Weekly Memo

Aug. 31, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:
     Please join me in welcoming our new and returning students.

     And to each of those students, I would add: Please embrace the opportunities that await you this semester -- and beyond.

      Consider, for example, what some of your fellow students did this summer.

      Florence Yip ’17 of Mechanical Engineering spent her summer in Jena, Germany as a DAAD-RISE scholar studying the mechanical properties of carbon fiber reinforced composites. You can read more in her blog posts for the Office of Admissions.

     Kenneth Imade '16 of Electrical and Computer Engineering climbed the Great Wall of China while studying abroad in Hong Kong. Read more here.

      And Wendy Snyder '17 of MechE served aboard Robert Ballard's Nautilus, piloting an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) as it explored the ocean floor off the California coast. How cool is that!

      Now, I don't expect each of you to climb the Great Wall of China or serve on the Nautilus. But do bear in mind that your college years are a great time to step out of your comfort zone and explore new opportunities. Seize them!

    And don't be shy about asking for help. As Associate Dean Jim Zavislan advised our incoming freshmen on Wednesday, if you're having problems of any kind, don't be an introvert, be an extrovert. Ask for help -- sooner rather than later.  We've got a lot of people willing to help you, including a talented group of student peer advisers -- juniors and seniors who've been through it all. Click here to learn more about contacting them.

    Congratulations to:

     Philip Guo, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, who recently received a prestigious Google Faculty Research Award to fund his research in human-computer interaction. Also, over the past year, Philip successfully mentored three Hajim School undergraduates -- Mitchell Gordon, Jeremy Warner, and Joyce Zhu -- who each published their own first-author papers related to online education. Leading a research project and being first-author on one's own paper is a major accomplishment for each of these three talented and hardworking undergraduates, which will undoubtedly help them in their future graduate school and job applications.

      Jacob Reimers and Scott Paine, both PhD students at The Institute of Optics, who placed 1st and 3rd respectively in the 2015 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition run by Synopsys. The competition recognizes excellence in optical system design projects completed by students. Jacob won for his Compact Offner-Chrisp Imaging Spectrometer using Freeform Surfaces, and Scott Paine for his Wide Angle Climbing Camera. You can see their projects here.

     PhD student Yuncheng Li of Computer Science, master's student Jifei Huang of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Prof. Jiebo Luo of Computer Science, who won the Best Paper Award at the 7th ACM International Conference on Internet Multimedia Computing and Service (ICIMCS 2015). The paper was "Using User Generated Online Photos to Estimate and Monitor Air Pollution in Major Cities."

    If you're a biomedical engineering student interested in studying abroad, online applications for 2016 Whitaker International Program awards are now open. Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineering/bioengineering students and post-docs to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. Full details can be found here

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean