We’re spotlighting the students and faculty 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
Women in Engineering Series
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 by the National Academy of Engineering. The program asks students from any discipline to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society. Check out our Q-and-A’s with the Grand Challenges Scholars.
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
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
The Xerox 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 the 2018 Xerox 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 XEROX 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 Xerox 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 Xerox 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.