Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I had a chance to talk about innovation with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a roundtable hosted by RIT this week. I emphasized some of the great initiatives we have here at the University of Rochester and the Hajim School to encourage entrepreneurship broadly, and also took the opportunity to mention some ideas for how the government could stimulate technology commercialization on college campuses. 

Congratulations to optics professor Robert Boyd, who is one of the winners of the Humboldt Prize! The prize, which comes with a 60,000-euro award, recognizes the excellence of his research throughout his career. Aside from its scientific usefulness, Bob’s work on making light travel backward is mind-bending. If you want to read a little bit about it, here’s a New York Times article from a few years back (link).

It was a big April for biomedical engineering. Congratulations to BME graduate student Kelley Garvin, who won the Best Student Paper Competition at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Baltimore recently. Her invited paper, “Ultrasound standing wave fields induce endothelial cell sprouting within three-dimensional engineered tissues,” was recognized as the Best Student Paper in the Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration technical section. Winning this distinction just once is an honor, but this is actually the second year in a row that Kelley has earned this designation!

And Nicholas Berry was awarded the Professors' Choice Award for Undergraduate Research in Engineering at the UR Undergraduate Research Expo held on April 23. Nick earned this honor for his poster titled, "High Frequency Pulse-Echo Ultrasound for Three- Dimensional Engineered Tissue Characterization." In his research, Nick has developed a high-frequency ultrasound system to be used to characterize the biological, structural, and mechanical properties of three-dimensional engineered tissues. His coauthors are professors Diane Dalecki, Maria Helguera, and Denise Hocking.

If you want to see some impressive innovation in action, please come to the BME Senior Design poster session on Tuesday, May 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall. The students will be presenting their projects. Throughout their senior years, they work to solve engineering challenges faced by companies in the health care business.


Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean