Weekly Memo

Nov. 24, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     When we talk about the "Full Spectrum" education available to our Hajim School students, that includes not only our strong engineering program, but opportunities to pursue the liberal arts and participate in music, athletics and host of other activities on campus.

     Erik Laurin '15 of Chemical Engineering has certainly taken advantage. Though he plans a career in engineering, he also will pursue music as a lifetime hobby. So he's taking music lessons in double bass from renowned faculty at the Eastman School, and performing with the UR Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations, Erik, on recently winning the River Campus Concerto Competition for non-Eastman students. Erik will perform the first movement of Antonio Capuzzi's Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra with the UR Chamber Orchestra in April.

     Hajim School student athletes contributed to another successful season for the UR men's varsity soccer team, which reached the second round of the NCAA Div. III National Championships and finished with a 10-5-4 record. Fourteen of 34 team members are engineering students. Keith Grafmeyer, a senior in Biomedical Engineering, made first  team All-UAA for the second straight year; Ben Keeton, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, made second team and led the Yellowjackets in scoring; and Andrew Sheridan, another MechE senior, made honorable mention. Andrew started every game for the third straight season.

   The Department of Chemical Engineering is offering a four-week, 6-credit summer course  on Energy, Sustainability and Society at the University of York in England next summer. The course, which will be held July 9 through Aug. 7, will provide an overview of renewable and nonrenewable energy properties, uses, economic and political factors, and environmental implications and include such topics as the basic fundamentals of energy and heat flow, coal, oil and natural gas, hydrofracking, renewable energy technologies, energy policy/politics, smart grids, and environmental justice. Students will also have an opportunity to explore a city recently voted one of Europe's top tourist destinations. This sounds like a great opportunity. Click here to learn more.

     BME and optics majors can apply for another overseas opportunity next summer, thanks to a collaboration between  James Aquavella,  the Catherine E. Aquavella Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology, and the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) of Hyderabad, India. Successful applicants will work part time during Spring semester in the Aquavella lab preparing and constructing equipment, then travel to Hyderabad to install the equipment and assist researchers there in its use for 6-8 weeks. The internship is unpaid, but room and board will be provided for the interns during their work in Hyderabad. This is for students who plan to spend at least one semester in residence at the University of Rochester after the Summer of 2015. To apply,  email a cover letter, resume and unofficial copy of your transcript to Stu Jordan at stuart.jordan@rochester.edu.

     The Rochester Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is offering 20 scholarships of $2,500 and two scholarships of $5,000 to engineering students scheduled to graduate in 2016 -- is hoping for more than the 24 applications it received last year. Let's not let them down!  Click here for the application, which is due Dec. 19.

     If you are traveling this Thanksgiving weekend, please do so safely. And above all, enjoy your time with loved ones and friends. As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean