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NAE Inducts Three Clark School-Affiliated Faculty Members

Professor Emeritus John Anderson (aerospace engineering), Jeong H. Kim Professor Ali Mosleh (mechanical engineering) and Professor Ben Shneiderman (computer science and Institute for Systems Research) are the three newest Clark School-affiliated members of the National Academy of Engineering. Their induction ranks as the greatest number of Clark School-affiliated faculty members ever elected in one year, and nearly five percent of U.S. inductees for 2010.

Nominate a Teacher or Colleague to the Innovation Hall of Fame

The Clark School is now accepting nominations for the Innovation Hall of Fame. If you know of a Clark School faculty member or alum (or other engineer closely associated with the school) whose technological innovations have advanced the field or had a positive impact on society, please submit your nomination for this year's award by March 22, 2010. Prior inductees include the inventors of the hybrid electric/gasoline engine (used in Toyota vehicles), pulse Doppler radar, the universal product code, the flexible cardiac stent and many other breakthroughs.

You're Invited! Departmental Lecture Series

Nearly every Clark School unit hosts regular lecture series and you are welcome to attend! Here are links to some of this semester's offerings:

Get Involved with Other Clark School Alumni!

The Clark School's Alumni Chapter is looking for new members to assist with upcoming commencement receptions, the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the University of Maryland Golf Course, Maryland Day events, student activities, professional society conferences and a new mentoring program. The chapter’s Board of Directors meets bi-monthly to discuss activities, and members may participate in person or remotely. For more information, please contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations, at 301.405.2150 or email

Make a Difference for Clark School Grad Students

The Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) seeks alumni to serve as panelists for EGSC Career Day on Thursday, March 25, from 3-7 p.m. at the Stamp Student Union's Colony Ballroom. In this annual event you can help grad students make smarter career choices by sharing your professional and personal insights and your knowledge of trends and opportunities in corporate and academic engineering. The EGSC is looking for panelists in all fields of engineering for the "Career in Industry" panel and the "Career as Entrepreneurs" panel. For further information, visit

Join Us! Spring 2010 Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

Pradeep Kaul, president and CEO of Hughes Systique, will give the first Whiting-Turner lecture of the spring semester on April 8. The next lecture (speaker TBA) will take place as part of the Fourth Annual Fischell Festival of Bioengineering on April 29. Both lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building lecture hall.

Join Us! Order of the Engineer Ceremony, April 9

As engineers, one of our utmost priorities is to apply high ethical standards in all of our decisions. Doctors affirm the Hippocratic Oath. So too, engineers can affirm the Oath of Obligation proclaiming a commitment to uphold their ethical responsibilities. Upon induction into the Order of the Engineer, you are given a steel band to wear on the small finger of your working hand to proudly display your commitment and remind yourself never to cut corners. The 2010 Order of the Engineer Ceremony will be held at the University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation. For additional information, please contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations, at 301.405.2150 or email, or visit

Explore Your World: Maryland Day, April 24

Join the University of Maryland in a celebration of our diverse world on Maryland Day. Stay tuned for more details about the activities, demonstrations, exhibits, performances and other events that will offer the community a glimpse into what makes the university and the Clark School special places. Learn more at

Save the Date! Baltimore-Area Alumni Networking Event: May 13

Clark School alumni in the Baltimore area are invited to attend the networking event at the Engineers Club in downtown Baltimore. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Watch your email for more details about this event and how to RSVP.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Northrop Grumman Funds Doctoral Fellowships

The Clark School has announced the creation of a new Northrop Grumman Fellowship for Ph.D. students. Northrop Grumman Corporation's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems Sector is funding the new fellowship. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships and fellowships, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Service-Minded Engineer Makes a Difference

ColombiaSimón Zimmer (B.S. '99, electrical engineering and German) has established Aguayuda (Spanish for water and help), a non-profit organization that seeks to provide appropriate water solutions and educational workshops to rural communities in developing countries. Aguayuda recently completed a project on the north coast of Colombia, South America, where they constructed two windmills and one water distribution system that will help provide water for approximately 1,500 people. The organization also offers free educational manuals regarding water, waste management, HIV/AIDS education and drug and alcohol abuse.

Join TerpNation!

TerpNation is a social and career tool brought to you by the Maryland Alumni Association. Connect online with friends (and friends-of-friends-of-friends) based on shared interests, common acquaintances, professions, locations and more. TerpNation is free and exclusive to Maryland graduates (former Terp Alumni Network members will need to re-register with TerpNation). Register now and watch your Terp connections grow!

Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to Corporate Partner ExxonMobil for sponsoring this month’s edition of the Clark School's e-newsletter. There are many chances throughout the year to put your name and support behind the activities of the Clark School. Sponsorship opportunities include not only this e-newsletter but also alumni receptions and student projects! Contact us to learn how you can make a difference!

Find Work with Our Corporate Partners

Are you looking for a job? The Clark School's Corporate Partners are always looking to fill positions with experienced engineers! Below are direct links to their recruiting web sites:

Alumni Notes

Each month, we randomly select a name from Alumni Notes to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winner is John Mularski! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Seth Adams (B.S. ’03, mechanical engineering) is a chief mechanical engineer with Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md.

Pinar Akcora (Ph.D. '05, chemical engineering) has received a NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award for a proposal titled "Multi-functional Particle Assemblies in Polymer Nanocomposites."

Neha Dua (MEng. ’07) is a presales associate with Dell Perot Systems in Noida, India.

Navid Fanaeian (B.S. '07, electrical engineering) has been hired as an associate by DeWitt Ross & Stevens in Madison, Wis. He will join their intellectual property group.

Lt. j.g. Daniel J. Farnoly (MEng. ’07) earned his Wings of Gold at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida in October.

Paul Jester (B.S. '70, electrical engineering) is a systems engineer at CGH in Washington, D.C.

Jun Pyo Lee (Ph.D. ’03 , mechanical engineering) is an engineer with Ingersoll Rand in Tyler, Texas.

John H. Morgenthaler (Ph.D. ’65, chemical engineering) was included in Cambridge Who's Who.

Chunhsi A. Mu (B.S. '02, mechanical engineering and computer science) has been elected shareholder of Banner & Witcoff, an intellectual property firm in Washington, D.C.

John Mularski (B.S. '05 and M.S. '07, aerospace engineering) received the Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree Award for his work in support of NASA's Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs at Johnson Space Center.

Jafar Saniie (B.S. '74, electrical engineering) has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is the Filmer Distinguished Professor, associate chair, graduate program director, and director of the Ultrasonic Information Processing Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Phanibhushan Sharma (M.S. ’88, mechanical engineering) is a director at EKA Designs, Ltd. in Bangalore, India.


Samuel Eli Schreiber (B.S. ’05, aerospace engineering) married Shera Esther Carlson in The Woodlands, Texas, earlier this month.

Alan Justin Wilder (B.S. '00, electrical engineering) married Jennifer Claire Dougherty in Stroudsburg, Pa., last summer.

Valerie Wilder (B.S. '96, mechanical engineering) married Alfred Colville in Arlington, Va., last month.

In Memoriam

Over the past two months, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of James E. Crockett (B.S. '49, civil engineering) and Robert A. Burns (B.S. 58, mechanical engineering).

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The Baltimore Sun lauds the efforts of UM's Pres. Mote (a Clark School professor of mechanical engineering).

CNN visit's CALCE/ME's Michael Pecht's lab in the wake of the Toyota recalls.

CivE's Prof. Chung C. Fu joins WAMU's "Kojo Nnamdi Show" to talk about infrastructure and corroson after the recent snowstorms.

Civil engineering undergraduate Katherine Turner writes a letter to the editor about healthcare, printed in The Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press cover the latest round of Maryland Industrial Partnerships funding.

Prof. Michael Pecht speaks about Toyota's recall woes on NPR's "All Things Considered."

New America Media features a letter on Haiti written by Fischell Fellow of Bioengineering Marc Dandin.

Alumna Valerie Wilder (B.S. '96, mechanical engineering) and her wedding are featured in The Washington Post.

Igor Smolyaninov comments on advances made in engineering a liquid invisibility cloak in New Scientist.

Gerry Galloway weighs in on levee statistics in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine quotes Clark School aerospace engineering Chair Mark Lewis.

AeroE's Prof. Dave Akin is an expert on killer space fashion according to Discovery News.

James Blubaugh (B.S. '91, mechanical engineering) was featured by The Washington Post as a "Federal Player of the Week."

Anthony Comberiate, Jr. (B.S. '97, electrical engineering), earns a mention in Baltimore's Catholic Review.

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