Weekly Memo

Oct. 12, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     To help celebrate the International Year of Light, three students have prepared an interesting exhibit at the gallery @ the Art Music Library at Rush Rhees G131. “Projections: Images of Imagination” includes light sculptures and two intriguing interactive displays. Stand in front of an array of red, green and blue lights, for example, and a rainbow-like silhouette appears on the wall behind you. Another display uses anamorphosis to project an image that can only be seen from a specific vantage point. Project Coordinator Nick Kochan ’17 of Optics and Biology, a member of the Optical Society (OSA) student chapter here, explains that the goal is to help connect the optics and engineering communities with students and others who “may or may not be engineers” by arousing curiosity – the “unifying concept” we all share. Sue Zhang, a BME sophomore, and Jeffrey Leavitt, a junior art major, have been working with Nick since summer on the exhibit, which will run until the middle of next month. They’re grateful to OSA, the Institute of Optics and the Art Department for invaluable assistance. A formal reception is planned; follow the project’s Facebook page for date and time.

   Interested in studying abroad, but wondering if you can afford it? Be sure to drop by Sloan Auditorium in Goergen Hall, from 7-8 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 19,  to learn about the multiple sources of financial aid available to help you study abroad. Sponsored by the Financial Aid Office, Center for Education Abroad and the Hajim School.

  Congratulations to Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has received an NSF award, SHF: Small: Secure Power Management and Delivery Exploiting Intelligent Power Networks On-Chip, for $460,000  to develop methodologies and techniques to deliver and manage efficient and secure power within locally distributed, intelligent power systems. Eby, along with Assoc. Prof. Hui Wu of ECE, has also received an award from Cisco Systems on Free-Space Optical Interconnect for $80,000. The objective  is to leverage silicon photonic devices, 3-D integration, and supporting optics and systems to develop a CMOS-compatible FSOI system for inter- and intra-chip communications.

    Xi-Cheng Zhang, our M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics and Director of the Institute of Optics, who was named to two honorary professorships this summer: Light of Green and Intelligent Chair Professor at Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, and Honorable Professor, Jilin University in China. The Institute recently completed an agreement with Jilin for a double degree master's program.

     A warm welcome to members of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org., who are here conducting their site visit as part of their accreditation review of our Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Optical Engineering BS degree programs. Thanks to all Hajim School staff and faculty who have helped to prepare for their visit.

   We also welcome our Hajim School Visiting Committee, which is meeting here today, and  members of The Institute of Optics Industrial Associates, who are here for their annual fall meeting. 

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean