Weekly Memo

Oct. 5, 2015
Dear members of the Hajim School community:

   Women in Computing, a new student group dedicated to bridging the gender gap in computer science at the University of Rochester, has just elected Tergel Purevdorj '16 as its President, Mikayla Konst '17 as its Outreach Coordinator, Lia Klein '17 as its Event Coordinator and Violeta Lopez '17 as its Content Manager to its executive board. The group has also started its first photo campaign for the #ILookLikeAnEngineer initiative on Twitter, which was launched this summer to challenge common misperceptions about who engineers are. Be sure to check out the WIC website and Facebook page. I appreciate this group's work to encourage more women to become involved in this field! To learn more contact Tergel Purevdorj at tpurevdo@u.rochester.edu

   Congratulations to:

     Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the University of California, Irvine Engineering Hall of Fame. The University just passed its 50th anniversary and decided to induct 50 individuals across all of the engineering and computer science fields from its 50 year history.

   Alison Christopherson of Mechanical Engineering, a PhD student in Prof. Riccardo Betti's group, whose presentation was selected as the outstanding talk by a student on the physics of inertial confinement fusion at the recent Ninth International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA 2015)  in Seattle, Washington. Her topic was "Probing Hot Electron Preheat in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Implosions."

    Sean Regan, a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, who has been selected as a Fellow in the American Physical Society-Division of Plasma Physics “for scientific contributions and leadership in the development and application of x-ray spectroscopy to diagnose plasma conditions, hydrodynamic instabilities and mix in both direct and x-ray driven inertial confinement fusion targets.” This is a tribute to Sean's research and scholarship and serves LLE and the University well.

    Thanks to Amy Lerner for passing along some news about recent alumnus David Narrow '12 of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. David, the CEO of Sonavex Inc., will be presenting at the Innovation Showcase at AdvaMed 2015 later this month. The showcase features the most promising, innovative, emerging growth MedTech companies. Sonavex, a Baltimore-based medical device company, has raised $1 million to advance development of its ultrasound-based technology to detect potentially catastrophic post-operative clots. David, you may recall, is also co-founder and CEO of MonoMano, which resulted after David and four other students here, for their senior design project, came up with a tricycle control system that allows people with disabilities to steer, brake and shift gears with one hand.

    Hajim School undergrads interested in using their data skills for social good should check out the Data Dive on Oct. 24-25, hosted by the Carlson Student Research Space in Carlson Library,  the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Local non-profits bring in data from their organizations and students volunteer their time and brainpower to analyze the information. It's an opportunity for non-profits to learn more from their data, for students to get hands-on experience working with data sets, and, most importantly, for building relationships between students and the community. Three optional preparatory workshops will be scheduled leading up to the Data Dive to expose students to the basic skills they will need to participate. Registration is open now for 25–30 undergraduate students.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean