Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Clark School Undergrads Reap Premier National Scholarships

Over the past month, Clark School students have received numerous prestigious national honors. Mechanical engineering junior Dylan Rebois has won both a Truman Scholarship and an Udall Scholarship. Meanwhile, his fellow undergraduate students Ethan Schaler and Alexander Leishman were named Goldwater Scholarship winners.

Paley, Sunderland Win NSF CAREER Awards

Aerospace engineering's Derek Paley and fire protection engineering's Peter Sunderland have both received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards. Paley is studying the coordinated movement of schools of fish to give unmanned vehicles the same capability. Sunderland is studying the chemistry of soot in order to help designers produce cleaner, more efficient diesel and jet engines.

Clark School #22 in Graduate School Ranking

In the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings of engineering graduate schools, the Clark School placed #22 among all schools and #10 among public engineering programs.

Great Expectations Spotlight: ExxonMobil Supports Student Groups

At a luncheon earlier this semester, Clark School Corporate Partner ExxonMobil donated funds to support several student engineering societies. Presenting the checks were ExxonMobil representatives Charlie Choe (B.S. ’09, mechanical engineering), Tom Leonard and Gary Cheng. The Society of Women Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Black Engineers Society, Engineers Without Borders, and Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society were all benefactors of ExxonMobil's generosity. As a Clark School Corporate Partner, ExxonMobil has been a sponsor of the engineering school for many years. 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: Building a Solid Business

Peggy WhiteProfessional Engineer Peggy White (B.S. '84, civil engineering) is a LEED-accredited professional as well as National Association of Homebuilders Green Certified. Her company, Axiom Engineering Design, LLC, a woman-owned, full-service civil engineering firm headquartered in Columbia, Md., recently received Maryland Department of Transportation Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification. Her daughter Samantha is a sophomore in the Clark School, a Clark School Ambassador and a member of the Flexus Program. “I am proud to be a Clark School Alum and proud of where my education has taken me. I would love to become more involved with the students to share my entrepreneurial experience and to discuss the benefits of the minority program,” Peggy says. She is a lifetime member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Peggy is among the alumnae listed in the Clark School's Women's Community.

You're Invited! Engineering Sustainability Workshop, April 22

The Clark School will hold its second Sustainability Engineering Workshop: Focus on Water on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, in the Kim Engineering Building. The event will include guest and faculty speakers, faculty and student poster presentations, and a student competition. Help us explore new technologies to improve human life while preserving our resources.

Explore Your World: Maryland Day, April 24

Plan your route through Science and Tech Way on Maryland Day using this handy tool on the Maryland Day web site. Get slimed, be blown away by our wind tunnel, witness a fire tornado and more on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Bring your kids to this free event and show them the excitement of being a Clark School student.

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

Dr. Robert E. Fischell (M.S. '53, physics), chairman and president of Fischell Biomedical, LLC, will give the next Whiting-Turner Business & Entrepreneurial lecture as part of the 2010 Fischell Festival of Bioengineering on April 29 at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building lecture hall. Pradeep Kaul, president and CEO of Hughes Systique, gave the first Whiting-Turner lecture of the spring semester on April 8. Watch his lecture about the satellite communications industry online.

You’re Invited: Fischell Festival 2010, April 29

Please join us for this multi-dimensional event featuring a live telecast of a surgical procedure, research poster session, industry talks and faculty presentations. More details are available online:

Civil and Environmental Engineering to Host Kirlin Research Review Day, May 4

Join the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for Kirlin Research Review Day starting at 1 p.m. on May 4. The event will include: a talk by Secretary G. Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Institution; student research poster displays and awards; technology demonstrations; and open laboratory visits. The posters and technology demos will be held in the rotunda of the Kim Engineering Building. The Kirlin Distinguished Lecture given by Mr. G. Wayne Clough will be held in Room 1110 of the Kim Building at 4:30 p.m.

Join Us! Baltimore-Area Alumni Networking Event: May 13

Clark School alumni in the Baltimore area are invited to attend our annual 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. More information is available online. RSVP to Josey Simpson via email or by calling 301-405-2150.

