Weekly Memo

Sept. 28, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    When Kenneth Imade '16 of Electrical and Computer Science studied abroad in Hong Kong this summer, he did so with the help of a Hajim School International Experience Scholarship award. Hajim School students who are planning to study abroad next year have until Nov. 1 to apply for these awards of $500 to $1,000 to help cover costs of tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. The following types of experience qualify for this scholarship: All University of Rochester Study Abroad programs, international research opportunities, international internships, and short-term faculty-led programs. Click here to fill out the application form, and also to learn about the Statement of Purpose Essay that should accompany it. Applications should be turned in at 301 Lattimore. For more information, contact Rohan Palma.

     Congratulations to Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor in Optical Engineering Science, for receiving the Leadership Award from  the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster recently for working with fellow members and the community to promote the Rochester region’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry.

     Congratulations as well to Miguel Alonso, Associate Professor of Optics, who has received a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) award to support six Optics PhD students. The GAANN  program was created to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need.

       Nicholas George's legacy as a groundbreaking researcher and student mentor at The Institute of Optics has been recognized with creation of an endowed professorship in his name. Nicholas pioneered basic research in holography with the discovery of the holographic stereogram. He also invented the ring-wedge photo detector, and developed the first robot vision device to sort medical X-rays, a long-standing challenge in the field. Additionally, he is credited with being the first person to develop a theory for the space and wavelength dependence of speckle (a pattern that appears when many waves of the same frequency, for example from a laser, interfere), which has been applied to remote sensing of satellites and space debris. He also advised more than 50 graduate thesis students. Thanks to Milton Chang, one of Nicholas' former students, and Joseph W. Goodman, the William Ayer Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, whose gifts made this possible. Read more here.

     Kenneth Goodfellow, an Optics PhD student in Nick Vamivakas' group, ran a great race this past weekend, finishing second in the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon despite falling once after stumbling from a pothole. Kenneth's time of 2:33:38.72 was only 20 seconds behind the winner, and a full four minutes ahead of the next finisher. Way to go, Kenneth!

   If you haven't seen it already, click here to check out this fall's edition of the Hajim School Full Spectrum newsletter, which includes features on the Xerox Engineering Research Fellows Program; the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which turns 15 this year; new faculty members Niaz Abdolrahim of Mechanical Engineering and Catherine Kuo of Biomedical Engineering, and some sage advice to students from Stuart Elby '82, this year's recipient of the Hajim School Distinguished Alumnus Award.

      Hajim School alumni are invited to attend a networking reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday at HB Burger, 127 W. 43rd St. in New York City.  Special guest Joe Testani, the University's new assistant dean and executive director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center will provide an update on the career center and welcome ideas on how alumni can assist current engineering students with internships and jobs. This is also a great opportunity to connect with fellow Rochester engineering alumni at an informal gathering to expand your professional network. Admission is complimentary and includes appetizers and a beverage. Advance registration is required.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean