Weekly Memo

July 20, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Congratulations to Jong-Hoon Nam, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering, who recently received an NIH grant of up to $1.8 million to study the biomechanics of the inner ear’s organ of Corti. Jong-Hoon's project will employ ambitious computer simulations and a novel microfluidic chamber to lay the groundwork that eventually could lead to hearing aids or implants that are better customized to the needs of individual patients. There could be other applications as well. The inner ear can process a wide range of both frequencies and loudness; a better understanding of how it does this might lead to more sensitive pressure transducers and other engineering applications. As Jong-Hoon notes, “Engineers continually obtain ideas from biological systems. And the inner ear is a beautiful sensor, operating over a remarkably wide range.” Read more about his project here.

    Last week we mentioned that six Optics undergraduates recently attended a Summer School on Photonics in St. Petersburg, Russia. Eleven other Hajim School undergraduates are participating in study abroad experiences this summer. Mohammad Almagweshi '18 of Chemical Engineering is studying in Beijing, China; Jean Brownell '17 of Chemical Engineering is at the San Martino Archaeological Field School in Torano di Borgorose, Italy; Kenneth Imade '16 of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Brendan Knight '16 of Mechanical Engineering are both participating in the Summer in Hong Kong program; Kathryn Labine '18 of Mechanical Engineering is in Dublin, Ireland; Yiping Liang '16 of Computer Science and Alessandro Sauro '18 of Biomedical Engineering are both with the Summer Arts in Italy: Arezzo program; Rebecca Van Dyke '17 of Electrical and Computer Engineering is in Shanghai, China; Alexander Lamothe '17 of Chemical Engineering is participating in the Russian in Russia program; Elizabeth Mauser  '17 of Chemical Engineering is participating in the French in France program; and Weijing Xu '18 of Chemical Engineering is with the German in Germany program. Congratulations to these students for finding a constructive way to spend their summer. This is an experience they will remember and draw upon for the rest of their lives.

      If you are a Hajim student interested in studying abroad, please take note of the scholarships  that are available, and by all means contact Rohan Palma, our student adviser who specializes in study abroad programs.
     As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean