Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I’d like to begin by congratulating Dean Emeritus Kevin Parker, who was named 2009 Engineer of the Year by the Rochester Engineering Society over the weekend! During his nearly 30-year affliliation with the University, Kevin has had a big impact on the field of medical imaging and on the integration of biological sciences and engineering in the Hajim School.

In other exciting news, we’re going to have a very special guest on campus this week. Rick Rashid, the third person to earn a PhD in computer science from the University of Rochester (’80), will pay a visit to some of our faculty, and give a talk about the future of technology. Rick is the founder and Senior Vice President of Microsoft Research, which, under his stewardship, grew into the premiere industrial research laboratory in computer science. After completing his doctorate on computer vision under Professor Chris Brown, he became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he led a team of students that created the MACH operating system, which Apple later used as the heart of Macintosh OS X. Among other accomplishments at Rochester, Rick wrote the first networked computer game, “Alto Trek,” and worked on the Rochester Intelligent Gateway (RIG), one of the first distributed file systems. With those credentials in innovation, he’s undeniably an authority on the future of technology. This will be a tremendous opportunity for anyone who can make it on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Schlegel 207.

Then on Friday, for students who are looking at careers and internships, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the BME Career Alliance will be hosting the Upstate New York Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (UNYBECC) at the Medical Center. Although it is focused on biomedical engineering, many presenters received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Optics, ECE, ME and CS and are now working for biomedical companies. The conference consists of poster sessions, talks, and workshops in fields like noninvasive medical technology, biomaterials, and entrepreneurship. Registration is $25 which mainly covers three meals that will be served throughout the day. You can find more information here.

And if you have a knack for graphic design, the computer science department is looking for stylish new banners to be displayed at the top of departmental web pages. The department is holding a contest for anyone from the UR community (students, employees, family, and friends), who wants to enter. The winner will receive an Apple iPad, second place will receive an iPod Nano, and third place and beyond will get various other rewards. For specific submission guidelines, visit www.cs.rochester.edu/u/chair/message-chair.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean