Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Alumni Association Honors Fischell, Park and Duong

Fischell Department of Bioengineering benefactor Robert E. Fischell (M.S. '53, physics) and Clark School chemical engineering alumni Chan-Mo Park (M.S. '64, Ph.D. '69) and Anh N. Duong (B.S. '82) will be honored at this year's Alumni Association Awards Gala. Fischell is the recipient of the 2009 President's Distinguished Alumnus Award, Park will receive the Alumni Association's International Alumnus Award and Duong is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.

Clark School Sweeps Invention Awards

The UM Office of Technology Commercialization has named three projects by Clark School professors as this year's top UM inventions. Thin-film batteries, nano-velcro bandages and a key exchange system for secure online transactions were all recognized.

Russ Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Fischell Department of Bioengineering sophomore Zachary Russ has been awarded a 2009-2010 Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national award granted to undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering who are interested in research careers.

Black Engineers Society Chapter Nationally Recognized

The National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) has named the Clark School's Black Engineers Society chapter the 2008-2009 National Distinguished Chapter of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual NSBE conference in Las Vegas.

Professional Masters of Engineering Graduates 1000

The Professional Master of Engineering Program is celebrating the graduation of its 1000th student this spring with a networking reception and dinner on June 12th at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.

Alumni Help Students Explore Careers

Career DayThe Engineering Graduate Student Council would like to thank the following alumni who participated as panelists at Career Day last month, which benefited students exploring potential careers and those interested in a particular career path: Catherine Stewart (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering; from Constellation Energy), Dan Gilfrich (BA '06, government and politics; from Clark Construction), Stephanie Tan (B.S. '05, computer engineering; from IBM), Nargess Memarsadeghi (B.S. '01, M.S. '04 and Ph.D. '07, computer science; from NASA) and Kevin Genson (B.S. '05, mechanical engineering; from the U.S. Navy).

You’re Invited: Whiting-Turner Lecture, April 21

Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the United States, will deliver the next Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial lecture, "Innovation in Medical Technology," as part of the 3rd Annual Fischell Festival of Bioengineering on April 21. The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. in the Kim Building lecture hall. Video of the April 2nd lecture by Hooman Radfar, founder and CEO of Clearspring Technologies, is available online.

You're Invited! Engineering Sustainability Engineering Workshop, April 22

The Clark School will hold its first Engineering Sustainability Workshop on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, in the Kim Engineering Building. The event will include guest and faculty speakers, faculty and student poster presentations and a student video competition. Dawn Rittenhouse, director of sustainable development at DuPont, will deliver the keynote lecture—“Making Sustainability Engineering Profitable for DuPont.” Help us explore new technologies to improve human life while preserving our resources.

Join Us! Maryland Day: April 25

Join the University of Maryland in a celebration of our diverse world on Maryland Day. Visit the link below to learn more 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

New York City Alumni Event Cancelled

We regret that the Clark School alumni event scheduled for April 28 in New York City area has been cancelled. Stay tuned for details about future events in that area.

Baltimore-Area Alumni: Meet Dean Darryll Pines, May 14!

Clark School alumni in the Baltimore area are invited to attend a reception with the Clark School's new dean, Darryll Pines. This event will be held at the Engineer's Club in downtown Baltimore at 6 p.m. on May 14. Also learn about the perfect golf ball and have your golf swing analyzed. To RSVP for this event, please send email to or call 301-405-3870.

Save the Date! Clark School of Engineering Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing, September 23

Come out for an afternoon of fun and networking with your friends and fellow alumni at the 6th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing and Banquet at the newly-renovated UM Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 2 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will immediately follow. If you would like to assist the Alumni Chapter Board in planning this tournament, please contact Josey Simpson.

Great Expectations: Siwak Awarded ARCS Fellowship

Nathan Siwak, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering and the Institute for Systems Research, has won a 2009 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship. The ARCS fellowship offers student recipients a renewable award of $15K per year. The award is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the ARCS Foundation, Inc. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships and fellowships, please contact Leslie Borak.

Creative Ways to Give

Want to directly assist student programs with your gift? Visit the Clark School's new Creative Ways to Give web site for ideas like this one: Keep It Going (and Going and Going) – Buy batteries for an Engineers Without Borders solar-powered energy system. Investment: $3,000. For more ideas and details, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight
Alumnus Goes Green

David KlocknerDavid Klockner (B.S. '85, civil engineering) has worked at Clark Construction on projects such as Reston Town Center, The Watergate Hotel renovation, the renovation of Byrd Stadium and Waterfront Park in Norfolk, Va. With his concentration in environmental engineering and construction management, his career turned towards energy in the mid-1990s. In 2006, he co-founded ENERActive Solutions, a full-service energy consulting and project development company. They have recently opened an office in Maryland to help commercial customers tackle their growing energy bills.

Blast from the Past: Help Us Uncover Clark School HistoryNew Prize for Participating!

Mystery PhotoDo you recognize anyone in this photo? Send any information you have to Missy Corley. The first three people to help us identify the people pictured will receive a Clark School t-shirt! Thank you to Albert van Overeem (B.S. '91, civil engineering), who identified himself in last month's photo along with Matt Miltenburg, Prof. Don Vannoy, Stacey Hart (B.S. '92, civil engineering), Mark Nosal (B.S. '91, civil engineering) and Shelly van Overeem (B.S. '91, civil engineering). Ryan Smith also recognized the van Overeems along with Vannoy and Bob O'Berry.

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!

Help Us Tell Prospective Female Students About the Clark School

In an effort to interest more women in entering the field of engineering, the Clark School has created a new section of its web site, called The Women’s Community, to feature our excellent female faculty, staff, alums and students. If you’re an alumna, please contact Missy Corley about adding your name and career highlights to the site. Your example may inspire a young woman to explore engineering.

Update Your Personal Information

Stay in touch with the Clark School by making sure we know how to reach you with announcements, news and more. Visit the Alumni Association web site to update your preferred contact information or contact Josey Simpson.

Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to Corporate Partner Bechtel 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 Casey Fitzpatrick! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson!

Patrick M. Antkowiak (M.S. '88, electrical engineering) was promoted to vice president of strategy and capability in electronic systems by Northrop Grumman.

Jerod Buckel (B.S. '97, chemical engineering) is a software architect with CA, Inc. in Islandia, N.Y.

Marc Butler (B.S. '93, mechanical engineering) is a patent agent with Nixon Peabody, LLP.

Rich Clements (B.S. '81, chemical engineering) is the new vice president and general manager of Paratherm Corporation.

Giovanni Coratolo (B.S. '71, electrical engineering) has been named vice president of small business policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Michael J. Dellapa (B.S. '92, mechanical engineering) is director of alternative investment strategies at Rydex Variable Trust.

Casey Fitzpatrick (B.S. '03, civil engineering, MEng. '07) recently passed the Professional Engineering licensing exam and is working with Mercado Consultants. He has worked on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project in Dulles, Va.

Steven Fletcher (B.S. '08, fire protection engineering) is a fire protection engineer with the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Eric Howell (B.S. '92, electrical engineering) was recognized by the Society of Hospital Medicine with its Excellence in Teaching Award. Howell is the director of the hospitalist division and for hospital care for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Stephen Kerber (B.S. '03 and M.S. '05, fire protection engineering) is deputy chief and training officer for the College Park Volunteer Fire Department as well as a fire research engineer with the corporate research division of Underwriters Laboratories.

Emin Kutay (M.S. '02 and Ph.D. '05, civil engineering) won the American Society of Civil Engineers Wellington Award, along with co-author Prof. Ahmet Aydilek, for their paper, "Dynamic Effects on Moisture Transport in Asphalt Concrete."

Daniel Markus (B.S. '06, chemical engineering) is engaged to Emily Singer (B.A. '06 and M.A. '08, hearing and speech sciences).

Juan Mata-Sandoval (Ph.D. '00, civil engineering) is director general for Secretarma de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales in Mexico.

Michael McKeehan (B.S. '83, electrical engineering) has been named to the technology working group of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He is Verizon's executive director of Internet and technology policy.

Gary Meyers (B.S. '86, electrical engineering) is the vice president and general manager for Synopsis Inc.'s Synplicity Business Group.

Ehsan "Essi" Najafi (B.S. '03, electrical engineering) has founded Global Engineering Solutions, an engineering, program management and construction management firm. Previously, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Kent D. Nelson (MEng. '05) has been nominated by the National Society of Professional Engineers as its 2009 representative to New Faces in Engineering.

James Pickett (B.S. '95, mechanical engineering) has been promoted to southeast vice president of RWD Technologies, LLC.

Robert A. Pugh, Jr. (B.S. '58, electrical engineering) has retired from Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon after more than 36 years.

Gordon B. Richman (B.S. '84, chemical engineering) has been named vice president of regulatory affairs for Masimo Corporation in Irvine, Calif.

Paul Robertson (B.S. '79, engineering; M.S. '81, nuclear engineering) is working for Bechtel Marine Propulstion Corporation.

Andrew A. Twarowski (B.S. '78, chemical engineering) has been named manager of FMC Corporation's Agricultural Products Group.

In Memoriam

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of alumnus Andrew Stephen Griffith (B.S. '77, civil engineering) and Frederick Yates Ward (B.S. '54, civil engineering).

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Aero Studetns Dominate at AIAA

Clearspring CEO Speaks at Clark School

Aydilek, Kutay Win ASCE Wellington Award

Clark School Sweeps OTC Awards

Fischell, Alumni to Be Honored

Fischell Undergrads Dominate Bioethics Contest

Behrens Wins Student Research Award

Fischell Undergrad Among Md.'s Top Women

Parag Banerjee Wins Presidential Student Award

Johnson Elected IBE Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Cover Features Ghodssi

BES Chapter Nationally Recognized

Russ Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Milner, Davis Lead $1M USAF Grant

Siwak Awarded ARCS Fellowship

ME Grad Student Receives Fellowship Award

ME Senior Wins Prestigious Research Awards

Shapiro Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

NanoCenter Improves Energy Storage Options

Liu Selected for IEEE Panel

Clark School Faculty Win DoD Awards

Schultz Honored by SAE

Media Coverage

The Richmond Times-Dispatch covers the gubernatorial appointment of a Clark School alum.

Alumnus Grev interviewed about his entrepreneurship activities.

Reuters video features the work of Prof. Elias Balaras to build a better golf ball.

The New York Post features the golf-ball research of Prof. Elias Balaras.

Video interview with materials science and engineering's Prof. Ichiro Takeuchi regarding a lead replacement for electronics.

The Washington Post features an obituary for Professor Emeritus Hung C. "Jimmy" Lin.

MIT's Technology Review highlights Mtech participant Zymetis.

MIT's Technology Review covers the NanoCenter's work on energy storage.

New Scientist features Gary Rubloff's work on nanocapacitors.

Washington, D.C.'s News Channel 8 and NBC affiliate cover a new type of aircraft undergoing air-flow tests at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel as part of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program.

TAP graduate AnthroTronix is featured in The Washington Post.

TAP participant Zymetis is profiled by WAMU (Washington, D.C., NPR station).

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