Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

On Friday of this past week, we held the second meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Committee in Chicago.  Topics for discussion included progress in the Hajim School this year and strategic planning aimed at our future capital campaign.  Conversation was lively, and we left the meeting with some incredible nuggets that will serve us well.  I am ever grateful for the friends and alumni of the Hajim School that devote their time and energy to the very essence of making us ever better.  Meliora!

Speaking of ever better, the Smithsonian Institution has invited Mechanical Engineering Prof. Renato Perucchio to give a talk about ancient Roman architecture and its revolutionary engineering accomplishments in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, May 11. Roman structures have endured for thousands of years and maintained their structural integrity in a way that is even impressive by today’s standards. Renato is the director of our new Program in Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures and has extensively studied these engineering feats. He will discuss the historical development of vaults and domes, and how those engineering innovations allowed Roman architects to design buildings of unprecedented scale. The talk starts at 6:30 p.m. You can find more information here (link).

And winners have been announced for the Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition. All four top teams are made up of biomedical engineering students. The first place team, ArmEmbrace, designed a state-of-the-art arm brace to aid patient rehabilitation. Congratulations to Sara Ripp and Kerry Wang, on their victory! The second place students traveled to Peru to visit hospitals and made a boot that measures pressure under a person’s foot in order to detect ulcers. Third place was given to a team that designed a simulated blood vessel for training nurses. Fourth place was a portable dosimeter for measuring radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster.  Those entries and more will be on display Tuesday during the Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Poster Session in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a great chance to see some professional-quality work that was done by motivated undergraduates who designed, built, and marketed innovative devices from start to finish.

And speaking of business, the Mark Ain Business Model Competition, made possible by support from Mark S. Ain ’67S, founder of Kronos Incorporated, will take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Eisenberg Rotunda of Schlegel Hall. Five student teams - Arm Embrace (winner of the Forbes Entrepreneurial Award), I-Squared Materials, MediTel, QMD Biosystems, and Oregano.com - will compete for $13,500 in cash prizes. There will be refreshments and you can register online to attend at http://www.rochester.edu/entrepreneurship/registration.html or call 585.276.3500.

Sincerely,

Robert L. Clark,
Professor and Dean