Weekly Memo

June 23, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Our Solar Splash team recently competed against 10 other universities at the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating at Dayton, Ohio. Steven Tau, a rising junior in ChemE; and rising sophomores Edward Ruppel of BME and Kelly Chang of MechE finished seventh overall, but second in Outstanding Technical Report and in Visual Display. They also received the Perseverance Award. Good work! They were accompanied by the team's co-advisor, Scott Russell, Senior Technical Associate in MechE. Click here to read more. All three students will be back with Solar Splash next school year, providing an experienced leadership core for the team, which will be looking to recruit new members. This is a great opportunity for engineering students to gain valuable hands-on experience.

    Congratulations to Anthony Yee, an Optics Ph.D. student working with Prof. Duncan Moore. Anthony is a recipient of a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  These prestigious awards, which provide $32,000 a year for up to three years, are presented to students based on their outstanding abilities and accomplishments, and their "potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise."

    Congratulations as well to Robert Boyd, Professor of Optics and of Physics, who will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Glasgow next month.

     Dan Smith, the undergraduate program manager for The Institute of Optics, visited Irondequoit High School recently as part of his outreach efforts to recruit students. He was assisted by Ashley Cannaday, an Optics Ph.D. student. Ashley gave two presentations that generated a great deal of enthusiasm for optics. Thanks to both Dan and Ashley!

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean