Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

New Alumni Relations Director, Alumni Chapter President Named

Josefina Simpson, '84, has been named the Clark School's new director of alumni relations and will begin in her new post on Aug. 18. Catherine Stewart, B.S. '03, mechanical engineering, is the new president of the Clark School Engineering Alumni Chapter Board of Directors. Watch for more about Josefina and Catherine in the next e-newsletter.

Clark School Students Dominate at National Competitions

With recent victories in three national engineering competitions, Clark School students are soaring above the rest. Clark School students participated on the first-place teams at the 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition and the Formula SAE West 2008 race. Clark School undergraduate aerospace engineering students also won the NASA Revolutionary Advanced Systems Concepts - Academic Liaison (RASC-AL) student design competition last month with Project TURTLE (Terrapin Undergraduate Rover for Terrestrial Lunar Exploration).

CapWIN Links Regional First Responders

CapWIN, the nation's first multi-state transportation and public safety wireless information network, continues to grow rapidly, supported in part by $6.1 million in new Congressional earmarked funding. On July 28, this growth was showcased at a CapWIN briefing and demonstration at the Kim Engineering Building that featured Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), CapWIN officials, first responders from Maryland, Virginia and the District, and university officials.

Great Expectations: Clark School Update

New Clark School Corporate Partner Booz Allen Hamilton has made a gift to the Clark School to sponsor the Distinguished Colloquium Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the upcoming ECE Centennial Celebration, as well as to support a Capstone Design Project in ECE. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference in the Clark School’s progress, please contact Stu Stabley.

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: Break Away – Help 10 students participate in "Alternative Spring Break" – a week of community service-learning, tackling important social and civic issues around the country. In past years, students traveled to New Orleans to gut and rebuild hurricane-damaged homes. Investment: $6,000 (or $600 to send one student). For more ideas and details, please contact Darleen Lugenbuhl.

Clark School Alumni SpotlightRotorcraft Center Alumni Reunite on the Job

Gessow AlumniPictured left to right, Khanh Nguyen (Ph.D. '89), Brandon Fitchett (M.S. '07), Sandeep Gupta (Ph.D. '06) and Megan McClure (M.S. '95) are all Clark School aerospace engineering alumni who once worked in the Gessow Rotorcraft Center and now work at the same company – Clipper Windpower in Carpinteria, Calif. "We are applying our education towards wind turbine technology here," writes Fitchett. "Our interest in wind power and rotorcraft led us all here at different times and into different engineering groups. Our work is very close-knit and we all share the common link of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, which prepared us excellently for such a career path."

Blast from the Past: Help Us Uncover Clark School History

Mystery PhotoDo you recognize anyone in this photo? Send any information you have to Missy Corley. Help us identify the people in this photo and we will send you a Clark School decal for your car! You still have a chance to help us identify the people in last month's photo.

UM Technology Start-Up Boot Camp: Ignite Ideas, Shatter Barriers to Starting Your Own Company

Ignite your ideas! Interact with experts in new venture creation, grant makers, angel investors and venture capitalists. Shatter the barriers to starting your own company by learning about venture creation from the ground up, including details about safeguarding intellectual property, marketing, writing business plans and using university resources. This one-day workshop/networking event, held on September 12, 2008, is FREE to all persons with a local university affiliation. The cost for non-academic attendees is $75. View the entire agenda and register at

Register Now for ECE Centennial Weekend,
Sept. 26-27

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) will celebrate its 100th anniversary (1908-2008) with a special ECE Centennial Celebration Weekend on Sept. 26-27, 2008. Alumni are invited to: reconnect at a reception on Friday evening, Sept. 26; interact with leading experts on the future of energy and the future of information systems and communications at two forum events and the Centennial luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 27; and get inspired by visionary inventor Dean Kamen at the gala celebration and dinner on Saturday evening, Sept. 27. Limited seats available for forum events and gala. Register online now!

Register at Early Bird Prices for the Executive Education Certificate in Innovation Management Program

Early registration is now open for the University of Maryland’s Certificate in Innovation Management Program, a ground-breaking executive education initiative for entrepreneurs, small-business owners and executives in corporate venturing. The next session is October 9-10, 2008. This program, offered jointly by the Clark School and Robert H. Smith School of Business, is designed to provide the tools and framework needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape. View full course descriptions and register at

3rd Annual Project Perry Benefit Golf Tournament,
October 17

Enjoy a day of golf at the White Plains Golf Course in Southern Maryland and support the Perry Laudenslager Memorial Scholarship at the 3rd Annual Project Perry Benefit Golf Tournament on October 17. The $100 registration fee includes golf, cart, lunch and drunks. Free golf lessons will be available. Deadline to register is September 15. Call Bill Scott at (703) 946-9960 for more information or to register.

Join TerpNation!

TerpNation is a new social and career tool brought to you by the Maryland Alumni Association that replaces the Terp Alumni Network. 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 Missy Corley.

Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to new Corporate Partner Booz Allen Hamilton 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 Stu Stabley 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 the Alumni Notes featured in this e-newsletter to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winner is Gautam Roy! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Missy Corley!

Russell Anderson (B.S. '97, civil engineering) works with the Maryland State Highway Administration as project manager and transportation engineer. He recently completed his fourth year assisting with the instruction of ENCE 466, the civil engineering senior design Capstone course.

Sasan Bakhtiari (M.S. '03, electrical engineering, and M.A. '05 and Ph.D. '08, economics) will join the faculty of the economics department at the University of New South Wales (Australia).

Matthew Bishop (B.S. '97, fire protection engineering) is a fire protection engineer with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). He reports that he is one of five Clark School FPE alumni working for the company.

Benjamin Bookhultz (B.S. '05, civil engineering) was married to Victoria Smith on May 24. Benjamin is working with Carroll Engineering in Hunt Valley, Md.

Edward Bursk (B.S. '81, electrical engineering) has been named chief marketing officer of KORE Telematics.

Carlos Cruz (Ph.D. '08, aerospace engineering) is working in the combustion unit of Snecma's Space Engines Division in Foret de Vernon, France.

Peter C. D'Antonio (B.S. '91, civil engineering) is listed among Consulting and Specifying Engineer Magazine's "Forty Under 40" young professionals in the building and construction industry. Peter is founder and president of PCD Engineering Services Inc. in Boulder, Colo.

Claudio Filippone (M.S. '94 and Ph.D. '96, nuclear engineering) has been named senior director of nuclear technology analysis at Thorium Power Ltd.

Phil Friday (M.S. '00, fire protection engineering), has been named principal of Harrington Group, Inc., in Duluth, Ga.

Patricia Frounfelker (B.S. '03, biological resources engineering) was named a finalist for the Service to America Medal by the Partnership for Public Service. Patricia is an engineer with the Army Research Laboratory.

Joseph E. Gott (B.S. '81, fire protection engineering) has been installed as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He is chief engineer and director of capital improvements at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, D.C.

John W. Hopkins (M.Eng. '00, systems engineering) has taken an assignment as managing director of operations for Northrop Grumman IT in the United Kingdom.

Thomas W. Jones (B.S. '83, civil engineering) has been named chief of budget and programs for the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was in command of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center.

Pravin Kumar (B.S. '85, electrical engineering) has been appointed vice president of products and technology for

Dennis Nolan (B.S. '77, fire protection engineering) recently had his sixth book published by William Andrew Applied Science Publishers – Safety and Security Review for the Process Industry.

Michael Nusca (B.S. '82, M.S. '86 and Ph.D. '97, aerospace engineering), an aerospace engineer at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), was recently presented with the Superior Civilian Service Award and Medal by ARL Director John M. Miller (B.S. '69, aerospace engineering, and M.S. '74, mechanical engineering).

Albert Owens (B.S. '71, aerospace engineering) has retired after 30 years with the former Hughes Aircraft Co. and is currently doing consulting work.

Martin Pietrucha (Ph.D. '90, civil engineering) has been named interim director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State University.

Thomas Platt (B.S. '08, fire protection engineering) is a consultant with Global Risk Consultants in Clark, N.J.

Kurleigh Prescod (M.S. '03, telecommunications engineering) is general manager of Columbus Communications Grenada Limited in Grenada.

Robert Radicevich (B.S. '94, electrical engineering) is a spacecraft engineer with Red Canyon Software. He is interested in catching up with former UM Solar Car Team members. Please send email to Robert if you would like to connect with him.

Ana Luis Ramirez (B.S. '05, electrical engineering) is working at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems as a systems engineer.

Gautam Roy (B.S. '92, electrical engineering) is vice president of system software and an officer of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Roy received an MBA in 2001 from Northwestern University. He is also on the board of the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity in Chicago.

Karim Seddik (M.S. '07 and Ph.D. '08, electrical engineering) has accepted a position as assistant professor of electrical engineering at Alexandria University in Egypt.

Peter Stea (B.S. '82, electrical engineering) is the new president of information technology services at L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.

Michael Swallop (B.S. '07, civil engineering) is a design engineer with HMB Professional Engineers, Inc., in Nashville, Tenn.

Xiangrong Zhou (Ph.D. '08, electrical engineering) has accepted a faculty position at the University of Hawaii.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of…

Over the past two months we learned of the passing of alumni John Marshall Lloyd (B.S. '51, mechanical engineering), William Winfield Jones (B.S. '47, mechanical engineering) and Clyde E. Gartley, Jr. (B.S. '70, electrical engineering). Innovation Hall of Fame inductee Harry B. Smith (M.S. '49, electrical engineering) passed away on August 8.

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Media Coverage

Esquire features an alum's search for the source of mysterious short-wave radio communications.

ME alumna profiled by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Prof. Don Vannoy is interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio regarding the first anniversary of the I-35 bridge collapse.

U.S. News & World Report features the Clark School's "Catapult Camp."

Prof. Gerry Galloway quoted in Baltimore Sun article regarding the nation's levees.

The Chicago Tribune quotes Prof. Gerry Galloway regarding a levee controversy.

Scripps Howard News Service interviews Prof. Gerry Galloway about floodplain management.

The New York Times covers Prof. Gerry Galloway's involvement on a federal committee to review levees along the Mississippi River.

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Prof. John Cumings and Prof. Gerry Galloway in two different articles on the same day.

NPR interviews Prof. Gerry Galloway regarding the levee system along the upper Mississippi River.

Prof. John Cumings is interviewed by the Washington Post about crane collapses across the country and participates in an online chat session with Post readers.

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