Weekly Memo

June 8, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

       Solar Splash, our student organization that designs, builds, and races a solar-powered electric boat against other collegiate teams, is helping us launch USEED as a crowd-funding platform to support innovative, hands-on student projects that give our budding engineers a chance to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom and lab. Solar Splash team members have just launched their platform in hopes of raising $5,000 for batteries, reinforcing materials and safety equipment to ready their boat for the Solar Splash World Championship in Dayton, Ohio later this month. Donations by June 31, the deadline, will support not only a great student organization, but an exciting crowd-funding approach that we plan to extend to other engineering teams and projects next semester. Read more here.

     Please join me in extending condolences to the family of Stephen Jacobs, Professor of Optics and of Chemical Engineering, and Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, who passed away recently. Stephen, who earned his bachelors and PhD degrees in optics here in 1970 and 1976, spent his entire career at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and later joined the faculty of The Institute of Optics. Under Stephen's leadership, the Optical Materials Technology Group at LLE developed world-class research and development capabilities in liquid crystal optics, laser damage testing, high-power optical coating and an optical fabrication shop for specialized optics, also used as a student teaching facility. Working with researchers from Minsk, Belarus, Stephen developed magnetorheological finishing for polishing high-precision spherical and aspherical lenses, which led to the formation of QED Technologies. And thousands of children in this country and abroad have become excited about science, thanks to the "Optics Suitcase" experiments and demonstrations that Stephen developed to give students hands-on experiences.  Stephen's career was truly remarkable, and his legacy will continue. Those who would like to make a contribution to the Stephen D. Jacobs Endowed Fellowship in Optics can do so here.

    Students and faculty of Biomedical Engineering and the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound earned accolades at the recent meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Pittsburgh.  Prof. Laurel Carney was awarded the prestigious William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience. The award recognizes research that links auditory physiology with auditory perception or behavior in humans or other animals. Laurel also gave an invited talk associated with this award titled “Relating physiology to perception: The case of the notched-noise masker." Professors Steve McAleavey and Diane Dalecki also presented invited talks.  Jonathan Langdon, an MD/PhD student, received first place in the Best Student Paper in Biomedical Acoustics Competition for his work titled “ Compensating for Scholte waves in single track location shear wave elasticity imaging.” And grad student Eric Comeau presented his work titled “Designing ultrasound fields to control the morphology of engineered microvessel networks.”

    Rose Mbaye '16 of Biomedical Engineering is leading a team of University students this summer in a multifaceted project to raise awareness about children who are forced to work as beggars in Senegal, and to explore educational alternatives for them. The project is funded through the Davis Projects for Peace, created by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. Zanga Ben Ouattara '16 of Computer Science is also part of the team. You can read more about this worthwhile project here.

    Hajim School researchers involved in projects with New York industry partners that could stimulate economic growth are encouraged to submit proposals for awards of up to $30,000 from the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences. CEIS promotes technology transfer from universities to New York companies in the fields of electronic imaging, bio-imaging and sensing, nano-electronic design and other emerging technologies. Awards are computed as one-half the dollar value of designated funds from New York state companies. Economic impact is equal in weight to scientific and technical merit. Proposals must be sent to Cathy Adams by June 22. See the CEIS website for forms.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean