Weekly Memo

Feb. 24, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Congratulations to two of our Ph.D. students.

    Daniel Savage of The Institute of Optics has been accepted by the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry into the Medical Scientist Training Program. This NIH-sponsored program trains outstanding students to undertake careers in biomedical research and academic medicine through an integrated program of graduate training in the biomedical sciences and clinical training. Graduates receive the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, and many of them pursue careers in basic biomedical or clinical research. Daniel would be the first student in the Institute's history to earn a Ph.D. and M.D from the University of Rochester.  That will be quite an achievement! His co-advisors, by the way, are Wayne Knox, Professor of Optics and of Physics, and Krystel Huxlin, Professor of Ophthalmology, of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Both are members of the Center for Visual Science. For the last three years, Daniel was supported by a graduate student fellowship on the CVS training grant funded by the National Eye Institute.

    Xiaochen Guo, in Assistant Professor Engin Ipek's lab in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has won a second IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. These are intensely competitive awards which, according to IBM, honor "exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study."  Students are eligible to receive up to three of the yearly fellowships if they demonstrate "continued exceptional academic standing, progress and achievement, and sustained interaction with IBM's technical community." Xiaochen's research focuses on power efficient computer architectures. She has spent the last two summers as a research intern at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Very impressive, Xiaochen!

    Also impressive is Koji Muto, a junior in Mechanical Engineering. Last week we announced that Koji had received a $5,000 scholarship from Kelly Services after writing a very persuasive essay on the potential of hydrokinectic energy. Now he has received word that he also has received a $2,500 scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, a coalition of more than 270 engineering-related firms. The Council's scholarships are designed to "promote the (consulting engineering) profession to the next generation, award outstanding engineering students and help New York retain promising young talent," Koji certainly fits that description.  

   Hajim School students interested in studying in Singapore should check out Nanyang Technology University by contacting the Center for Study Abroad at 275-7532. Nanyang offers a study abroad program to eligible sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors. Reminder: The deadline to file a nonbinding study abroad proposal for next fall has been extended until March 1. Click here for more information.

    Last but not least, we've got neat activities scheduled the next few days for Engineers Week, including an Etiquette Dinner on Wednesday and the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers Egg Drop Competition at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Rettner Hall. The egg drop will be held in conjunction with an E-Social there from  4 to 6 p.m. Go to our Facebook page for details.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean