Hajim School News 2019

2019 Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award: James Fienup

August 27, 2019

From left to right, PhD candidate Joseph Tang, Prof. James Fienup, and PhD candidate Scott Paine in the lab where they use a MEMS  (microelectromechanical system) deformable mirror to simulate the James Webb Space Telescope and test the phase retrieval algorithms the lab has developed to realign the telescope’s 18 mirrors.

In addition to remarkable research and teaching skills, this year’s recipient of the Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award has a splendid knack for reading the writing on the wall. (Presented September 9, 2019 by Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)

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Hajim School recognized for efforts to increase diversity

July 17, 2019

Thomas Howard, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among Hajim School faculty members who have mentored Rochester City School District students as part of the Upward Bound program.

When Talia English ’21 attended the National Society of Black Engineers annual convention earlier this year, “It helped to reassure me that there are many successful and worthwhile opportunities that await me and that taking all of these challenging courses is worth it …” she says.

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Homage for a humble icon of science

June 27, 2019

Ching Tang speaking at a podium.

Every weekend, when he takes his children shopping at a local wholesale store, Mitchell Anthamatten is reminded of the magnitude of what his friend and colleague Ching Tang has accomplished.

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Senior projects tackle ‘real-world’ problems, serve community

May 14, 2019

Sean Benjamin of mechanical engineering demonstrates the prosthetic hand developed by his team, Prosthesis for New Syria, by picking up an egg at Design Day. Around 40,000 Syrian refugees living in Lebanon require upper limb prostheses. However, most current transradial prostheses are expensive, not easily accessible, or not easily customizable. The team used 3D printing technology. The printed prosthetic parts are combined with a muscle sensor to obtain muscle signals from the patient’s residual limb, which in turn actuate flexion in the device’s fingers. At left is fellow team member Crystal Kim. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster/ University of Rochester )

Is there a better way to monitor who’s knocking on your door when you’re not at home? What if surgeons could realistically practice operations ahead of time – but not be unnecessarily exposed to X-rays? And how do you entertain young patrons in a children’s library, in a way that stimulates their interest in science and technology?

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