Weekly Memo

Nov. 16, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

   Congratulations to six of our students who recently received the Iota Book Award, which recognizes excellence at the very beginning of a student's college experience. The recipients are Ryan Bowen of Biomedical Engineering; Janson Ho, Haberly Kahn, and Unni Kurumbail of Chemical Engineering; and Akihiro Minami and Meghan Patrick of Mechanical Engineering.  The award, co-sponsored by the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the College, is based on scholarly achievement, humanistic values, co-curricular activity, and leadership potential.

      Seven Hajim School students spent this past summer at top German universities and research institutes, doing research with German doctoral students for three months as paid interns through the DAAD-Rise program. This is a great way to gain both research and study abroad experience. “I got to learn something new every day,” said Florence Yip '17 of Mechanical Engineering, who studied the mechanical properties of carbon fiber reinforced composites at Friedrich Schiller University’s Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research in Jena, Germany. “Moving to a completely new country, not knowing anyone or the language, might seem intimidating at first, but it surely did push me out of my comfort zone and made me grow as a person.” Hajim students can learn more about the program and hear from students who have participated at an information session and panel discussion starting at 4:30 p.m. today in Dewey 2-110C.

      "What if relating to computers were more like the way we communicate with other people?" asks writer Kathleen McGarvey. In the latest issue of Rochester Review she provides an excellent overview of the research being done in this area by Computer Science faculty members Henry Kautz, Philip Guo, Ehsan Hoque, Jiebo Luo and Len Schubert as part of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Be sure to read all about it here

     The issue also profiles Stewart Bushman '95 of Mechanical Engineering, now an engineer at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, who led the propulsion system that guided NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. And there's a great illustrated spread about the experiences of Wendy Snyder '17 of Mechanical Engineering, piloting pilot two remotely operated vehicles while aboard the Nautilus seagoing exploration vessel this past summer. Be sure to click here and also on the pdf file that appears in the upper left corner when the page opens.

     Hajim School students have been recipients of scholarships from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York for two years running. Let's keep the streak going! At least nine scholarships of $2,500 and one for $5,000 will be awarded for 2015-2016 to undergradute mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, structural, and environmental engineering students, or engineering technology students, who will have completed either three years of a four-year program, or four years of a five-year program by next June. Applications are due Dec. 18. Visit the ACEC New York website to access the application.

     Recent visitors at The Institute of Optics included Rep. Louise Slaughter, who toured Prof. Chunlei Guo’s lab (read more here), and a delegation from Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, to strengthen a recently signed double MS degree program, explore new course credits, and finalize membership in the Industrial Associates program.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean