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Clark School Ranked 11th Worldwide

The Clark School rose two spots to #11 in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities list of top engineering, technology and computer science schools. The ranking, created by the Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is based on quality of research. Among all public university programs, the Clark School was ranked 8th.

Clark School Student Team Sets New U.S. Flight Records at 11.4 Seconds

GameraThe National Aeronautic Association has certified that on July 13, 2011, the human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's A.James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, achieved lift-off and hovered for 11.4 seconds, setting the new U.S. records for flight duration and flight duration by a female pilot.

Milke, Dolan and Santos Honored for Advising

Students and staff have recognized three individuals at the Clark School for their student advising efforts. Jim Milke, chair of fire protection engineering, received the 2010-2011 Provost's Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year award. Jenna Dolan, director for undergraduate advising and academic support, received the 2010-2011 Provost's Professional Academic Advisor of the Year Award. Al Santos, director of student services in civil and environmental engineering, received the Board of Regents University System of Maryland Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic Environment.

TerpsRacing Team in Top 5

The Terps Racing Formula SAE team finished in fourth place at the national 2011 Formula SAE California competition. Here is how the team performed in some of the various categories:

  • Endurance Race: 2nd
  • Dynamic Events Overall (autocross, skidpad, acceleration and endurance): 2nd
  • Autocross: 3rd
  • Skidpad: 4th

Great Expectations Spotlight: DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering

DeWalt DonationDeWALT donated $12,000 in tools to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in an impromptu ceremony last month. A specially marked DeWALT truck arrived in the parking lot of Glenn L. Martin Hall on the morning of the 20th, where DeWALT representatives along with engineering students unloaded a sizable collection of tools that included power drills, power saws, portable tool kits, work benches, and much more.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: Flashback: UM Solar Car Team

Solar CarBefore there was Gamera, there was the Pride of Maryland. Alumnus Paul J. Hickey (B.S. '93, mechanical engineering, and M.Eng. '11, sustainable energy) shared with us several videos about the efforts of the UM Solar Car team in the early 1990s. In addition to Hickey, several other Clark School alumni were on the team, including current Clark School staff members Jim Zahniser (B.S. '93, mechanical engineering; director of Engineering Information Technology) and Dale Morey (B.S. '92. mechanical engineering; faculty research assistant in Engineering Information Technology). Have fun watching the videos of the team prepping for the race, driving in the competition and the press attention that they enjoyed.

Nominations, Please: 2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus/Alumna Award

Each year, the Clark School of Engineering is proud to present the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus or Alumna Award at the Alumni Association Awards Gala. You are invited to nominate an engineering alumnus/alumna who exemplifies the bold visions, bright future and new directions that make them a proud reflection of the leadership that is nurtured and grown at Maryland. See the list of past recipients, learn about our most recent honoree, and learn how to nominate exceptional Clark School graduates for this prestigious award: http://www.eng.umd.edu/alumni/distinguished-award. Nomination deadline is September 1, 2011. For more information, contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations, at 301.405.2150 or email josey@umd.edu.

8th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament, September 14

Come out for an afternoon of fun and networking with your friends and fellow alumni at the 8th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament. All are invited -- Alumni, corporate partners, contractors and/or non-alumni who want to stay connected. Shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. followed by an awards banquet and silent auction. The food is delicious and our silent auction items are always popular. Register online by August 30 at www.alumni.umd.edu/2011ClarkSchoolGolfTournament or contact Gregg Wollard '89 or Dan Fallon '05 at clarkalumnigolf@gmail.com for additional information.

Hartford-Area Alumni, Save the Date!

Clark School alumni in the Hartford, Conn., area are invited to attend a networking event at the Connecticut Convention Center in conjunction with the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference on Thursday, October 13. Watch your email for more details about this event and how to RSVP.

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Thanks to Corporate Partner Bechtel 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!

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Alumni Notes

Each month, we randomly select a name from Alumni Notes to win a Clark School t-shirt. This month's winner is William Harper! Don't miss your chance to win the next t-shirt—send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Kenneth Bell (B.S. '74, M.S. '77 and Ph.D. '83, civil engineering) has been named a Bechtel Fellow. He is corporate manager of geotechnical and hydraulic engineering services for Bechtel Power Corporation.

Kimberly Brown (M.S. '98 and Ph.D. '05, chemical engineering) received the Baltimore SmartCEO Brava! Women Business Achievement Award. She is president and CEO of Amethyst Technologies, LLC in Baltimore, Md.

Brian Gallagher (B.S. '08, civil engineering) is a water resources engineer at Whitman, Requardt & Associates in Baltimore, Md.

Michael Gallagher (B.S. '83, mechanical engineering) is a senior consultant with LMI Government Consulting in McLean, Va.

William Harper (B.S. '72, chemical engineering) retired from Bechtel Power Corporation in April as chief technology officer after a 37-year career, and recently joined Shaw Group in Charlotte, N.C., as vice president and director of nuclear engineering.

Robert M. Lawrence (B.S. '56, mechanical engineering) has stepped down from the board of Wor-Wic Community College after 36 years with the organization.

Peter Jon MacUlan (M.S. '04, civil engineering) is the new commanding officer of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, based at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

Timothy Malinky (B.S. '70, mechanical engineering) was appointed to the York County (Penn.) Solid Waste Authority board.

Gregory Rusbarsky (B.S. '82, aerospace engineering) is director of the KC-46 Tanker Program at Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems in St. Louis, Mo.

Roger Snyder (M.S. '98, civil engineering) is the new manager of the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Site Office in Richland, Wash.

Adam Taff (B.S. '04, nuclear engineering) joins HF Financial in Charlotte, N.C., as a financial services professional.

Stewart Wilson (B.S. '91 and M.S. '95, electrical engineering) has introduced the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser to the market. He is director of laser technology at Palomar Medical Technologies in Burlington, Mass.

Patrick Young (B.S. '87, mechanical engineering) is an admissions academic program coordinator, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, Penn.

Kevin Yue (B.S. '02, chemical engineering) is an environmental engineer with AECOM in Columbia, Md.


Jeffrey Cheng (B.S. '04, civil engineering) married Bethany Hall in Baltimore in June.

Thomas "Buck" Stafford (B.S. '10, electrical engineering) is engaged to Julie Marie Stewart. He is vice president of productions for Electronic Technologies in Harford County, Md.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past months, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Constantine "Gus" Vlahacos (M.S. '08 and Ph.D. '10, electrical engineering).

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Slate Magazine features the diverging diamond interchange traffic pattern, dreamed up by Gilbert Chlewicki (B.S. '00, civil engineering).

Brian Roberts (M.S. '99, aerospace engineering) helps design payload on final Space Shuttle flight.

Consummate beer man Perry Hahn gets profiled by the Washington City Paper.

VIDEO: WJLA (Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate) news story on Mehdi Kalantari's bridge sensors.

Prof. Gerry Galloway is quoted on flood risk assessment in The New York Times.

Wired highlights Igor Smolyaninov's work to mimic the end of time.

VIDEO: WJLA (Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate) visits the lab of ISR researcher Cynthia Moss, who is studying the flight of bats to improve flight technology.

VIDEO: Bioengineering student and UM student body president Kaiyi Xie visits Capitol Hill (Washington Post/ABC News). Read Xie's guest blog for the Post.

VIDEO: CNN visits the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel for the testing of a propulsion system for a new type of aerial vehicle.

The Baltimore Sun covers the UM Solar Decathlon team and WaterShed house. Photo gallery. Read team members' op-ed in the Sun.

The Washington Post, Maryland Daily Record and the Associated Press cover the latest Gamera human-powered helicopter flight attempt.

AeroE Chair Mark Lewis discusses the future of human spaceflight with CNBC.

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