Weekly Memo

July 13, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:
    Six undergraduates from The Institute of Optics recently attended a Summer School on Photonics at the International Institute of Photonics and Optoinformatics at the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) in St. Petersburg, Russia. This was a great opportunity for rising sophomores Yang Deng,  Lei Ding, Sze Wah Lee and Kaia Williams, and rising seniors Tyler Berryman and Guntis Rutins to engage in cutting edge research, such as generating and detecting terahertz waves using femtosecond-laser-indiced plasma and graphene, diffraction of terahertz waves on cuboids for medical applications, and quantum cryptography. It was also a great opportunity to explore the culture of an overseas city rich in history and art. The summer school is an example of the joint educational programs ITMO and the University of Rochester are pursuing as a result of a partnership agreement signed last year, spearheaded by Institute of Optics Director X.C. Zhang. Thanks to Dan Smith, the Institute of Optics Undergraduate Program Manager, for organizing the trip, and to Svetlana Lukishova, a Senior Scientist at The Institute of Optics, who was in St. Petersburg with the students. Read more here.

     The Institute of Optics hosted a summer school of its own last week. The third annual Photon Camp, which introduces optics as a potential college major and career, was attended by 24 high school students, most from the Rochester area. The students attended lectures, engaged in various experiments, carried out capstone projects and visited Optimax and LLE. Thanks again to Dan Smith for organizing the camp, and to faculty members Nick Vamivakas (lead faculty), Jim Zavislan, Wayne Knox, and Jen Kruschwitz, to Per Adamson, Director and Coordinator of the Teaching Labs, and to student team leaders Kami Tinkham ‘18, Michael Simonsen ‘17, Peter Fiala ‘16, Julia Kent ‘16, Nick Kochan ‘17 and Rebecca Berman (PhD) for giving our visitors a great introduction to optics. I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of these high schoolers end up attending The Institute of Optics -- and helping as team leaders at future Photon Camps.

     Roman Sobolewski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is in Salamanca this week to present an opening lecture at the 9th Spanish Meeting on Optoelectronics (OPTOEL). OPTOEL is the largest Spanish biennial forum held to discuss and exchange the latest scientific and technological advances in the areas of Photonics and Optoelectronics. Roman's lecture is entitled: "Optically Generated THz Transients for Spectral Characterization of Novel Materials and Devices." 

     Congratulations to three of our Hajim student athletes for being selected as Scholar All-Americans by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Lauren Bailey '15  and Danielle Neu '17,  both of Chemical Engineering, were selected as First Team Scholar All-Americans.  Carrie DeMoulin '15  of Biomedical Engineering is an Honorable Mention Scholar All-American.

     Please join me in welcoming Alvin Lomibao '09, '13 who joins the Dean's Office this week as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs. Alvin comes to us from Wilson Commons Student Activities, where he served for two years as staff adviser and program manager, and was in charge of planning large scale, community-building events for undergraduates and the College community, as well as standardizing workflows for student group event registration and approval. Before that, he was both an undergraduate and master’s student in our Department of Biomedical Engineering. As Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs, Alvin will collect and analyze data for the purpose of identifying process efficiencies and implementing process improvement plans. He will also develop “best practice” processes and procedures for  monitoring and measuring the status, performance and outcomes of Hajim undergraduate degree programs.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean