Weekly Memo

Sept. 22, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Students interested in studying abroad -- and I know a lot of you are -- please take note:

     1. The deadline to file an application to study abroad next spring has been extended to Sept. 30. Click here for more information.

     2. Gabor Bojar, founder of AIT Budapest, will be here tomorrow to talk about the unique study abroad program his institute in Hungary offers to students interested in computer science. An information session for students will be at 4 p.m. in CSB 633. Click here to read more about the AIT program. You'll definitely want to drop by to hear what he has to say.
     I encourage any Hajim School student interested in studying abroad to contact Rohan Palma, our adviser who specializes in this area.

     This semester, 56 engineering juniors and seniors have been invited to join Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Founded in 1885, Tau Beta Pi is the nation's oldest engineering honor society celebrating the scholastic achievements and exemplary character of engineering students. Congratulations to these individuals, and we wish them the best of luck on their initiation process in joining this prestigious society.

     On that note, Tau Beta Pi members offer free tutoring sessions for 1 hour/week in engineering and some math/science classes. To connect with a tutor, email the Tau Beta Pi Tutoring Chair, Jared Fialkoff, at jfialko2@u.rochester.edu. Any graduate students who are members of Tau Beta Pi may also email Jared to become a tutor.

     Congratulations to three of our students.

      Lauren Bailey '15 of Chemical Engineering is one of ten UR seniors to receive a 2014 Garnish Scholar-Athlete Award for leading their teams on the field of play while doing outstanding work in the classroom. Lauren, a star of the women's swim team, has truly excelled as both a student and an athlete; click here to read more about her accomplishments.

     Alexander Anderson '16, an optical engineering major with a minor in biomedical engineering, was one of 10 students to attend the 2014 Harvard-MIT Biomedical Optics Summer Institute, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Researching in the lab of Dr. Guillermo Tearney, Alexander developed an Oblique Back-Illumination Microscope (OBM) to observe endothelial cell behavior in whole blood conditions (patent pending). Alexander will present his work at the 2014 BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

     Rohit Nayak, a Ph.D. candidate in Prof. Marvin Doyley's lab, was awarded Second Place in the Best Student Oral Presentation Awards at the 2014 International Tissue Elasticity Conference in Snowbird, Utah, earlier this month. His presentation -- co-authored by Prof. Doyley and Ph.D. candidate Prashant Verma -- was titled "Multi-element synthetic aperture vascular elastography for carotid imaging."

     A series of lectures on intellectual property and commercializing technology will be of interest to grad students, scientists, technicians and faculty members who want to learn more about how to protect, manage, grow and capitalize on intellectual property. The first in the series is at noon tomorrow, in the Gowen Room at Wilson Commons. Reid Cunningham, IP attorney with UR Ventures, will discuss "Fundamentals of Intellectual Property." RSVP to Melissa.napolitano@rochester.edu
     As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean