Weekly Memo

Oct. 20, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    We've put a major emphasis at the Hajim School on recruiting and retaining more female and under-represented minority students. So I encourage faculty members to participate next Tuesday, Oct. 28,  from noon to 1 p.m. in an  interactive webinar from the NSF-funded Engineering Inclusive Teaching project. It will feature research-based, best practice teaching strategies that create engaging, motivating educational environments that, in turn, encourage the persistence and success of all students, with special emphasis on women and minorities. You can view it online from your office here or join a viewing party in the Dean's Conference Room (Lattimore 306A). Please RSVP to  Jenny Hadingham should you wish to join the viewing party.
   Congratulations to:

    Julie Bentley, Associate Professor of Optics, who is one of three recipients of the University's 2014 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Julie is a PhD graduate of The Institute of Optics who worked at Hughes Aircraft for two years, then at  Corning Tropel another 12 years. She joined the Institute as an adjunct professor in 1998. "Julie is a crucial part of our undergraduate and graduate program," notes Institute Director Xi-Cheng Zhang. She helped launch the Institute's B.S. in optical engineering and is praised by students and faculty colleagues as an inspiring teacher whose experience in industry provides additional insight for her students. Well done, Julie!

      Ching Tang, Professor of Chemical Engineering, who has been named the 2014 recipient of the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award by The Optical Society (OSA) for the discovery of efficient thin-film organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which led to novel display and lighting products. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications -- and Ching has certainly done that!

     Jeremy Warner '15 and Aaron Lim '17, both of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for receiving scholarships from the Power & Energy Society of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). These scholarships are for high achieving undergraduates in electrical engineering who have strong GPAs and distinctive extracurricular commitments, and who are committed to exploring the power and energy fields through both coursework and career experiences. This is the second year that Jeremy has received this award.

    Good news for those of you who were hoping to learn more about the AIT Hungary study abroad program for students interested in computer science. A previous visit by AIT founder Gabor Bojar had to be canceled when his flight was delayed. However, AIT faculty member David Szeszler will be here Oct. 31, with a presentation for students scheduled at noon. Stay tuned for further updates on the location. In the meantime, click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

   A reminder about the Xerox Engineering Research Fellows program. Sophomores and juniors interested in becoming fellows next summer are invited to drop by the Kearns Center (Dewey 4-160) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday to talk with the staff about the program. Fellows  work one-on-one with Hajim faculty members on cutting-edge research projects. This is a great opportunity, and if you are interested, this is a good time to learn more.  Applications for next summer's program will be due Dec. 2. Click here to read more about this year's cohort of fellows.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean