Weekly Memo

Feb. 23, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    When the University launched its Chemical Engineering program 100 years ago, the campus was on Prince Street, tuition was $90 a year, and freshmen took German or French because those were the languages used in the most prestigious scientific journals at that time. Drawing, wood shop, foundry, forge and physical training were also part of their curriculum. We've come a long way since then! Please join the Department of Chemical Engineering in celebrating this centennial, as it not only honors its past, but highlights its current programs. Check the department's 100th anniversary webpage for updates on events leading up to a Meliora weekend celebration, and the monthly snapshots of its history at the department homepage (also archived here). And consider making a gift to the department's centennial fund to support its student initiatives, including but not limited to student research grants, student travel awards (to and from conferences and presentations) and study abroad grants. To learn more about the fund contact Eric Brandt, the Hajim School’s Executive Director of Advancement (585) 273-5901, or Dept. Chair Matthew Yates (585) 273-2335.

    Mitchell Anthamatten, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and his lab, continue to do innovative research with advanced materials. They've developed a new class of rubber-like material that self-stretches upon cooling and reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation. There are potential applications  in a number of areas in which reversible shape-changes are needed during operations, including biotechnology, artificial muscles, and robotics. This is exciting work; read more about it here.

    Congratulations to Henry Kautz, Professor and recent Chair of Computer Science, who will be officially installed as the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Institute for Data Science at 4 p.m., March 12 at the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. RSVP at (585) 275-7393 or SpecialEvents@rochester.edu by March 2.

    The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) is having its 15th annual University Technology Showcase from 1-5 p.m.,  Thursday, April 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road. The showcase’s poster session is an opportunity for university researchers to present their work to industry as well as to other researchers and organizations that promote economic development. The objective is to stimulate discussions that may lead to industry-university collaboration. Last year more than 50 poster were presented and more than 250 people attended. The Showcase features posters by researchers from our University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Register by clicking here or visiting the CEIS website.

    Natalia Litchinitser, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Buffalo, will talk about career paths and share her experiences at a discussion hosted by Women in Engineering (WiE) from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., today, in Goergen 509. All faculty and students are welcome to join the discussion. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jianing Yao at wieroc@gmail.com.

   Tau Beta Pi is hosting a free professional development session on "Effective Presentation Skills" from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Harkness 115. This interactive learning module from the award-winning Engineering Futures program teaches the "do's and don'ts" of oral presentations and provides a valuable practice opportunity to help overcome fear of public speaking. There will be complimentary snacks and refreshments. All UR students are invited to attend. RSVP at: http://goo.gl/forms/YUFxSeo7AI.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean