Weekly Memo

March 24, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

      Congratulations to Dan Hassin, a sophomore in Computer Science, who has been selected as a 2014 KPCB Engineering Fellow by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Dan is among 53 recipients chosen from nearly 2,500 applicants from more than 200 universities. This is not the first recognition for Dan. When he received the UR Iota Award earlier this school year, the citation noted that "Dan has attracted attention in the Computer Science Department with his research that will help to toilet-train autistic children using a smart-phone app. His instructors have also noticed that Dan is an 'outstanding citizen' willing to help tutor just about anyone on anything." Good work, Dan!

       Congratulations as well to three Hajim School students on the women's field hockey team who have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches 2014 Academic Squad. To qualify for the squad, a player must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. They are Sayaka Abe '17 Chemical Engineering, Mary Bucklin '16 Biomedical Engineering, and Alexis Wood '17 Mechanical Engineering. Thanks to Dennis O'Donnell, Director of Athletic Communications, for the heads up on this. Dennis notes that Rochester won the NFHCA’s Team Academic Award for cumulative GPA above 3.00 -- as it has every year since the award started in the mid-2000s.

       And congratulations to three Hajim School students who earned All-American honorable mentions at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this past week.
Junior Lauren Bailey in ChemE earned four All-American honors, helping the 200-yard medley team set a new school record. She also earned All-American honors in the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard butterfly, and as part of the 200 freestyle relay team. Freshman Danielle Neu of ChemE became the first female diver in school history to earn All-American honors with her performance in the 3-meter diving event. She just missed qualifying for the final 16 in the one meter diving event.  Senior Karen Meess of BME earned All-American honors as part of that record-setting performance in the 200-yard medley, and just missed qualifying for another All-American honor when the 400 medley relay team also was one place short of qualifying for the final 16. You read more here.

    The Department of Chemical Engineering is launching a new 6-credit summer study abroad course on "Energy, Sustainability & Society" this July at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Topics will include basic fundamentals of energy and heat flow, coal, oil and natural gas, hydrofracking, renewable energy technologies, energy policies and politics, smart grids, and environmental justice. Note, this is the course that was originally being planned for Cape Town, South Africa. Applications are due by April 1; contact Jennifer Condit for more information.

     We've updated our Study Abroad web pages to include newly approved ECE courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), at Madrid, and at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales in Australia. Additionally we have three BME courses approved for Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  Learn more here.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean