Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Clark School Students Take Off

Ten Clark School aerospace engineering students have won the prestigious 2011 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship. Clark School students made up more than half of the awardees. The VFF award winners will be honored at the AHS 67th Annual Forum & Technology Display banquet, which will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach.

Pines Elected to Engineering Deans Council Board

Clark School Dean Darryll Pines has been elected to serve on the Engineering Deans Council (EDC) Executive Board. The EDC is one of the leadership organizations of the American Society for Engineering Education, a non-profit organization which brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering and engineering technology fields to collaborate on solutions to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice.

Gessow Rotorcraft Center Among Jensen Honorees

Members of the Smart Structures Laboratory of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland, along with collaborators at Boeing, the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Honeywell, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, have won the 2011 Harry T. Jensen Award by the American Helicopter Society for an outstanding contribution to the improvement of vertical flight aircraft reliability, maintainability, and/or safety through improved design brought to fruition during the preceding year.

"It's Not Too Late"

The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series opened with a special talk by Vint Cerf, chief internet evangelist at Google, on Thursday, April 7, in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Rotunda. Seating was filled to capacity, with more than 200 guests from industry, government, and the university attending Cerf's talk, titled "Can We Make the Internet Safer?"

Great Expectations Spotlight: Alum Gives Gift of Games

Jason CallenderCareer fairs usually offer students the opportunity for formal interactions with visiting recruiters, but rarely provide a fun and open environment for comfortable conversation. That is why Jason Callender (B.S. '09, electrical engineering) was inspired to start ECE Casino Night, a student-employer networking event that combines casino games with career development, for his fellow electrical and computer engineering students. With assistance from the department, donated prizes from vendors, and sponsorships from participating employers, the event became a reality, and is the highlight of the year for many students. Callender recently made a generous donation of $500 to support the event he started as a sophomore. 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: Mardirossian is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

MardirossianThe Clark School has honored Aris Mardirossian (B.S. '74 and M.S. '75, mechanical engineering) with its 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award for his entrepreneurial spirit. Mardirossian holds several dozen patents for technologies ranging from satellite traffic control to a land mine disarming system.

Explore Your World: Maryland Day, April 30

Join the University of Maryland in a celebration of our diverse world on Maryland Day. 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:

Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture, May 5

MostafaJoin us at 5 p.m. on May 5 for this semester's Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture by Asghar Mostafa, founder of Entourage Systems, Inc. The title of his talk is "Ideas for Starting Up Your Company." This lecture will take place in the Kim Building.

Baltimore-Area Alumni Networking Event, May 12

Clark School alumni in the Baltimore area are invited to attend the annual networking event at the Engineer's Club in downtown Baltimore. This popular gathering is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. RSVP online at For more information, contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations, at 301-405-2150 or email

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

Raffle tickets are available online for $10 each or three 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 BAE Systems 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 S. Thomas Smith! Don't miss your chance to win the next t-shirt--send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Gordon England (B.S. '61, electrical engineering), president of E6 Partners LLC and the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense, has joined the USO Board of Governors.

Andrew M. Forbes (M.Eng. '10, project managment) has received the 2010 Young Engineer of the Year award from the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers (MDSPE). He serves as the secretary on the board of directors for MDSPE.

Kiran Hebbar (M.S. '96, mechanical engineering) has been promoted to general partner at venture capital firm Valhalla Partners in Vienna, Va.

Randy Rabenhorst (M.S. '82, chemical engineering) is a principal at Nexant, an independent consultancy to the global chemicals and plastics industry, in White Plains, N.Y.

S. Thomas Smith (B.S. '82, fire protection engineering) has received his professional engineering license in the State of Maryland.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Emile Joseph Daigle Jr. (B.S. '55, electrical engineering).

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