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 Rochester engineering. I hope that you enjoy reading about all of the remarkable things our students and faculty are engaged in and that you will continue to read it, but if you would not like to receive it in the future, please follow the simple instructions at the bottom of the page.

It was a big week in science internationally, with the $10-billion Large Hadron Collider (or Giant Atom Smasher, if you prefer) performing up to its expectations for the first time. Several of our faculty members played an integral role in the effort, which has been dubbed “the world’s biggest science experiment.” Here’s a link to a nice front-page article in the Democrat and Chronicle if you want some specifics (link).

In local news, let me start by congratulating Nicholas Huang, a biomedical engineering student and Take Five Scholar, who is one of two University of Rochester undergrads chosen to be Barry M. Goldwater Scholars this year. This is a very competitive scholarship and Nicholas is a deserving winner. Aside from being a stellar engineering student, he is an expert musician (who won the university concerto competition three years ago), and a helpful research assistant studying human cognition and philosophy.

I also want to congratulate professors David Meyerhofer and Chunlei Guo for being awarded Department of Defense grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Chunlei’s grant is to study interactions between ultrafast, ultra-intense lasers and different types of matter, and David’s is for high-energy-density physics.

I’m happy to report that our new chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB) has been recognized by both the UR Students Association, and by the national umbrella organization EWB-USA. This is a great organization that encourages our budding engineers to put their skills to good use helping to design and build important projects for the needy in other countries. The next step is to officially pick a project.

And, for all those who are interested in entrepreneurship, we have a speaker coming to campus that will discuss a Prison Entrepreneurship Program. The speaker, a former felon turned entrepreneur named Marcus Hill, grew up in Rochester (his mother graduated from UR). He founded his own clothing company, and will speak about the transformative power of entrepreneurship on peoples’ lives. That’s in Gleason Hall, Room 318/418, at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday. There will be a reception with refreshments afterward in the Eisenberg Rotunda of Schlegel Hall. It’s free and open to the public.

I hope you’re all enjoying our spring sun as much as I am. As always, keep me up to date with information appropriate to share with our community.


Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean