Weekly Memo

Dec. 1, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

      Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are among the many valuable study abroad opportunities available for engineering students. Here's an example: Applications are now being accepted for the NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, a 12-week summer research internship focusing on Terahertz (THz) Dynamics in Nanostructures that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering and physics students.  This program includes predeparture web lectures, a three-week orientation that includes intensive Japanese language instruction and an introduction to Japanese culture, and eight weeks of research in a Japanese lab with an international team, matched with an English-speaking Japanese research mentor. The online application deadline is Jan. 23. Click here to read more.
     Mark Buckley
, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has recieved an NIH R03 grant for a project entitled "Tracking Achilles tendon compression to monitor insertional Achilles tendinopathy." Insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT) is a painful and common disorder that is difficult to treat. Standard physical therapy interventions are only about 50 percent effective,  and  surgeries are expensive, entail long recovery times and often lead to complications. The research by the Buckley lab will define a critical threshold for damaging compression in the Achilles tendon that will inform targeted orthotics, exercises and/or surgical strategies. The research may also lead to development of an inexpensive and noninvasive tool to enable monitoring of treatments to improve patients with IAT.

      Congratulations to three Hajim School graduate students who have received Energy and Environment Scholarships from the Iberdrola USA Foundation. They are Chantel Gaudet (Chemical Engineering), Nuria Cortes Moradell (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Hector de la Torre Casado (Alternative Energy). Students interested in applying for these scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year can click here for more information.

   Congratulations as well to Amanda Chen '14, a BME alumnus, for receiving a prestigious 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society For Biomaterials. This will provide Amanda with $500 travel reimbursement to attend the society's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in April. Amanda, who was a member of Asst. Prof. Danielle Benoit's lab, is a master's candidate and Whitaker International Fellow in the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, working in the field of vaccine development. Next year, she will enter the Biological Engineering doctoral program at MIT as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

    Lots of volunteers are needed for the FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament, to be held in the Goergen Athletic Center from 8 to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Click here for more information about this event,  in which teams of fourth- to eighth-grade competitors program autonomous robots to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean