Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I would like to say hello to many of you who are receiving this letter for the first time. It’s a weekly memo that I send out to let our students, faculty, alumni, and parents know what is going on in the Hajim School, allowing everyone to keep their fingers on the pulse of engineering at the University of Rochester. I hope that you enjoy reading about all of the remarkable things our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are engaged in, but if you would prefer not to receive it in the future, please follow the simple instructions at the bottom of the page.

Now, down to business. I would first like to congratulate Professor Joseph Eberly for winning the 2010 Frederic Ives Medal from the Optical Society of America. This is the most prestigious award that the society gives, and it speaks to the strength of our optics program that Professor Eberly is the seventh faculty member to win the award. It has only been given to a total of 71 people in its 82-year history.

I also want to congratulate the three University of Rochester students - Chris Kauffman, Kevin Lin, and Xiaoqing “Sean” Tang - who earned 14th place in the 2009 Putnam Competition. The results were just announced last week, and 14th place is an impressive result, given the fact that essentially every great research university in North America competes. Sean Tang, who, in addition to studying math, is a computer science major, earned 44th place overall in the competition out of more than 4,000 competitors.

And Professor Chunlei Guo published a paper in the journal Optics Express recently where he reports a technique that he developed that allows water to run vertically upward, against gravity, on a silicon chip. He achieves this by creating nanostructures in the silicon with a short-pulse laser. Here’s a New York Times article on his work (link).

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean