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Check Out the Clark School's New Homepage!

New SiteThe Clark School homepage now tells big stories in a BIG way—using a large picture to tell stories about how we make an impact in our world. The site also tells stories in new ways—for the first time we now have video on our homepage, in the rightmost of the horizontally scrolling set of windows at the bottom of the page. You should take a look at

Espy-Wilson Selected For ADVANCE Program

Espy-Wilson Prof. Carol Espy-Wilson (ECE/ISR) will serve as the ADVANCE Professor for Women Faculty of Color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and will work alongside Prof. Alison Flatau, another ADVANCE Professor in the Clark School. Espy-Wilson's new appointment begins in spring of 2011.

Nominate a Teacher or Fellow Alum 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 25, 2011. Prior inductees include the inventors of satellite radio technology (used in the Sirius XM Radio system), hybrid electric/gasoline engine (used in Toyota vehicles), pulse Doppler radar, the universal product code, the flexible cardiac stent and many other breakthroughs. This is your chance to honor our best!

Engineers Without Borders Returns to Ethiopia

Ethiopia In January, the UM Engineers Without Borders Ethiopia project team returned to the town of Addis Alem to assess the feasibility of a sustainable stream-crossing project. The assessment team performed a full site survey, including a detailed topographical survey, in preparation for design work. The project team anticipates that they will return to implement their design in January 2012.

CATT Game Builders Win with "scrEWEd"

scrEWEd Researchers at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) won first place in a local competition for conceptualizing and creating a video game in just 48 hours. Their team placed first in the local segment of the Global Game Jam, which was hosted at the Universities at Shady Grove. The completed game was titled "scrEWEd" with the description reading, "You are a shepherd defending the world's last herd of sheep from a wolf epidemic." The team hopes to continue working on the game to get it up and running on Xbox Live.

Great Expectations Spotlight: $50k for Solar Decathlon Team

WatershedThe UM Solar Decathlon team has received $50,000 from Constellation Energy in the form of an "Energy to Educate" grant, one of 10 such awards to schools around the country. The team will be able to use the funds for any portion of the project--materials, planning, construction, furnishings, etc. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships, fellowships, and support for competitions and student activities, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Alum Thankful for Co-Op Opportunity

GreenhausScott Greenhaus (B.S. '82, civil engineering, and MBA '86) reports that he still is employed with Structural Group Inc., where he performed a co-op as a Clark School student. "I have had an awesome career and the engineering co-op program was a big part of getting me to where I am." Scott recently made a $5,000 gift to the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office.

Join Us! Order of the Engineer Ceremony, April 1

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 2011 Order of the Engineer Ceremony will be held at the University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse on Friday, April 1, 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

California Alumni, You're Invited to a Networking Reception, April 13 and 14

San Diego Area alumni, please join us for a reception with Dean Darryll Pines on the evening April 13. Alumni in the Bay Area, you are invited to join Dean Pines at a reception on the evening of April 14. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Explore Your World: Maryland Day, April 30

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 12

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 12, 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.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a 2011 Ford Fiesta!

Raffle tickets are available online for $10 each or 3 for $25 with proceeds benefiting the University of Maryland Alumni Association, including student, young alumni and other programming. The lucky winner will be drawn on Maryland Day, April 30, 2011.

Join the University of Maryland Online Alumni Community!

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

Your Name Here--Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to Corporate Partner Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Bethesda Chapter, 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 Lael Rudd! Don't miss your chance to win the next t-shirt--send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Doyin Adewodu (M.Eng ’10, electrical and computer engineering) is a recipient of the 2011 Black Engineer of the Year – Modern Day Technology Leader award. The recipients of the award are young African-American professionals with 5-10 years of professional experience who are now working to shape the technology and science of the future.

Thomas Farrell (B.S. ’04, aerospace engineering) is SM-3 propulsion lead with the Missile Defense Agency in Washington, D.C.

Martin Furman (B.S. '76, chemical engineering and chemistry) is the new chief operating officer of Toyo Tire in Cypress, Calif.

Thomas Herald (M.S. '86, electrical engineering) has been appointed to serve as a senior fellow of Lockheed Martin Corporation's Global Training and Logistics business unit. He's also an adjunct professor for Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Central Florida.

Frank Kaul (B.S. '88, civil engineering), a senior associate/senior structural engineer from Dewberry’s Baltimore office, has been elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Maryland chapter.

Netsanet Hailu (B.S. ’07, biological resources engineering, and M.Eng. '10, civil and environmental engineering) is a design engineer at consulting firm JMT in Sparks, Md.

Rajiv Laroia (M.S. '89 and Ph.D. '92, electrical engineering) has been named senior vice president and CTO of Sonus Networks in Westford, Mass.

Matthew Lillard (B.S. ’98, aerospace engineering) is an aerospace engineer at the Naval Aviation Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md. He is the MH-60 Seahawk Propulsion and Power Team lead and recently made a successful flight test of a new Biofuel JP-5.

Donald Lyons (B.S. ’88, aerospace engineering) is chief engineer for the Department of Homeland Security's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in Washington, D.C.

Derek Murgatroyd (B.S. '07, fire protection engineering) was hired to work with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County (Md.) officials in the review and approval of building plans for new and renovated buildings.

David Peake (B.S. '96, civil engineering) is a metropolitan district engineer for the Maryland State Highway Administration’s District 4 (Baltimore and Harford counties) offices.

Christopher Perrygo (B.S. '96, natural resource management, and M.S. '00, biological resources engineering) is program manager for Sabre’s Information Technology/Information Management support team at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

Daniel Rolf (B.S. ’99 and M.S. ’06, aerospace engineering) is a senior thermal engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company's Orion Program in Lakewood, Colo.

Lael Rudd (B.S. ’96, M.S. ’99 and Ph.D. ’01, aerospace engineering) is manager for autonomy, flight controls, and vehicle management systems technology development at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in El Segundo/Redondo Beach, Calif. He is active in AIAA (an associate fellow) and tries to volunteer at high schools where he can promote math, science and engineering.

Harsh Shetty (B.S. '98, mechanical engineering) is the new CEO of UC Hub Group (San Diego, Calif.), which pursues merger and acquisition opportunities in the oil, gemstone, precious metal and software industries.

Michael D. Smith (B.S. '91, electrical engineering, and M.S. '96, telecommunication engineering) has been promoted to full professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Marc K. Sours (B.S. ’93, mechanical engineering) was recently promoted to general manager and chief engineer of Honda Performance Development, Inc. in Santa Clarita, Calif.


Matthew Kless (B.S. '06, aerospace engineering) is engaged to fellow Terp Erin Boteler (B.S. '06, English).

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past two months, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Jerome "Jerry" Shuman (B.S. '60, civil engineering) and Bastian "Buzz" Hello (B.S. '48, aerospace engineering).

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Engineers Without Borders Returns to Ethiopia

CATT Game Builders Win with "scrEWEd"

Students Build Guilford Run Bioretention System

Cohen Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

UM $75K Business Plan Competition Opens

Booz Allen Colloquium Series Announced

Espy-Wilson Selected For ADVANCE Program

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UMD, Tenable Announce Cybersecurity Partnership

D.C. Area Tops in Job Growth

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State Ranked Highly in Technology and Science Index

"The Physics of Scotch Tape"

Rebois Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Green Wins Entrepreneurship Education Competition

$50k for Solar Decathlon Team

Schaler Earns Prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Cumings, Seog Win NSF CAREER Awards for Nanotech

Md. Schools #1 for Third Year in a Row

Liu Inducted as ISI Highly Cited Researcher

Gov. O'Malley Taps Wachsman for Clean Energy Board

UM Rises Again Among Best Values

Lloyd Leads Program for Community College Faculty

ChBE Alumna Encourages Clark School Grads to Set Sail

Media Coverage

The Kansas City Star features an alumna of the Hillman Program.

Eric Pritchard (B.S. '63, math, and M.S. '68, electrical engineering) is profiled for his work on amplifiers.

Herndon nightclub belonging to Dewey Yen (B.S. '85, electrical engineering) takes off.

Helmut Guenschel (B.S. '62, civil engineering) profiled for small biz success in Baltimore (Pics 9-11)

Antonio Witt (B.S. '09, mechanical engineering) helped his company win the World Trade Center Institute's 2011 International Business Leadership Award.

Matthew Stiene (M.S. '10, fire protection engineering) pens an article on solar power to aid emergency response for Firehouse Magazine.

The Philadelphia Enquirer interviews Michael Pecht about the NASA Toyota study.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: FPE's Vincent Brannigan praises Atlanta firefighters responding to a fiery crash.

WUSA 9 and the Associated Press report on the Maryland Cybersecurity Center's partnership with Tenable.

The Washington Post profiles MSE graduate student Mark Kujawski and his idea for a new snow-melting technology.

Igor Smolyaninov shows New Scientist how to cook up "quantum foam."

Prof. Uzi Vishkin calls for a "radical redesign" of computers in PC World.

The Huffington Post remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts including alumna Judith Resnik (Ph.D. '77, electrical engineering).

New Scientist gives Evan Ulrich's monocopter a spin.

The Akron Beacon Journal remembers Judith Resnik '77.

MIT's Technology Review features Igor Smolyaninov and his quantum foam.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer revisits an article about Judth Resnik '77 on the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel's Jewel Barlow weighs in on mysterious noises in Cheverly, Md., on WAMU. (opens RealMedia file)

The Baltimore Sun covers Martek's success, and how Mtech helped.

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