Weekly Memo

Jan . 27, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     If you've thought about studying abroad -- and especially if you haven't -- you owe it to yourself to drop by the annual Study Abroad Global Fair this Friday from 1-3 p.m. in the May Room and Bridge Lounge of Wilson Commons. This is a one-stop opportunity to hear from representatives of the various programs, financial aid officers, and travel agents -- and even to apply for a passport. Best of all, fellow students who have already participated will share their insights. Studying abroad is a great opportunity -- and if you don't believe me, take a look at these testimonials from Hajim School students who have done so! Or take a moment to welcome back these Hajim School students who studied abroad last semester: Emily Ansley (Computer Science -- Cyprus), Paula Aronson (BME -- China), MacKenzie Hyman (ECE -- Spain), Reuben Morrison (BME -- Spain), Alexander Nee (ChemE -- Australia), Ali Ramoul (MechE -- Spain), Yaron Shahverdi (Computer Science -- Australia) and Ian Wallace-Moyer (ChemE -- Australia).

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Bradley, an Electrical and Computer Engineering senior, whose abstract submission “Photoresponse of Self-Switching Nano-Diodes," has been accepted for presentation at the National Council on Undergraduate Research conference at the University of Kentucky in April. The conference, which is expected to attract 4,000 students, is an opportunity for undergrads to present research to peers, receive feedback from faculty from other institutions, network with graduate school representatives, and hear plenary speakers. Elizabeth has been advised in her research by Roman Sobolewski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Physics, and a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

    Congratulations as well to James McGrath, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Biomedical Engineering. James is co-founder of Simpore, a nanotechnology company that was recently announced as a winner of the 2013-14 Short Term Applied Research (STAR) program by the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences. Simpore is using ultrathin nanoporous silicon membranes for filters that separate and concentrate biological molecules and nanoparticles, for cell culture substrates for growing cells, and for electron microscopy grids for preparing and imaging samples at the nanoscale.

    An upcoming two-day career planning boot camp might be of interest to Hajim School students and postdocs who are planning to enter the non-academic job market in the next 12 to 18 months. It will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences March 21-22. Click here for details.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean