Weekly Memo

March 2, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

   Five members of our student chapter of Engineers Without Borders -- Emily Kwan '16, Francis Cunningham '15 and Adam Hartman '15 of Biomedical Engineering, and Grace Caza '17 and Ibrahim Mohammad '17 of Mechanical Engineering -- visited the Dominican Republic recently for the assessment phase of their project to help provide a reliable, clean water supply for a primary school in  Don Juan.  The chapter will work with school and community organizations there to install a water filtration system and solar panels. This is not only global citizenship at its best, but a tremendous learning opportunity for the more than 30 chapter members working as a team to pull this off. You can read more here about their project and ways to support it.

    The updated research web page for the College profiles the research of Wendi Heinzelman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science, and Dean of Graduate Studies. That research includes projects to access the spare computational cycles in people’s smart phones when they are not using them and to come up with completely self-sufficient systems that use solar power to charge super capacitors, so they can be used in remote areas to monitor wildlife and rivers, study traffic patterns, or understand the patterns of avalanches and volcanoes. Click here to read more about her research and its applications.  

    Doug Hall of Propeller Music in New York City -- one of the top composers of music for TV and radio ads -- kicked off a series of Audio and Music Engineering guest lectures in fine fashion recently. About 50 students peppered Doug with questions -- and got a lot of good advice in return. Read more here. You can listen to the next speaker in the series -- Ryan Perez-Daple of RPD Music, Los Angeles, at noon Wednesday in CSB 209. Ryan is an Eastman School alumnus who has produced more than 100 albums for TV and film licensing from concept to delivery. All students are invited to attend.

    MSN.com reports that the 15 college majors with the highest starting salaries are all in engineering, computer science and materials science. According to data from Payscale, the starting salaries for virtually all of these majors are in the $60,000 range. Read more here.

    Any of our younger faculty interesting in applying for a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, such as the one just received by Danielle Benoit of Biomedical Engineering, should plan to attend an AS&E sponsored workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. April 20 in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library. Guidelines and tips for applying will be discussed, and a faculty panel of  recent CAREER winners and reviewers will share their insights into what constitutes a competitive proposal. RSVP here. You can also contact Cindy Gary with questions.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean