January 2013


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Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

Clark School Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Alison Flatau was selected for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Prize.

Bing HuClark School Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) assistant professor Liangbing Hu has received a U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award (AFOSR YIP) to fund his research group’s study of nanopaper, a lightweight, strong, transparent material that can enable a range of new and improved electronic technologies.

Professor Mark Lewis was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Dryden Distinguished Lectureship in Research by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Clark School Department of Aerospace Engineering Chair and Minta Martin Professor Norm Wereley was awarded the 2013 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

PackOn May 8, 2013, the White House recognized Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) Director Michael L. Pack as a Transportation “Champion of Change.”  The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Transportation hosted the event on "Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century."

Professor Ken Yu was honored by AIAA with the AIAA Sustained Service Award. This award is presented to recognize sustained, significant service and contributions to the AIAA by members of the Institute.

The 2013 Smart Structures Product Implementation Award was presented to the team of Techno-Sciences Inc. (TSi) and the Smart Structures Laboratory within the University of Maryland's Department of Aerospace Engineering on March 12, 2013 at the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Symposium in San Diego, CA. This award recognized the development of the Semi-Active Magnetorheological Seat Suspension (SAMSS) System for use in the SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter.

In the story, “Of Mice and Men,” in the March/April 2013 issue of PRiSM, BioE professor and chair William E. Bentley discussed how his research group is developing biomimetic devices that can provide alternatives to animal testing.

Associate Professor Mark Austin (CEE/ISR) and his Ph.D. student Leonard Petnga (CEE-Civil Systems) won the Best Paper Award at the 13th Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER-13) March 19-22, 2013, in Atlanta.

ASCE-EWRI Journal of Hydrologic Engineering selected Dr. Richard McCuen to receive the 2013 Outstanding Associate Editor Award for your service.

SprangleThe American Physical Society awarded Dr. Phillip Sprangle (ECE/IREAP/Physics) with the 2013 James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics. This award is sponsored by General Atomics and was established to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of plasma physics.

A research paper co-authored by James Milke, P.E., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE), FPE graduate student Robin Zevotek, P.E., and Thomas Fabian, Ph.D., of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has received the Ronald K. Mengel award for best fire detection research presentation at a Fire Protection Research Foundation conference. The paper, "Cooking Fire Prevention," summarizes an experiment aimed at determining if precursors to cooking fires can help prevent the incidents.

Michael Pecht
, mechanical engineering professor and director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), was recognized with a Distinguished Achievement Award by University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Engineering.

Clark School Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Manfred Wuttig was the guest of honor at a symposium celebrating both his distinguished career and 80th birthday at the national meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS), held in San Francisco, Ca. in April 2013.

Professor Anthony Ephremides (ECE/ISR) was elected as one of six external members of the new 15-member Institutional Council of the National Technical University of Athens.

Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering Yunho Hwang was selected to receive the Exceptional Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The award honors ASHRAE members who have provided exemplary service to the society.

Professor Don DeVoe has been awarded a 2013 University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Only 17 faculty members are chosen from across the University System of Maryland to receive this recognition.

Min WuProfessor Min Wu (ECE/UMIACS/ISR), was selected as a 2013-2014 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland. The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher program recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Clark School researchers took home awards in the Information Science and Physical Science categories of the 26th Annual Invention of the Year Awards reception, hosted by the UMD’s Office of Technology Commercialization. Learn more here.


AnisimovUniversity of Maryland Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Mikhail Anisimov was elected as a foreign member of both the Russian Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Prof. Miroslaw Skibniewski was elected to the membership in Poland's National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Ali Mosleh was elected as a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.

Yang Tao was elected to Fellowship in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). He was cited for his nationally and internationally recognized expertise "in cutting-edge research programs, [for] achievements in the applications of machine vision and bio-imaging, [for] developing innovative and practical high-tech systems and technologies for food safety and quality, and for cost-effective production of poultry, fruit, vegetables, and other products."

Former Institute for Systems Research (ISR) Senior Research Scientist Carl Landwehr was named a 2013 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for contributions to cybersecurity.”

Martha Connolly, director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland, was inducted into the College of Fellows by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Keynotes and Invited Talks

Clark School Professor Leigh Abts (BioE/Education) was invited by the National Science Foundation to speak at a Congressional briefing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, titled ”Harnessing the Power of Engineering to Improve STEM Education in K-12 Schools.”

Dr. Steven A. Gabriel (CE) gave the keynote address at a workshop entitled "Modellieren für die Energiewende – Modellansätze und aktuelle Anwendungen" ("Modeling for the Energy Turnaround - Modeling Approaches and Current Applications") sponsored by the Hertie School of Governance, at the German Economic Research Institute ( on Oct. 12, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Amde M. Amde recently gave a keynote paper at the international conference ACCTA 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Clark School Fire Protection Engineering Assistant Professor Stanislav Stoliarov spoke on July 1 at the European meeting on Fire Retardancy and Protection of Materials (FRPM) in Lille, France. Stoliarov's plenary talk, "Engineering Flame Resistant Materials using Numerical Simulations," provided an overview of ThermaKin, a thermo-kinetic modeling of polymer burning behavior.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Jungho Kim gave a keynote lecture at the 8th Annual Conference on Multiphase Flows (ICMF2013) that was held May 26-31, 2013 in Jeju, Korea. ICMF is one of the premier conferences in the field of multiphase flows and their applications.



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