January 2013


Letter from the Dean

New Research

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Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
Student Competitions

Graduate Students

Seven Clark School students were awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships: Eric Kim (ECE), Bao-Ngoc Nguyen (BioE), Luke Roberts (ME), Joshua Taillon (MSE), Matthew Marcus (AE), Joshua Sloane (AE) and Steve Sherman (AE). Learn more here.

HendricksMechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Christopher Hendricks was awarded a $15,000 ARCS Scholarship by the ARCS Foundation. Hendricks’ research in lithium-ion battery technology, with a focus on battery health and safety management through the use of sensing technologies for advanced failure mitigation, aligns with the ARCS Foundation’s interest in the energy research field.

Aerospace Engineering graduate student Levi DeVries was awarded a Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship in the amount of $26,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Mechanical engineering graduate student Michael Siemann traveled to a remote Nepali village to install a weather station as part of the Earth Networks – WeatherBug Total Lightning Network. The weather station will aid area pilots flying small planes to remote villages and general, mountain sightseeing flights in an area known for extreme weather changes.

Erica Hocking won the Master's Division of the student paper competition at the 2013 AIAA International Student Conference.

Kristy Schlueter and Stephen Sherman, both graduate students in the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, were awarded a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to support three years of M.S. and Ph.D. research.

Aerospace Engineering graduate student Jarred Young was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship, which is managed by the National Action Council for Minority Engineers (NACME), offers scholarship support to underrepresented students who are early Ph.D. students in engineering, natural science, and mathematics.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering graduate student Julianne Twomey, advised by BioE Associate Professor and Associate Chair Adam Hsieh, was awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. Twomey conducts her research in Hsieh's Orthopaedic Mechanobiology Lab, where she explores the feasibility of stem cells therapies for the regeneration of compressive load bearing tissues, such as cartilage and intervertebral discs.


36 Clark School students were accepted into the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program in Gaithersburg, Md. The program allows students majoring in engineering, science and mathematics to work side by side with leading researchers, use cutting-edge technology and gain valuable hands-on research experience in NIST’s six laboratories. In all, UMD's students represented one quarter of NIST's summer research fellows.

DeLaHuntAerospace junior Sylvie DeLaHunt is the Women in Aviation International (WAI) 2013 recipient of the Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship.

BioE senior Ben Bulka’s efforts toward understanding how stem cells might respond to mechanical stresses have earned him the 2013 Outstanding ASPIRE Student Research Award.

BioE freshmen Kristina Dziki, Ariel Isser, and Renee Mitchell swept the top three spots in the Institute of Biological Engineering's annual bioethics essay contest in March.

BioE Senior Kenny Rosenberg received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support his efforts on developing more effective treatments for osteoarthritis.

Five ChBE undergraduates earned summer internships at top companies through a program offered by the Society of Chemical Industry, the American International Group, the American Chemical Society, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Lauren Dorsey, Boheng Ma, Zachary Rom, Yoon Shin, and Isaac

Zaydens were selected from a nationwide field to receive 5 of the 37 positions offered by the SCI Scholars program.

Hylton Clark School senior Erin Hylton, a civil engineering major, has been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship for International Study, funded by the National Security Education Program.  Boren Scholarships provide opportunities for undergraduates to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Berkey Chris Berkey, a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was presented the Dinah Berman Memorial Award. The award is given to a third year engineering student with a 4.0 GPA who has combined academic excellence with demonstrated leadership or service to the Clark School.

Ben Kellogg, computer engineering, and Michael Kelly, mechanical engineering, have been invited to become members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States.

The University of Maryland Gamma Xi Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, an electrical and computer engineering honor society, received the 2011-2012 Outstanding Chapter Award from the national Eta Kappa Nu organization.

Clark School Fischell Department of Bioengineering senior Joshua Thompson has been named one of the University of Maryland's six Undergraduate Researchers of the Year by the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. Thompson was recognized for his accomplishments in tissue engineering.

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Student Competitions

The University of Maryland’s Gamera human powered helicopter team broke new ground in altitude and duration in a series of flights conducted at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., June 24-26, 2013. The team was also featured in a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal. Though they did not win the AHS Sikorsky Prize, the team led the way with their innovations in human powered flight.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering Demeter Team won second place in the 2013 RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition (Robo-Ops) held June 4–6 in Houston, Texas.

A team from the University of Maryland, Team Mulciber, was named a finalist in The Alliance for Green Heat's Next Generation Wood Stove Design Challenge. The Challenge seeks to promote next generation stove designs, build a community of innovators and showcase stove innovation to the public.

Steel Bridge TeamThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Steel Bridge Team took third place at the 2013 ASCE Mid-Atlantic Student Conference held at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown from April 20-21, qualifying them for the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition held in Seattle at the University of Washington.

The Clark School Solar Distillation Team won the Judge’s Choice Award and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Renewable Energy Application Demonstration Award as part of the annual Environmental Design Contest.

The Terps Racing Baja Team placed 13th overall out of 100 teams in the Baja SAE Tennessee Tech competition, which was held April 18 – 21 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. 

Team Thirsty Turtles took 4th in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ mid-Atlantic regional Chem-E Car Competition, which earned them a spot at the national competition in San Francisco.

Clark School undergraduates mentored a local middle and high school student robotics team that earned a top position in the Washington, DC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 28-30.

The University of Maryland Cybersecurity Club student competition team qualified for the 2013 National CyberWatch Center Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Regional Finals.

“String Theory,” a team of UMD freshmen, won 2nd place in the Windward Code Wars competition, where students from around the world create solutions for programming problems and pit their skills against each other.

Joan Zhang, a sophomore bioengineering major in the Clark School of Engineering, and her teammates won first place in the inaugural University of Maryland "Code for Community Challenge," held in April.




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