Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Three Big Wins for Clark School Teams

RASC-AL TeamStudents from the Clark School's Department of Aerospace Engineering have captured top honors in three different competitions: 1. FIRST PLACE: 27th Annual American Helicopter Society (AHS) Student Design Competition (Graduate category); 2. FIRST PLACE: NASA's 2010 Exploration Systems Mission Directorate MOONTASKS Competition; 3. FIRST PLACE: In the largest Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) field of all time, a Clark School-Arizona State University team won the undergraduate division for their project, "Robotic Assist Vehicle for Extraterrestrial Navigation (RAVEN)."

Clark School Baja Team Tops in U.S.

Baja TeamA team of Clark School mechanical engineering students recently competed in the 2010 Baja SAE Carolina competition at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. They placed fourth overall and first out of the U.S. teams. Learn more about the TerpsRacing team by visiting their web site.

Engineers Without Borders Chapter Honored

Engineers Without BordersThe National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has recognized the UM chapter of Engineers Without Borders for its work in Burkina Faso. The award specifically applies to the work the chapter did on a solar battery-recharge project.

Ehrman Appointed Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Sheryl EhrmanProfessor Sheryl Ehrman has been appointed chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her term begins August 23. Ehrman replaces Professor F. Joseph Schork, who retired at the end of June.

Great Expectations Spotlight: SAIC Supports Mtech Programs

SAIC has provided $200,000 in the past two years to support Mtech's programs. This is the second year the company has funded the SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition. Prof. Carol Espy-Wilson's OmniSpeech LLC, a company developing technology that mimics human perception to make speech clear in cellular and related communications, won $50,000 in this year's competition. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships, fellowships, competitions and student activities, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Two Alumni Recognized for Engineering Work

Lew BrodeLew Brode (B.S. '94, mechanical engineering; pictured) and Dunstan Macauley (B.S. '02, mechanical engineering) recently were named among Consulting & Specifying Engineer's 2010 40 Under 40. Lew is senior vice president and branch manager of consulting engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen Inc.'s Rockville, Md., office, which is working on UM’s new University Village dormitory complex. Dunstan is designing an environmentally sealed chamber to protect the American flag at the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Thanks to Our ABET Survey Participants

Todd StevensWe would like to thank the 280 Clark School alumni who completed the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accreditation survey. Participants received a Clark School window cling to display their pride and were entered to win a limited-edition Clark School Oxford shirt. Congrats to our lucky winner, Todd Stevens (B.S. ’05, mechanical engineering).

Join Us! Maryland Robotics Day, September 10

Attend Maryland Robotics Day on September 10 to learn about robotics research at the university, visit the robotics labs and see robots in action. There will be plenty of time to talk with robotics faculty, students and others about research, possible future collaborations and student recruiting. Complimentary lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by the new Maryland Robotics Center within the Institute for Systems Research at the Clark School. Registration is free. Register and learn more about Maryland Robotics Day online.

You're Invited: CEO@Smith, September 14

Mayo Shattuck, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Clark School Corporate Partner Company Constellation Energy, will give a CEO@Smith lecture at the Robert H. Smith School of Business on September 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Van Munching Hall's Frank Auditorim. The lecture will be followed by a reception with pizza for all attendees. For more information, visit the Smith School web site.

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

Join us September 24 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. Register and learn more about tournament sponsorships online. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Clark School students. If you would like to assist the Alumni Chapter Board with the tournament, please contact Josey Simpson.

Celebrate 2010's Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee and Sirius Satellite Radio Co-Founder Robert Briskman '61

Robert Briskman (M.S. '61, electrical engineering) will be inducted into the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame on October 21 for his innovations in satellite communications technologies. The ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Innovation Hall of Fame in the Kim Engineering Building. Following the ceremony, the Clark School will hold its annual White Symposium on Engineering Innovation at 5 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend both events.

Join Us: Fall 2010 Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

Current UM President C. Dan Mote, Jr., will deliver the first Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture of the Fall 2010 semester on November 4 at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall. One week later, U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) will deliver the next lecture in the series at 5 p.m. on November 11. Stay tuned for more details in future e-newsletters and visit the lecture series web site for more information.

Introducing the miniMBA2.0 Certificate Program

The miniMBA2.0 Certificate Program will update your expertise and give you a competitive edge in today’s on-demand 24/7, Web 2.0 world. Participants complete three core courses and two elective courses to earn the distinct qualification of a certificate from the UM’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. UM alumni will receive a discount by using the code 'minimbaalums' at checkout on the registration site.

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 Northrop Grumman 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 Stewart Levy! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.

Douglas Cameron (B.S. '84, electrical engineering) is the new commanding officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka, Alaska.

Andrew E. Fisher (B.S. '09, aerospace engineering) is a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., in Belcamp, Md.

Col. Edward R. Fleming (M.S. '98, civil engineering) is the new district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.

Xiao-Jiang (James) Du (M.S. '02 and Ph.D. '03, electrical engineering) was promoted to associate professor at Temple University.

Haejin Kim (M.S. '03 and Ph.D. '09, civil engineering) has been promoted to director of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Research Laboratory in College Park, Md.

Stewart J. Levy (B.S. '84, fire protection engineering) is government services manager at Fire and Life Safety America in Hanover, Md.

Matthew P. Morse (B.S. '09, fire protection engineering) is a fire protection engineer at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nicholas Naclerio (Ph.D. '87, electrical engineering) is senior vice president for corporate development at Illumina, Inc., in San Diego. Illumnia provides tools for DNA, RNA and protein analysis.

Quynh Nguyen (Ph.D. '03, chemical engineering) was awarded a fellowship to attend the World Nuclear University's 2010 Summer Institute, held at Christ Church College, University of Oxford, England.

Olalekan Olamide (M.S. '03, civil engineering) has been promoted to vice president of environmental, geotechnical and cultural resources engineering firm ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC, in Waldorf, Md.

C. Pat Shuster (B.S. '74, electrical engineering) has been appointed vice president of operations and compliance at China Wireless in Los Gatos, Calif.

Xiaobo Tan (M.S. '99 and Ph.D. '02, electrical engineering) has been promoted to associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University.

Eric (Ming) Yang (M.S. '96, civil engineering) is a senior technology process engineer with international media company Pearson in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Two Big Wins for Clark School Teams

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Baeder Named 2010 Engineer of the Year

Lewis to Participate in Hypersonic Tech Event

NRC Funds Development of New Grad-Level Corrosion Courses

RASC-AL "Three-peat" for Clark School

Clark School Baja Team Tops in U.S.

JaJa Named Interim VP and CIO

Engineers Without Borders Chapter Honored

Kim Inducted into UM's Alumni Hall of Fame

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Prof. Carol Espy-Wilson is profiled in The Washington Post.

AeroE Chair Mark Lewis comments on what it's like to be the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force in Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine.

The Washington Post covers the buzz in the Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory.

UM Pres. Mote (a Clark School professor) pens a letter to the editor in the Maryland Daily Record about the UM-Lockheed strategic relationship.

The Toronto Globe & Mail features the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel.

The Associated Press covers how the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel is used in fuel-efficiency research.

Student featured in The Baltimore Sun for coast-to-coast bicycle ride to benefit cancer research.

AeroE Chair Mark Lewis quoted in New Scientist regarding NASA's rocket-building plans.

Wired covers mechanical engineering visiting professor Alex Severinsky's settlement with Toyota.

United Press International story on "smart" metal that can improving cooling efficiency.

AeroE Chair Mark Lewis quoted by WUSA 9 online regarding naval laser tests.

The Washington Post features UMERC Director Eric Wachsman, who is leading a green-building competition team.

The Baltimore Sun covers a $500,000 grant for more effective cooling systems.

Nuclear Engineering Program Director Mohammed Modarres writes a letter to the editor on global power in The Washington Times.

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