Weekly Memo

July 27, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Govind Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics, has received an NSF GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) award that is interesting in at least three respects. The research is certainly relevant: Govind will be looking at some of the challenges involved in using multicore and multimode optical fibers to solve the growing demands being placed on our fiber-based communications systems by such data-intensive activities as online learning and video streaming. It's a great example of collaboration between academia and industry, in this case Bell Labs, which GOALI grants are designed to foster. And it's a nice example of a great teacher keeping in touch with a former student. Govind's collaborator at Bell Labs on this project is Rene Essiambre, one of Govind's former postdoctoral students. You can read more about their project here.

    Congratulations to Mingfeng Zhang, a master's student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, who won a best paper award at a recent Acoustical Society of America meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA. Her paper was entitled "Measurement and analysis of musical vibrato parameters.” Mingfeng is completing her master's thesis on a study of musical vibrato in wind and bowed string instruments in the audio and music research group of the department.

    Our Solar Splash team brought back two awards -- Best Visual Display and Outstanding Hull Design -- from last month's national competition in Dayton, Ohio, involving 12 collegiate teams and their solar-powered boats. You can read more about our team at their website.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean