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UM, Lockheed Martin Launch Strategic Relationship

The University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin Corporation opened a major new chapter in their more than 60-year history with the announcement of a new strategic relationship between the two institutions. The agreement provides for work in three key areas: Centers of Collaboration, Joint Pursuit of Business Opportunities, and Enhanced Research and Development. The initial Lockheed Martin commitment is a minimum of $1 million per year for three years. Patrick O'Shea, chair of the Clark School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as initial senior relationship lead along with Bruno Evans of Lockheed Martin.

UM and National Cancer Institute Join Forces

University of Maryland and A. James Clark School of Engineering researchers with sought-after expertise in computational biology, bioengineering, physics and math—including Fischell Department of Bioengineering Professor and Chair William Bentley—are a part of a new agreement that establishes the Collaborative Research and Graduate Partnership Program in Cancer Technology between the University of Maryland and the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Kim Inducted into UM's Alumni Hall of Fame

Clark School alumnus, benefactor and professor of the practice Jeong H. Kim (Ph.D. '91, reliability engineering) was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Association's Hall of Fame this past weekend. Kim was honored for his business acumen, innovations and entrepreneurship.

Meet Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Development for Corporations and Foundations

Jennifer SchwartzJennifer Leed Schwartz has joined the Clark School’s Office of External Relations as the director of development for corporations and foundations. Jennifer is working to strengthen relationships with institutional funders in support of the Clark School’s crucial scholarship, professorship, facilities and program goals through the Great Expectations campaign and the Corporate Partners program. Previously, she spent the majority of her career in the performing arts field, including at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center. To discuss ways your company can partner with the Clark School, contact Jennifer via email or by phone at 301-405-8289.

Better Cell Phones, Web-Based Prescriptions Vie for UM $75K Biz Plan Award

The Clark School's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) has announced the winners of the University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition. Winners were selected from nine finalists who presented their venture concepts to judges from the startup venture community in three categories: high technology, biotechnology, and undergraduate. Three teams also received Warren Citrin Social Impact Awards.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Students Unite to Keep Peers at Maryland

Keep Me Maryland, a fundraising initiative launched last year by the University of Maryland in response to a growing need for emergency financial aid, received a boost of $44,700, thanks to Maryland students and two generous and dedicated donors. The Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Department of Dining Services and The Maryland Fund for Excellence, spearheaded a meal plan funds donation drive to raise money for students and their families who might be struggling due to the economy. 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: Orbital Sciences Team

Lift-OffSeveral Clark School alumni were there when NASA held a successful pad-abort test for the Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) on May 6. The following individuals are all Clark School alumni who worked on the Orbital Sciences Corporation team that designed and developed the LAS:

Mark Arend (M.S. '09, aerospace engineering)
Ken Bocam (B.S. '87 and M.S. '96, mechanical engineering)
Kate Castell (B.S. '04, aerospace engineering)
Mike Chiville (B.S.'76, electrical engineering)
Michael Collins (B.S. '01, aerospace engineering)
Todd Herrmann (B.S. '02 and M.S. '06, aerospace engineering)
Cian Kelly (B.S. '03, aerospace engineering)
Ryan Leo (B.S. '03, aerospace engineering)
Marty Sterba (B.S. '76, electrical engineering)

Watch video of the test online.

Volunteers Needed: 7th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing, September 24

Come out for a morning of fun and networking with your friends and fellow alumni at the 7th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing at the UM Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. followed by an awards luncheon and silent auction. If you would like to assist the Alumni Chapter Board in planning this tournament, please contact Josey Simpson. Watch this space for more details!

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 LGS Innovations 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 Brian Harkless! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Harold Arnold (M.S. '92, systems engineering) published the book Marriage ROCKS for Christian Couples.

John R. Bell (B.S. '69, fire protection engineering) is a fire protection engineer with Dale Moeller & Associates in Richland, Wash.

Steven Bullock (Ph.D. '03, materials science and engineering) is a materials engineer senior staff member with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale, Calif.

Timothy J. Cole (B.S. '85, mechanical engineering) is a senior mechanical engineer for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory after working for 21 years at Swales Aerospace/ATK. He worked on each of the five Hubble Telescope servicing missions.

Richard W. Decker (B.S. '81, mechanical engineering) retired from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at the end of April. He was the center's technical director.

Dennis C. Drehmel (B.S. '65 and Ph.D. '69, chemical engineering) is an adjunct professor in North Carolina State University's crop science department working on plant chemistry.

Erik Ebersole (B.S. '88, chemical engineering) gave the commencement address at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College last month. He is general manager of Gulbrandsen Chemicals in Orangeburg, S.C.

Howard C. "Skip" Harclerode II (B.S. '70 and M.S. '71, chemical engineering) was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009 and became a fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers this year.

Brian James Harkless (M.S. '97, aerospace engineering) is an aerospace engineer wtih the U.S. Navy in Patuxent River, Md., where he is developing bonded and composite solutions for current and future air vehicles.

Shenqiang Ren (Ph.D. '09, materials science and engineering), formerly advised by Professor Manfred Wuttig, received a 2009 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.

Richard Stamper (Ph.D. '97, mechanical engineering) has been appointed interim associate dean for professional experiences at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Maeling Tapp (B.S. '08, materials science and engineering) has been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Janie Tiedeman (B.S. '88 and M.S. '90, civil engineering) has been promoted to group leader of the environmental and transportation planning division in the Hunt Valley office of URS Corp.

Mark B. Tischler (BS ’78 and MS ’79, aerospace engineering) received the 2009 Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Senior Professional from the Senior Executive Service.


Catherine Stewart (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering) and her husband, Raleigh Stewart (B.S. '04, mechanical engineering) announce the birth of their daughter Sabrina Carolyn. Catherine is immediate past-president of the Clark School's alumni chapter board.

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