Weekly Memo

Nov. 2, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Each year our Baja SAE team designs and builds an off-road vehicle to compete against other college teams. Recently, 27 members traveled to Bedford, Kentucky, to participate with teams from 48 other schools in the Midnight Mayhem endurance race and associated dynamic events, hosted by the University of Louisville Baja SAE. The unofficial event is unique in being the only Baja SAE competition held on a lit track at night. Team president Alycia Abbott ’16 of Biomedical Engineering notes it was a great opportunity to provide 10 new recruits with actual experience at an event in preparation for the official competitions next spring. “Each and every attending recruit played an active role in participating and learning at the event,” Abbott reported. “Due to weather and track conditions, racing was severely impeded, but every new recruit who wanted to drive the car in an event was able to do so.” The participants included seven females, four recent alumni, students majoring in MechE, ChemE, ECE and BME, and two students majoring in economics or business – in line with the team’s goal of developing a successful business model. Sounds like a great start to the year. You can follow the team at their website  and Facebook page.

    Congratulations to Asst. Prof.  Regine Choe (principal investigator) and Assoc. Prof. Danielle Benoit (co-investigator),  both of Biomedical Engineering, who have been awarded an NSF grant for their collaborative research project, “Diffuse Optical and Correlation Tomography for Monitoring of Bone-Graft Healing.” The goal is to develop new methods of using red and infrared light to monitor and image the re-growth of blood vessels in healing bones. These methods, based on diffuse optical tomography (DOT) and diffuse correlation tomography (DCT), would  provide non-invasive, deep-tissue longitudinal monitoring, which could significantly accelerate the tissue-engineering field and lead to new methods for healing damaged tissues.  These methods also promise efficiencies that could  speed the clinical translation of new tissue-engineering technologies, saving time and reducing development costs.

    Congratulations as well to to Ninoshka Fernandes, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering,  who has received a Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering. The fellowships recognize outstanding achievement by PhD students in engineering and science, as evidenced through their coursework and their dissertation research work.

    Edward Brown, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was featured recently in a Democrat and Chronicle story describing his work with a laser and microscope device he built to better understand how likely it is that cancer cells will spread inside breast cancer patients who already have had a tumor removed. A major goal is make sure patients are not getting unnecessary chemotherapy.

    Reminder: Students have until 5 p.m. today to apply for our International Experience Scholarships to help cover the costs of studying abroad. Applications should be turned in at 301 Lattimore. Click here for all the details.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean