Weekly Memo

Jan. 12, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Welcome back for a new semester!

     Audio and music engineering, one of our new majors, is popular with Hajim and non-Hajim students alike. Here's a look at the AME 193 class in sound design, which, for one Digital Media Studies student, turned out to be "one of the coolest things I have ever learned about."

     Congratulations to Marvin M. Doyley, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who is part of a multidisciplinary team that was recently awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to better understand why individuals who receive anti-retroviral treatment for HIV are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. The study will use a new ultrasound technology developed by Prof. Doyley’s group for one of the key measures in the study -- tracking the thickness and stiffness of the carotid artery. You can read more about this project here.

    Congratulations as well to Karl Koch '90 (Optics PhD), a Corning Inc. scientist who worked with three other groups of researchers to create an innovative optical fiber that has been named one of the top 10 breakthroughs in physics in 2014 by Physics World. This will make possible the transmission of clearer medical and industrial images using easily made "disordered" optical fibers, according to an article in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

   Another Hajim School alumnus, Brad Orego '10 (Computer Science and Psychology) '11 (T5) offers some interesting insights in the current issue of Rochester Review about the emergence of user-centered design in the software industry. Brad works as a consultant with start ups and small businesses in the tech sector to develop engaging, fulfilling experiences for their users.

    Here are two summer research opportunities for Hajim School students to look into. Cornell University's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation summer program,  June 7-Aug. 7,   is a paid research experience for African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander undergraduate students. They will  conduct research with professors in an engineering-related field. The application deadline is Feb. 15; click here for more information and to apply. Applications are also due that day for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) hosted by the Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University. During this 10-week program, students take short courses in HCI and work in interdisciplinary teams on research projects. Housing and meals are provided, as well as a $5,000 stipend. Click here for more information.

    The Rochester Venture Challenge, formerly known as the Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest, is registering contestants for this year's competition through Jan. 23. This is an excellent opportunity for early-stage companies, including those started by university students, to hone their executive summaries and investor pitches -- and perhaps take home the top prize of $25,000 plus marketing and incubation services. Last year's winner, you may recall, was the Ovitz team, started by a group of Institute of Optics students who came up with a hand-held device to test vision. Click here to register.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean