Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

First things first: Don’t forget this Friday’s E-Social at 4 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall. It will be the last of year and I hope to see you all there. There will be a career guidance session, and Wayne Knox and his wife Victoria will be playing live music.

It was a pleasure hosting Rick Rashid last week. He had many interesting things to say about the computer business and where it’s headed. I think it was refreshing for some of the computer science professors and graduate students, especially, to hear him talk about how standard algorithmic methods of solving problems are being replaced by probabilistic “machine learning” methods due to the large amounts of data that can now be stored and processed. Machine learning is an area of expertise and interest for many in the Hajim School as part of our broader efforts in systems science and engineering, and it’s nice to hear reinforcement that it’s such a powerful trend in industry.

We also had the pleasure of hosting the Hajim School Visiting Committee on campus this Friday for discussions focused on our strategic plan and the upcoming capital campaign.  Gaining perspectives from alumni and friends of the Hajim School can help to guide us in maximizing the return on our programmatic and capital investments in the years to come.

Please join me in congratulating Biomedical Engineering Professor Diane Dalecki, whom the undergraduate students elected Professor of the Year for Engineering! She will be honored in a ceremony on Friday afternoon during the Undergraduate Research Exposition.

And our Baja Team – a group of primarily mechanical engineering majors who design, build, and maintain a small, rugged-terrain race car - came in 37th at the Baja SAE Carolina Competition. The competition, held in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted more than 100 teams from all over the world. In addition to racing their cars, the teams were judged on the cost of production, and a variety of other characteristics like acceleration, maneuverability, traction, and suspension. Their 37th place finish was the best result the team has achieved in the competition in a while, but the team’s advisor, Pat Lewis, thinks that they are primed to do even better at the Baja SAE Rochester Competition in a couple of months at RIT.

For undergraduates who are interested in getting some real work experience before entering the job market, I encourage you to attend an information session this Friday on the Industry Practicum Program. The program allows undergraduates an eight-month, paid, full-time position. In the past, Hajim students have worked for companies and agencies such as NASA, GE, Nextel, and Harris. The information session is from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons.

As we continue to move toward finals and graduation, I hope you will continue to keep me informed of the interesting things going on in your lives.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean