We’re spotlighting the students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who are making the world ever better.
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Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Hajim School is committed to:
- increasing the diversity of our students, staff, and faculty;
- creating policies, programs, and opportunities to ensure that women and those traditionally underrepresented in engineering are treated equitably;
- and, above all, supporting everyone with a spirit of genuine inclusivity.
Click here here to learn more about our committment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to find profiles of more than 50 Hajim School faculty, staff, and alumni who serve as role models, including those listed below.
Miguel Alonso, professor of optics
Mark Buckley, associate professor of biomedical engineering
Jaime Cardenas, assistant professor of optics
Marvin Doyley, professor of electrical and computer engineering
Melodie Lawton, assistant professor of chemical engineering
Gonzalo Mateos, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering
Jennifer Allen ‘97 ‘10 (MBA)
Mercy Asiedu '14
Delali Attiogbe Attipoe ’03
Peter Delfyett '83MS
Beauclaire Mbanya '20
Shawn Rochester ’97
Sean Rodrigues ’12
Mario Simpson '99
Christopher Stewart ’05MS ’08PhD
Tim Talley '88
Charity Wallace '09
Women Faculty in Engineering
Niaz Abdolrahim, mechanical engineering—Abdolrahim wanted to be an engineer since she was in high school. She was drawn to the idea of solving problems using math, and of designing new systems and engineering concepts.
Amy Lerner, biomedical engineering—Lerner began her career designing functional clothing for people with disabilities and parts of space suits for ILC Dover (supplying NASA) before turning to biomedical engineering.
Jennifer Hunter, ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, optics—Hunter has turned her interests in physics and visual science into a career studying retinal imaging, the process of taking digital images of the back of a person’s eye.
Jannick Rolland, optics— Rolland discovered her passion for technical design while watching a theatre production at age 16. Today, she is a leading expert in freeform optics and cofounder of the startup LighTopTech.
Jessica Shang, mechanical engineering—Shang’s childhood interests in tools, tinkering, and math and science have led her to a career in academia studying the fluid mechanics of biological phenomena.
Visit the Celebration 2020 website to see more profiles of Hajim School women faculty members, alumnae, and staff who have contributed to engineering and computer science.
Grand Challenges Scholars
University of Rochester students are seeking recognition as Grand Challenges Scholars. The program asks students from any discipline to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society.
Learn more here about the ways the University of Rochester is tailor made for Grand Challenges Scholars to tackle these challenges--and how students have taken full advantage!
Also check out these Q-and-A’s and profiles.
2022 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Kareem Abdelmaqsoud, chemical engineering
- Amanda Adams, biomedical engineering
- Joshua Batres, engineering science and business
- Anca Frasineanu, molecular genetics and chemistry
- Ena Haseljic, molecular genetics and psyschology
- Anis Idrizovic, optical engineering
- Samantha Kapushy, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering
- Claude Mulindi, engineering science
- Francis Pellegrino, optical engineering
- Tiana Salomon, biomedical engineering
- Helen Shammas, biomedical engineering
- Muskaan Vasandani
2021 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Andrew Balogh, electrical and computer engineering
- Hanwen Gu, biomedical engineering
- Emily Laskey, biochemistry, psychology
- Shannon Lue Chee Lip, English
- Emily Schiller, biological sciences
- Bradley Smith, neuroscience
- Leonor Teles, biomedical engineering
2020 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Marah Abdin, electrical and computer engineering
- Sara Anis, biomedical engineering
- Dewey Bazirake, business analytics
- Kapambwe Chalwe, electrical and computer engineering
- Ananya Goyal, biomedical engineering
- Frederico Hama, mechanical engineering
- Alistair Kirk, biomedical engineering
- Clara Martinez Rubio, electrical and computer engineering and computer science
- Beauclaire Mbanya, chemical engineering
- Kristin Smith, brain and cognitive sciences
- Mark Westman, mechanical engineering
2019 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Beatriz Gonzalez, political science and economics
- Emma Luke, biomedical engineering
- Muhammad Miqdad, chemical engineering
- Nicole Naselaris, optical engineering
- Jing Tian Ngiaw, education and musical arts
- Haley Wohlever, mechanical engineering
- Michael Woodbury, neuroscience
2018 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Raymond Chin, biomedical engineering
- Alexandra Frederickson, biological sciences (molecular genetics track)
- Kalila Shapiro, digital media studies
- Fernando Suarez, mechanical engineering
Each month, the Hajim School recognizes outstanding engineering and computer science students who make the most of the full spectrum of opportunities at the University of Rochester to pursue learning beyond the classroom.
Kate Korslund ’20, mechanical engineering
Supportive teammates, professors help her excel
Daniel Savage ’20 PhD MD, dual doctorates in optics and medicine
MD-PhD grad has a ‘rare combination of attributes’
Greg Hernandez ’20, audio and music engineering
Ready to ‘innovate, create, and change the world’
Tresa Elias ’20, biomedical engineering
A ‘rare gift’ for doing research
Caroline Cardinale ’21, mechanical engineering
Dyslexia did not deter this ‘fearless’ researcher
Ethan Fahnestock '21, interdepartmental engineering, physics
Goldwater scholar enjoys flexibility to pursue his passions
Doran Teverovsky ’20, optics
He makes optics look easy
Anindini Singh ’21, data science, economics
Persistence helps her master a ‘steep learning curve’
Francis Pellegrino ’22, optical engineering
A passion for entrepreneurship
Tram Nguyen ’22, biomedical engineering, economics
She would like to be an innovator like Elon Musk
Dominick Harasimiuk ’21, computer science, financial economics
Eager to begin a career in finance and technology
Claire Wilson ’21, chemical engineering
‘A clear standout’
Onjen Bosic ’22, mechanical engineering
University aids his quest for ‘useful’ knowledge
Hristijan Stojkovic ’22, optical engineering
Orphan turned scholar learns the value of mentors
Muhammed El-Sayed ’22, electrical and computer engineering
He's found his niche at Studio X
Nicholas Achuthan ’23, optics
This is the ‘best possible place’ to study both piano and photons
Valerie Batista ‘23, computer science, music
Rochester’s flexibility helps her thrive
Savannah Schisler ‘22, mechanical engineering, physics and astronomy
This transfer student has set a high bar
Kelsey Lee ‘23, optical engineering, piano performance
She excels at both piano and optics
Student Internship Experiences
Class of 2020:
- Sara Apanavicius, chemical engineering
- Shagun Bose, computer science and psychology
- Demetrious Dowdell, optical engineering
- Yan Li, computer science
- Joyceline Marealle, chemical engineering
- Tinashe Marera, electrical and computer engineering
- Jillian Penfield, computer science
- Caroline Stockwell, biomedical engineering
- Eric Weidman, chemical engineering
Undergraduate Research Fellows
The Engineering Research Fellows Program provides engineering undergraduates with an opportunity to participate in a research experience in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences during the summer. Check out these 2018 Fellows:
- Perla Aguilar is a mechanical engineering major who worked on analyzing satellite data taken from various organizations like NASA and the European Space Agency to study oceanic heat transport for her Xerox Fellowship Project.
- Amro Bayoumy is a mechanical engineering major whose Engineering Research Fellowship project focused on improving wind farm efficiency.
- Zachary Byron, an electrical and computer engineering major, taught robots to understand voice commands as part of his Engineering Research Fellowship.
- Jordan Floyd, an electrical and computer engineering major, uses Java and Android Studio to help create an interactive healthcare app.
- Gregory Hernandez, an audio and music engineering major, worked with Mark Bocko on designing flat-panel speakers for his Engineering Research Fellowship.
- Beauclaire Mbanya is a chemical engineering major working on liquid metal batteries to help address the problem of energy storage in solar grids.