Weekly Memo

June 22, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    The Institute of Optics was well represented earlier this month at the Optical Society's Imaging and Applied Optics Congress in Arlington,Va. James Fienup, the Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics, and Dustin Moore, Scott Paine, Alex Iacchetta and Matt Bergkoetter of his group gave four presentations. Jannick Rolland, the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering, and Jacob Reimers, Eric Schiesser, Jianing Yao and Aaron Bauer of her group, along with Visiting Scientist Kevin Thompson, gave three presentations. Presentations were also given by Prof. Geunyoung Yoon, by Profs. Thomas Brown and Miguel Alonso and grad student Katelynn Sharma, and by MechE's Prof. Jonathan Ellis along with Sam Butler, Michael A. Ricci and Xiangzhi Yu from his group.

   Jannick's group also organized a 2015 Year of Light panel and reception on freeform optics with an international group of experts from academia and industry, attended by more than 120 people.

    Congratulations to:

    Prof. Nick Vamivakas and his team for making the June cover of Nature Nanotechnology, which published their paper "Voltage-controlled quantum light from an atomically thin semiconductor." Special thanks to Michael Osadciw, Graphic Designer with University Creative Services, who created the eye-catching illustration on the cover. This is the latest in a series of illustrations Mike has done to represent the work of Hajim School researchers.

     Cristina Canavesi '14 PhD (Optics) '12 MS (TEAM), the Center Coordinator for the Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO), who just received her Executive MBA from the Simon School -- along with the Hugh H. Whitney Award for the highest academic achievement in the program.

     Lisa Benison, a graduate student in the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation Program, who was named a 2015 recipient of an Engineering World Health Summer Institute Scholarship. With funding from the scholarship, she and other selected students will travel to Tanzania to use or repair medical products in the field, working in hospitals and clinics. The award is sponsored by MedTech Association, a member-based trade association for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York.

    Lauren Bailey '15 ChemE, who was elected as a First Team Academic All-American on the Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Team. She is only the third Rochester women's swimmer to earn this award.

   Robert Boyd, Professor of Optics, who has been named a 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Photonics Society.

   There's just over a week left to support our Solar Splash team at its new USEED crowd-funding platform. The student organization designs, builds, and races a solar-powered electric boat against other collegiate teams; it hopes to raise $5,000 for batteries, reinforcing materials and safety equipment. 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.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean