Office of Global Engineering Leadership

Ramsey Jabaji

Mr. Ramsey Jabaji (he/him/his)
Director
(301) 405-0234 | rjabaji@umd.edu 

Ramsey Jabaji directs the Office of Global Engineering Leadership and is a lecturer in the A. James Clark School of Engineering where he oversees Clark Abroad programs, the Clark in Madrid program, Minor in Global Engineering Leadership, and TerrapinSTRONG/ClarkLEAD undergraduate onboarding initiatives. Ramsey is responsible for the oversight and strategy of one of the largest engineering study abroad portfolios in the country which includes 20+ exchange partners, the Clark in Madrid program, and 5+ short-term study abroad courses annually. He has 15+ years of teaching experience in leadership and higher education administration at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University in locations such as Australia, China, France, The Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.

Ramsey holds a master's in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a former board member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, he served a 6-month appointment as special assistant to the president to launch UMD's TerrapinSTRONG onboarding initiative, and he currently serves as an Aspect Institute Impact Fellow. He is the recipient of multiple national awards from ACPA: College Student Educators International & NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society & Phi Kappa Phi National Leadership Honor Society at the University of Maryland. He holds a Leadership for Diversity Institute Certification from the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and a CliftonStrengths Certification from the Gallup Organization.

Brian Dillehay

Mr. Brian Dillehay (he/him/his)
Associate Director
(301) 405-8921 | dillehay@umd.edu

Brian Dillehay is the Associate Director in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership and oversees operational aspects of our global, leadership, and onboarding initiatives. He has been working and teaching courses in the A. James Clark School of Engineering for over five years and has an extensive background in international education and global programming. Brian joined the University of Maryland from AMIDEAST where he administered Fulbright students from the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he has experience teaching and working abroad, primarily in Taiwan. He received his MA in International Training and Education from American University in 2016 and his BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006.

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Dr. Darren Pierre (he/him/his)
Lecturer & GEL Minor Advisor
(301) 405-6828 | dpierre@umd.edu

Darren Pierre, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership.  Pierre is a thought-leader within higher education, authoring a book, book chapters, journal articles, and presenting at numerous conferences on topics centered on leadership, identity development, and student engagement. In 2020, he led a team in developing one of the nine strategic priorities developed to inform the 2020-2025 National Leadership Education Research Agenda (NLERA). Dr. Pierre received his Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

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Ms. Katherine Schwarzentraub (she/her/hers)
Coordinator for Global Leadership Programs
(301) 405-0786 | ktraub@umd.edu

Katherine Schwarzentraub is the Coordinator for Global Leadership Programs in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership. She serves as the primary advising contact for Clark School students interested in studying abroad and for UMD students attending the Clark-in-Madrid program. Additionally, Katherine supports incoming ENGR Exchange students studying at Maryland from our partner universities. Since 2017, she has served as a resource in various roles on campus to encourage UMD students to pursue study abroad opportunities, and incorporate global learning opportunities into their Maryland experience. Katherine is a proud Terp and received her MA in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, and BA in Government and German with an Art History minor from Wofford College.

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Ms. Aralia Ramirez (she/her/ella)
Coordinator for Leadership Development
(301) 405-3857 | aramir14@umd.edu

Aralia Ramirez is the Coordinator for Leadership Development and recently joined our team from California in June of 2022. Aralia works with our leadership and onboarding initiatives, facilitates our intergroup dialogue courses, and provides leadership training for our Engineering student organizations and student societies housed in the Clark School. Prior to joining us, Aralia worked at California State University, Chico (Chico State) and Duke University supporting onboarding and leadership programming primarily for first-year students and students in STEM. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Chico State and her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. Aralia's research interests are leadership development, student development, equitable supervision practices, and ways to create equitable campus environments. Outside of work, Aralia enjoys playing Pickleball, hiking, baking, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Léna Kavaliauskas Crain (she/her/hers)
Lecturer
lkavalia@umd.edu

Léna Crain, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership. She has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses, including programs in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Netherlands, and Australia, and has lived and worked in France. These experiences contributed to her research, which examines the relationship between culture, pedagogy, and cognition (how culture influences the way we teach and learn), and the influence of cultural dimensions on conflict and resolution. In her broader career in higher education, Dr. Crain has been recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree and Annuit Coeptis Scholar. Dr. Crain received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Clark in Madrid

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Ms. Julia Blatchford (she/her/hers)
Clark in Madrid On-Site Coordinator
jblatchf@umd.edu  

Julia Blatchford serves as the On-Site Coordinator for the Clark in Madrid program for UMD students during their study abroad semester in Spain. Additionally, she is an International Student Advisor to students from around the world as they pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in the USA. Prior to these roles, Julia worked as an English Language and Culture Instructor in K-12 bilingual schools in Madrid and as a Spanish language teacher in her home state of Vermont. Julia earned her B.A. from Beloit College with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Language & Literature, and then went on to pursue master’s degrees in International Education and Global Higher Education from the Universidad de Alcalá. The focus of her research has revolved around curriculum design for intercultural competency development for Spanish high school students, as well as a pre-university language and culture acquisition program for international students studying at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and teaching archery during the summer.


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