Stories from the Hajim School

At the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, our faculty and students are addressing some of the grand challenges of our time. Learn how they are engineering a better world: using optics to detect cancer, developing robots that work alongside humans, building adaptive toys for special needs kids, analyzing music with data science, and more. For more information, visit the Hajim School website.

Cancer and cut-free biopsies

Jannick Rolland, the Brian F. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering and the director of the Center for Freeform Optics, and Cristina Canavesi ’13 (MS), ’14 (PhD), ’15S (MBA) are scientists and entrepreneurs. They founded LighTopTech, a University of Rochester spinoff that has developed a novel optical device that makes cut-free biopsies possible.

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Machine learning advances human-computer interaction

Tom Howard, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the University’s Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, designs algorithms that help robots understand spoken language, work alongside humans, and perform tasks reliably.

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Engineering the gift of play

Through Toys for All Tots, engineering students teach others how to adapt toys for children with special needs at the University’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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The mysteries of music—and the key of data

Mark Bocko, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the audio and music engineering program, analyzes digital music files to better understand and mimic the ways in which humans recognize specific singers and musical performance styles.

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