Weekly Memo

Nov. 30, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Congratulations to:
    Wendi Heinzelman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of Graduate Studies for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, who has named a Fellow of IEEE for her contributions to algorithms, protocols, and architectures for wireless sensor and mobile networks.  Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. This is well-deserved recognition!

    Haomin Yao, a PhD student in the lab of John Marciante, Associate Professor of Optics. Haomin was a winner of the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition for 2015 for his presentation, "Analysis of Nonlinear Optical and Dynamic Gain Effects of Moderate-Power, Pulse-Position-Modulated, Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers for Deep-Space Applications." Haomin also won the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant from The Optical Society as well as PhD Student Travel funding from the University's Dean of Graduate Studies.

   Two teams of Computer Science students who competed recently in the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. YellowJacket #1 team, consisting of freshmen Jackson Abascal, Zachary Polansky and junior Daniel Rubery, took first place at the sub-regionals held at SUNY Oswego, then finished third in a field of 13 teams at the regionals at RIT, trailing only Harvard and MIT, both of which move on to the world competition in May. Juniors Maria Janczak, Mikayla Konst and Hassler Thurston of Yellowjacket #2 team finished fourth at the sub-regionals.

     Our Audio and Music Engineering programming is growing by leaps and bounds, now enrolling 76 students just three years after being approved by the state. Click here for a story about one of the program's courses, AME 191, Art and Technology of Recording, illustrating the hands-on projects that AME students engage in, and the expert instruction they receive from faculty members, in this case Grammy Award winner Stephen Roessner.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean