Weekly Memo

June 1, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Our Hajim School student-athletes continue to receive accolades. Boubacar Diallo '16 of Mechanical Engineering earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a personal best 14.90 meters in the triple jump, finishing fourth in the field. Two of our other students, Catherine Knox '16 of MechE, a member of the women's cross country team, and Ethan Pacheck '15 of Chemical Engineering, a member of the men's cross country team, both were named to their sports' respective Capital One Academic All-District Three First Teams, and are now on the ballot for consideration as Academic All-Americans. Pacheck is also recipient of the Athletic Department's Peter DiPasquale Award, given to the top male scholar-athlete of the senior class.

     Congratulations to two biomedical engineering students who will conduct research in Switzerland next academic year as recipients of predoctoral fellowships from the Whitaker International Program. Namita Sarraf '15 will do research at University Hospital Basel.  Michael Silverstein '15 will work with researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique FÉdÉrale de Lausanne. The two were nominated for the highly selective program by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Since 2011, seven Rochester undergraduate students have won the Whitaker.

     The Null Space team, which made it to the finals of Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup and the finals of the Intel-Cornell Cup, has been invited to participate in the National Maker Faire June 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., which will give "curious, inventive people a place to share what they love to make." Null Space, you'll recall, has created a jacket and gloves that allow the wearer to feel the surface and impacts of a virtual environment.

     Hajim School researchers interested in commercializing their technologies are encouraged to attend a June 11 workshop on federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) awards. The workshop at High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, 150 Lucius Gordon Drive, will include an overview of SBIR and STTR programs and how entrepreneurs and academic researchers can tap into the more than $2 billion set aside for these programs each year. Cindy Gary, our Assistant Dean for Grants and Contracts, will be a panelist.  Registration deadline is June 10. Click here to learn more.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean