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Hajim School News 2020


Advanced 3D printer purchased for Rettner Hall

December 4, 2020

New 3D printer

An advanced 3D printing system has been purchased for the fabrication studio at the University of Rochester media arts and innovation center in Rettner Hall. It will enable students and faculty to keep pace with a rapidly evolving technology that is now finding industrial applications.


Forbes prize brings drinking water to desert villages

November 23, 2020

Well in Pakistan.

Muhammad Miqdad ’19, a University of Rochester chemical engineering alumnus and Grand Challenges Scholar, is investing the money his team won in last year’s Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition to install wells for drinking water in remote villages of Pakistan’s Thar desert. 


Wells Award recipients balance cutting-edge science with humanities

October 27, 2020

This year’s recipients of the Hajim School Wells Award have capitalized on the University of Rochester’s status as a first-tier research institution. The three seniors have gained hands-on lab experience at the cutting edge of technology and science.


October 12, 2020

Doran Teverovksy

Mention Doran Teverovsky ’20 at The Institute of Optics or at the Center for Visual Science, and you’ll hear reactions like these:


September 30, 2020

Wendi Heinzelman

There were moments back in March and April when the challenges of learning, teaching, and working remotely seemed almost insurmountable in the midst of the pandemic that closed our campus.


LLE scientist David Turnbull receives fusion award

August 10, 2020

David Turnbull

David Turnbull, a scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award from Fusion Power Associates.


July 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the University of Rochester to switch to remote learning in March 2020 for the remainder of the spring semester. Students had to adjust to a new way of doing things. The transition went more smoothly for some than others, but for all, it was a challenge to say goodbye to their college home beside the Genesee. They coped in different ways, by enjoying more time with family, delving into a passion like music, or finding new perspective amidst a time of self-reflection.


Delivering IT with the user in mind

July 30, 2020

Joseph Pasquarelli on his sailboat on Lake Ontario

“Hybrid” is the new buzzword for the way Hajim School students are taught amidst the coronavirus pandemic.


July 27, 2020

Caroline Cardinale '21 is an Astronaut Scholarship recipient.

Some undergraduate students are at loss when they begin working in a research lab. Research is not the same as solving problems in a classroom, where the answers are already known --where students are graded on how well they’ve mastered the equations and other tools they’ve been taught to arrive at those answers.


July 27, 2020

Solar panels atop Goergen Athletic Center.

An array of solar panels activated this year at the University of Rochester will not only provide renewable energy on sunny days, but serve as an open, public demonstration of how that energy can be stored for cloudy days as well. 


July 27, 2020

New and departing department chairs

Two remarkably productive Hajim School department chairs – Mark Bocko and Sandhya Dwarkadas -- stepped down effective July 1.


Gdowski named fellow of medical device association

May 1, 2020

Greg Gdowski

Greg Gdowski, executive director of a University of Rochester master’s program in medical device design, has been inducted as a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). 


EWB chapter keeps project moving forward

February 7, 2020

Members of the Engineers Without Borders team take a break in front of the blue shed that houses water disinfection.

Members of the University of Rochester Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter, back from their sixth trip to a school in the Dominican Republic, will return next year to make sure the water they are providing pleases the most important palates of all – those of the schoolchildren.


Detecting microplastics is first step in assessing the harm they cause

January 6, 2020

The image at left shows debris captured on a silicon nanomembrane (greenish background, with bluish slots, 8 microns wide) by Greg Madejski in the lab of James McGrath. The fluorescence image at right shows how Nile red stain is used to identify the plastics. (Courtesy of McGrath lab)