Weekly Memo

Nov. 3, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Thanks to funding from Microsoft, Google, Intel and Facebook -- courtesy of Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College -- the Department of Computer Science will provide travel grants for female students to attend the annual  Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference for the next three years. This is a great opportunity for students to network, interview with potential employers, and attend workshops on a range of career and academic topics. And it also supports our efforts to encourage more female students to consider computer science as a career.

     Tergel Purevdorj '16, one of 14 Computer Science students who attended this fall's conference in Phoenix, described it as "the most meaningful experience for me in terms of my career." At the conference, Tergel successfully interviewed with Apple for a summer internship. "When we think about computer science, we think of an isolated programmer in front of a computer," she said. "But CS is so much bigger than that. Computers comprise the backbone of every single industry in the world. I think that the Grace Hopper Celebration is a special place that shows and teaches women about the variety of opportunities in tech, outside of programming. GHC disproves the widespread belief that getting a degree in computer science means you will be a programmer."

     The other students attending the conference were undergraduates Aly Grealish,  Zoey Tiet, Ana Bealo, Becky Galasso, Becky Everson, April Uzzle, Minfeng Lu, Marjorie Cuerdo,  Jennifer Uvina, Som Liengtiraphan, Michaela Kerem, Violeta Lopez-Aldaco, and graduate student Michelle Fung.

     The Professor Richard F. Eisenberg and Harriet Rippey Eisenberg Fund -- established by the MechE alumnus and long-time professor in both that department and ChemE -- is a great example of a gift that keeps on giving. It has supported the Eisenberg Summer Internship program, which, since 1992, has given ChemE undergrads an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on a research project. Congratulations to this year's interns -- Branden Cole, Reid DesRuisseaux, Jianfeng 'Ann' He, Yi-Wen 'Amy' Liu, Garrett Meier, Alexander Nee, Steven Tau, Emily Wallmann, and Xiongyi Zhang-- who showed their projects at a poster session during Meliora weekend. And congratulations as well to the faculty and graduate students who mentored them. You can read more about the program here.

      In case you missed it, the Campus Times recently wrote about the experiences of Rachel Bierasinski of MechE during the semester she spent studying abroad in Berlin during her junior year. Rachel, now working on a master's, says her study abroad experience was a "blast," and she even returned last Christmas and New Year's, including a visit to her host family. Read more here.

     What can you do with popcorn, a parabolic reflector and a Strauss waltz?  Check out an interesting video involving Per Adamson, Daniel Brooks, Jordan Leidner and Katelynn Sharma of the Institute of Optics. And be sure to open up the accompanying text as well. This is another example of a fun project that also informs!

    There's a lot coming up at the Center for Entrepreneurship in the next few days.

     On Nov. 13, Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, will host an information session on OPT 481/TEM 411: Technical Entrepreneurship, a multidisciplinary spring semester course for engineering students to examine the management practices associated with technical innovations and new business development. The info session begins at 4 p.m. at 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. Desserts and refreshments provided. Advanced registration is required. RSVP to 275-8828 or lynn.doescher@rochester.edu

     Information sessions about the TEAM Master's program will be held at  4 p.m. Nov. 12 (for PhD candidates) and at 5 p.m., Nov. 13 (for undergraduates), also at 1-211 Carol Simon Hall, hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the program. TEAM students take half their courses in one of nine technical concentrations and half in specialized business courses at the Simon School. All Rochester students qualify for merit-based scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or via email, andrea.galati@rochester.edu.

     And Entrepreneur-in-Residence Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory, will hold office hours noon to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Center for Entrepreneurship for those seeking advice from  a seasoned entrepreneur.  To schedule an appointment, call 585-276-3500 or email cfe@rochester.edu.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean