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Bioengineering graduate student Abby Vogel was awarded First Place in Clinical Research in the second annual research competition for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award was for her Ph.D. research project titled Multi-Modality Imaging Techniques to Assess Vascularity in Tumors Associated with Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Vogel is advised by Professor Yang Tao, biological resources engineering, and Amir Gandjbakhche of the Laboratory of Integrative and Medical Biophysics (NIH).

Courtesy of Zonta InternationalPh.D. candidate Leila Ladani (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering [CALCE] and mechanical engineering [ME]) has won the 2006-2007 Amelia Earhart International Award, granted by the Zonta International Foundation, for her aerospace engineering research (Earheart is pictured at left). Ladani is advised by Professor Abhijit Dasgupta (CALCE/ME). The focus of her research is the mechanics of materials, especially fatigue and damage properties of material used in electronic products. Ladani has also won the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant from the Surface Mount Technology Association and Circuits Assembly magazine for her project The Effect of Voids, Caused by Manufacturing Variation, on the Thermo-mechanical Durability of Lead-free Solders. She is the first student from the University of Maryland to receive this award.

A paper authored by graduate student Kunal Kothari (AE) won second prize at the national 2006 Society for Advanced Materials Process Engineering (SAMPE) University Research Program student paper competition. The paper was titled Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Rapidly Consolidated Gamma Titanium Aluminides.

Anubha Goel, a civil and environmental engineering [CEE] graduate student of Professor Alba Torrents (CEE), is the first-place winner of the 2005 SETAC Best Student Platform Presentation for her work titled Factors Influencing the Air Concentrations of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in Rural MD and DE. SETAC, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, is a global professional organization focused on environmental chemistry and toxicology, biology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, health sciences, earth sciences and environmental engineering. This award is the society's most prestigious honor for graduate students.

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) Ph.D. student Sameer Hemmady won the Group on Statistical and Non-Linear Physics Student Speaker Award at the 2006 American Physical Society March Meeting. Hemmady's research advisors are Steven M. Anlage (Physics and ECE), Thomas M. Antonsen Jr. (ECE/Physics), and Edward Ott (ECE/Physics).

Material Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate student Israel Perez won the Best Poster Award at the MEMS Alliance Special Topics Symposium at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Perez is a graduate student of Professor Gary Rubloff (MSE, Institute for Systems Research [ISR] and Maryland NanoCenter).

Ph.D. candidates Joseph Varghese (CALCE/ME) and Gayatri Cuddalorepatta (CALCE/ME) have won the first and third place awards respectively in the best student poster competition (electronic and photonic packaging division) from the 2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Both students are advised by Professor Abhijit Dasgupta (CALCE/ME).

For the second consecutive year, ECE graduate student Reza Salem was selected as the winner of the annual Graduate Poster Competition of the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Baltimore/Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. chapter.

ECE Ph.D. student Luke Winternitz co-wrote an article on his NASA research for the April issue of GPS World magazine. The article explains the development of a GPS receiver for high-altitude satellite navigation. Winternitz is advised by Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR).

Jiaqiao Hu, a Ph.D candidate in ECE and ISR, will join the applied mathematics and statistics department in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor this August. Hu, who will graduate later this summer, is co-advised by Professor Steven Marcus (ECE and ISR) and Professor Michael Fu (ECE, ISR and the Robert H. Smith School of Business).

ECE Ph.D. student Michael Holloway was awarded a Southeastern Universities Research Association Jefferson Laboratory Graduate Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. Holloway is an advisee of ECE Chair Patrick O'Shea, and conducts research on beam diagnostics for free electron lasers in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.

ME Ph.D. student James Diorio was recently recognized by Maryland's Center for Teaching Excellence with the 2005-2006 Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award. In April, Diorio earned the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Endowment Fellow award for the 2006-2007 academic year.


Several Clark School students received national scholarships this academic year. Two aerospace engineering (AE) students (out of 30 in the nation) won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Scholarship: senior Rebecca Besser and junior Dean Bawek. Three Clark School students also won Gates Millennium Scholarships: junior civil engineering major Jazalyn Dukes, ECE graduate student Hung-Quoc Lai and senior ME major Mai Phuong Le. Deborah Sweet (pictured), a senior in chemical engineering, won a National Science Foundation stipend and tuition prize.

Erin Flanagan, MSE senior, presented her paper "Self-Organized Evolution on Patterned GaAs (001) Surfaces During Homo-Epitaxial Growth" at the American Physical Society national conference. She works with Professor Raymond Phaneuf (MSE).

Max Grace, a senior in MSE, received the first ever Achievement Rewards for College Scientists fellowship awarded to an undergraduate for his research on room temperature deformation of a-titanium alloys. Max is working on this research with S. Ankem and graduate student Greg Oberson in MSE.

ECE undergraduates Amir Ahmadi and Jeffrey Lee received the International Engineering Consortium's 2006 William L. Everitt Student Award of Excellence. The award honors outstanding seniors in electrical and computer engineering at affiliate universities across the country who are in the top 10 percent of their class and demonstrate an interest in the communications field.

The SAMPE student chapter design team won second place in a field of 18 universities at the SAMPE Wing Competition. Professor Norman Wereley (AE) and Research Engineer Vjekoslav Pavlin (AE) served as advisors to the design group.

AE seniors Paul Rosendall, Joseph Coker, Inna Kurits and Donald Mackey swept the undergraduate technical paper competition at the American Aeronautics and Astronautics Association (AIAA) Region-I Mid-Atlantic Student Conference. Paul Rosendall won first place with his paper titled "Enhanced Algorithms for an Underwater Visual Positioning System," and will present his paper at the AIAA Foundation National Student Conference competition held at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Coker received second place, and Kurits and Mackey tied for third.

Maeling Tapp, a junior in MSE, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Morgan L. Williams Scholarship sponsored by the Washington, D.C., chapter of ASM International (formerly the American Society of Materials). In addition to her academic achievements, she is active in the Materials Advantage Student Chapter, serving as secretary for the 2005-2006 school year and as president of the chapter for the 2006-2007 school year.

ECE student Ameer Abutaleb won the Undergraduate First Prize Award in the 2006 National Capital Region College Student Paper Competition sponsored by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies and the Washington Society of Engineers. Abutaleb won for his paper titled "A Nonlinear Model for the Cochlea and its Transistorization."

The Clark School's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Regional Concrete Canoe Competition, finishing in third place overall.

CEE student Hormoz Hematian-Boroojeni is the recipient of the 2006 Clark School of Engineering Outstanding ASPIRE Student Research Award for his research conducted under the supervision of Assistant Professor Ahmet Aydilek (CEE). As an undergraduate research assistant, Hormoz was involved in a project that investigates the spectral analysis of factors affecting roughness in flexible pavements. Undergraduates Eve Rubinstein and Dafna Kesselman, students of Assistant Professor John Fisher (CBE), were awarded ASPIRE scholarships for undergraduate research.

Senior Ashley Korzun (AE) was inducted into the Maryland Medallion Society by President Mote as a finalist for two prestigious university-wide awards, the Byrd Citizenship Prize and the Wilson H. Elkins Award. Korzun was recognized for coordinating a group of university students to travel to the Gulf Coast region to assist with Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts, and for her leadership in Tau Beta Pi and the Engineering Student Council.

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