The California Connection, Bay-area Alumni Networking Event: May 26

Enjoy an evening of networking and discussion featuring four of the university's deans:

  • Darryll Pines, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Norma Allewell, College of Chemical & Life Sciences
  • G. "Anand" Anandalingam, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Steve Halperin, College of Computer, Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • With Special Guest Moderator Dan Noyes '81, chief investigative reporter for ABC-7 San Franciso.

The event will be held at 6 p.m., May 26, at The Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, Calif. Additional information is available online or contact Josey Simpson via email or by calling 301.405.2150.

Need PGA Tour Tickets? We’ll Link You Up!

The University of Maryland Alumni Association invites you to walk the University of Maryland Golf Course, May 31–June 6, during the 2010 Melwood Prince George's County Open. See more than 150 players compete for the $600,000 purse. Order tickets online:

Get Involved!

Share in the legacy of former UM President Harry “Curly” Byrd, a 1908 engineering graduate, and S. Sidney Steinberg, Dean of Engineering (1936-1956), co-founders of the Clark School's alumni chapter. The chapter is looking for new members to assist with upcoming events, student activities, professional society conferences and a new mentoring program. The chapter’s Board of Directors meets bi-monthly 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

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 IBM 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 Alice Ryan! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Patrick Antkowiak (M.S. '88, electrical engineering) is the new vice president and general manager of the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division of Clark School Corporate Partner Company Northrop Grumman in Linthicum, Md.

Christopher Broderick (B.S. '96, aerospace engineering and mathematics) is the new CEO of software developer Group Logic, Inc. in Arlington, Va.

George W. Dahl (B.S. '70, mechanical engineering) is a mechanical engineer with the naval facilities at the Atlantic Division's Engineering Command in Norfolk, Va.

Navid Fanaeian (B.S. '07, electrical engineering) is an associate with DeWitt Ross & Stevens in Madison, Wisc.

Thomas W. Gardner (B.S. '86, fire protection engineering) is a principal with The Protection Engineering Group, Inc. He opened the company's Atlanta office with two other alumni, April Musser and Alex Munguia (see below).

Scott Mossberg (B.S. '00, chemical engineering) is an engineering group supervisor at Bechtel Corporation in Houston, Texas.

Alex Munguia (B.S. '06, fire protection engineering) is working with The Protection Engineering Group, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga., with fellow alumni Thomas W. Gardner (see above) and April Musser (see below).

April Musser (B.S. '01, fire protection engineering) is working with The Protection Engineering Group, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga., with fellow alumni Thomas W. Gardner and Alex Munguia (see above).

Alan Orloff (B.S. '82, mechanical engineering) publishes his first novel, Diamonds for the Dead, this month. The first book in his new series, Killer Routine, will be available in the spring of 2011.

Mario Urdaneta (Ph.D. '07, mechanical engineering) is a staff scientist at Weinberg Medical Physics in Bethesda, Md.

Norman A. Whalen (M.S. '71, environmental engineering) recently retired after 20 years with his local volunteer fire department, where he was deputy chief and a first responder. Whalen is a former fire chief and department treasurer.


Alice Ryan (B.S. '04, aerospace engineering) married David Mount in New Orleans, La., on April 10.

In Memoriam

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of Edgar B. Goode (B.S. '48, mechanical engineering), Robert T. Shives (B.S. '59, chemical engineering), William Shulman (B.S. '58, chemical engineering), Harold C. Sperry (B.S. '38, civil engineering) and Nelson Van Wie (B.S. '43, mechanical engineering).

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Connolly Honored by Baltimore Bioscience Group

Paley Wins NSF CAREER Award

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AeroE Chair Mark Lewis tells the Los Angeles Times what it's like to be the Air Force's top scientist.

The Baltimore Sun visits the CATTLab's new home in the Kim Building.

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W*USA 9 (Washington, D.C.) features the shelters Clark School students built in Haiti (with video).

WRC-TV (NBC affiliate) in Washington, D.C., also covers the efforts of Clark School students to help Haiti's earthquake victims.

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