Weekly Memo

Dec. 22, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Each year, the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and The College present Iota Book awards to a select group of sophomores to recognize their excellence at the very beginning of their college experience. Awardees are chosen for their scholarly achievement, humanistic values, co-curricular activity, and leadership potential. Congratulations to the following Hajim School students, who were recently selected as recipients this year: Sayaka Abe and Nicholas Morgante of Chemical Engineering, Elizabeth Fox of Mechanical Engineering, Maria Janczak and Joyce Qiushuang Zhu of Computer Science, and Justin Scott Schumacher of Biomedical Engineering. This is well-deserved recognition for an exceptional group of students.

    Congratulations as well to:

    Danielle Benoit, James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has been selected by the Biomedical Engineering Society to contribute a full-length research article to the 2015 Young Innovators Special Issue of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal. Danielle is also invited to present her work in a special two-part platform session at the 2015 Fall BMES Conference.

     Greg Gdowski, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Executive Director of the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation, who was presented a Region 1 Technical Excellence Award from IEEE for his "Technical Innovation and Leadership in the Fields of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology." Region 1 covers the northeastern region of the United States. 

    Kang Liu, an Optics PhD student in the Terahertz Research Group of Xi-Cheng Zhang, the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics and Director of The Institute of Optics. Kang has been awarded a University of Rochester Researcher Mobility Travel Grant to further her collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser in Heraklion, Greece. Her project is “Using Airy-ring beams to generate/detect Terahertz (THz) waves.” Researcher Mobility Travel Grants from Arts, Sciences and Engineering support overseas research visits of one to three months. They provide the chance to expand international collaborative networks and enhance research via international collaboration. These grants may support graduate student or postdoctoral travel, but only if it directly benefits the research group, per his/her advisor. To learn more contact Cindy Gary.

     The latest newsletter from the Robert E. Hopkins Center at The Institute of Optics, directed by Prof. Jannick Rolland, includes an introduction to Adam Hayes, who recently joined the Rolland group as a research associate; articles on the testing of Zernike freeform optical surfaces and a collaborative undergraduate class project with Optimax and the University of Arizona; and an update from alumnus Joseph Howard MS '97, PhD '00, now working with the James Webb Space Telescope project for NASA.

     Students from two classes -- AME 196 Interactive Music Programming and CSC 212/412 Human-Computer Interaction -- demonstrated their projects during showcases at Rettner Hall last week. Click here to learn more about what our students are doing at the cutting edge of technology.

   Speaking of the cutting edge, Optics PhD student Joseph Choi, who worked with John Howell, Professor of Physics, on that now-famous cloaking device, offers some interesting insights on how he has benefited from participation in the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) master's program at this video.

    For a look at other Hajim School news stories of interest during 2014, visit our news archive at the Hajim School website.

   This memo will resume on Jan. 12. In the meantime, I hope each of you will enjoy the holidays in safety, and in the company of loved ones and friends.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean