, plus housing or housing allowance and up to $400 for travel expenses. Deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean