Weekly Memo

Aug. 17, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    David Williams, the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics, Director of the Center for Visual Science, and Dean for Research in Arts, Science and Engineering,  has received the Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research. This $500,000 award is in recognition of his pioneering use of adaptive optics technologies for vision applications.  David, widely regarded as one of the leading experts on human vision, has helped transform the field, and richly deserves this award and the many others that have been bestowed upon him. Please join me in congratulating David. You can click here to read more about this award.

    Here's a great way for our alumni to help us build our enrollment of graduate students -- and help out promising candidates at the same time.  If someone you know would benefit from graduate school here, encourage them to apply. Tell them about your own experiences here. And give them this link -- https://apply.grad.rochester.edu/register/HajimAlumniWaiver -- so they can fill out a form entitling them to an application fee waiver. Gretchen Briscoe, AS&E Director of Graduate Enrollment, notes that applications for Fall 2016 will be accepted starting next Monday, Aug. 24. The form can be used for fee waivers for Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018 or Fall 2019.

     And if you know of potential masters students who would be interested in working in the medical device industry, by all means let them know about the program we offer through the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation. This summer, nine students have been spending three days a week in operating rooms and other clinical settings, seeing firsthand what kinds of devices are needed -- but also feasible -- before working in teams to design and prototype new ones. Graduates of this program are in high demand. And Greg Gdowski, Executive Director of the program, would gladly accommodate 20 to 30 students a year. Read more here

   Congratulations to Alex Anderson '16 of Optical Engineering (with a minor in Biomedical Engineering) for receiving three awards this summer. He was one of 15 summer interns at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to be awarded John Mather Nobel Scholarships by The National Space Grant Foundation Inc. These scholarships provide each recipient with a $3,000 scientific travel grant over a two-year period. For the third year, Alex received a Raytheon/FIRST Robotics Scholarship, which is awarded to students pursuing STEM majors who were previously on a FIRST Robotics Competition team. And, along with fellow Optics student Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez '16, he was named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar, based on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Well done!

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean