Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

An Exceptional Year for Rankings

In the 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey the Clark School's undergraduate program ranked 19th among all engineering schools. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Clark School placed 13th worldwide. In a Wall Street Journal survey of U.S. recruiters, the Clark School placed 3rd. Read all about it online.

Hundreds Flock to See Robots in Action on Campus

MD Robotics DayOrganizers of the first Maryland Robotics Day, Sept. 10, learned something very important along the way: Robots are popular. Very popular! Maryland Robotics Day was the kickoff event for the Maryland Robotics Center, formed earlier this year by the Clark School, and housed within the Institute for Systems Research.

Launching a Tech Start-Up? This is the Place.

Engineering@Maryland MagazineThe fall 2010 issue of E@M Magazine details the extensive resources available to tech entrepreneurs in the federal region—starting with the Clark School's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute.

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. (see below). All alumni are invited to attend both events.

"Search and Rescue, War Reporting, Hurricane Tracking and Rock and Roll in the Satellite Age," White Symposium, October 21

Join us for the White Symposium on Engineering Innovation following the induction of Robert Briskman '61 into the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame. Learn about the benefits of satellite technology from teenage sailor Abby Sunderland, journalist Jamie McIntyre, Abigail Harper of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and legendary DJ "Cousin Brucie." The symposium will take place in the Kim Building rotunda at 5 p.m. October 21.

University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp, October 22

Open the door to opportunity! Whether you have an idea, an early stage venture or just want to learn how to start a company, the UM Technology Start-Up Boot Camp is full of opportunities for you. The Boot Camp is an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about how to launch and grow new ventures, headlined by leaders of this region’s entrepreneurial community.

Join us on the National Mall for the Inaugural U.S. Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24

Several Clark School faculty members and students will participate in this national event in Washington, D.C. Come downtown to see exhibits and performances involving guitars, robotic neurosurgery, lunar rovers, electricity and more! Details about the event are available online.

Save the Date! Women in Engineering Networking Reception, October 27

Meet and network with alumnae and friends of the Clark School and learn about ways to advance the school's Women in Engineering program. The event will take place in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Rotunda from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27. For event and registration information, please contact Bria McElroy at or (301) 405-3283.

Homecoming Backyard Bash, October 30

Celebrate with fellow Terps at the Maryland Alumni Association's Backyard Bash at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's Moxley Gardens, complimentary for alumni association members. Thanks to our valued partner, GEICO, the event will feature tailgate fare, beverages and live music provided by the winner of the Battle of the Bands Contest. Reunite with former classmates and friends at this all-inclusive party before cheering on our Maryland Terrapins against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Be sure to carry your membership card on Homecoming 2010 for complimentary entrance to this Terrapin celebration! Register online for this event.

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

Former 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.

Save the Date! Northrop Grumman Alumni: Join us on December 1

The Clark School will host a reception for all alumni working at Northop Grumman on December 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the National Electronics Museum near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Stay tuned for more details!

Great Expectations Spotlight: Stewart Named First Huskamp Award Recipient

Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) senior Jessica Stewart has been named the first recipient of the Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Endowed Bioengineering Scholarship, established in honor of the late UM CIO Jeffrey Huskamp, and his wife, BioE Director of Operations Sandra Huskamp. The $1500 award will be given to a different student each year. 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: Flat Terp is a World Traveler

Flat Terp at Mission ControlClark School alumni are snapping pics of Flat Terp in various locations around the globe. He's been to Paris, Rome, Dubai and NASA's Mission Control (pictured, with Russ Werneth, B.S. '64 and M.S. '68, mechanical engineering). Have a destination in mind for Flat Terp? Contact Josey Simpson to learn how you can take Flat Terp on your travel adventures!

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 Stanley Black & Decker 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 Kiviat! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.

Amr A. Adly (Ph.D. '92, electrical engineering) has been appointed as Faculty of Engineering Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Cairo University, Egypt.

Kevin Buckley (B.S. '10, aerospace engineering) interned at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, over the summer.

Maria Cowan (B.S. '10, mechanical engineering) is an energy engineer at PEPCO.

Lawrence J. Gotts (B.S. '80, mechanical engineering) has joined Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner in their litigation department.

Frank Hertsch (B.S. '69, civil engineering) has been appointed to the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Christopher T. Jones (Ph.D. '97, aerospace engineering) has been appointed vice president and general manager of integrated logistics and modernization for Northrop Grumman.

Brian Kiviat (B.S. '85, aerospace engineering) has been selected as chief technology advisor to the Department of Defense Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell where he is providing technology solutions to the urgent needs of our deployed forces.

Joseph W. Levesque (B.S. '79, fire protection engineering) is engineering manager at Brookhaven Science Associates in Upton, N.Y.

Awais Raza (B.S. '10, aerospace engineering) is an engineer at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas.

Floyd Trogdon (B.S. '50 and M.S. '51, electrical engineering) has been appointed to the board of directors of Greenhouse Holdings, Inc., in San Diego, Calif.

Chi Yeh (Ph.D. '02, reliability engineering) is KSC reliability discipline lead at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the passing of alumni John H. Malloy (Ph.D. '70, electrical engineering) and John C. New (M.S. '50, mechanical engineering).

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Stewart Named 1st Huskamp Award Recipient

Oehrlein Receives IBM Faculty Award

Clark School 3rd Nationwide in Recruiter Survey

Hundreds flock to see robots in action on campus

$15M Neutron Scattering Collaboration with NIST Renewed

Clark School, Techno-Sciences Win Contracts

$1.9M NSF Grant Enables Study of Biomolecular Structures

Matysiak Joins BioE Faculty

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Chang Awarded $1 Million by MSHA

Clark School Enters U.S. News Top 20

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Clark School Ranked 13th Worldwide

OmniSpeech Wins $50K SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition

Engineers Re-Tool for Growing BioE Market

BioE, FDA Offer Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads

Bio-Filtration System Promises Less Chesapeake Pollution

Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Paice LLC, Toyota Reach Patent Settlement

Takeuchi, German Colleagues Collaborate on Materials Research

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WUSA*9 (Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate) joins us for Maryland Robotics Day.

Prof. Aris Christou talks about the rise in nuclear engineering program applicants on Platt's Energy Week.

The Clark School's participation in NASA's inflatable loft competition receives coverage in the U.K. Register.

BioE undergrad Zachary Russ pens another column for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

The Washington Post covers the expansion of the Clark School's Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility.

MSNBC features research by a team of ISR-affiliated faculty members to make battery parts from a virus.

Discover Magazine covers efforts to create a battery from a virus. The Clark School's Chunsheng Wang and Reza Ghodssi are involved in the research.

U.S. News & World Report features the work of bioengineering student Brendan Casey on gel bandages for the battlefield.

Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Director Tom Jacobs offers traffic tips to ABC News.

Alumna Anh Duong profiled by The Washington Post.

The Washington Post covers a grant earned by the Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management.

The Baltimore Sun features Mehdi Kalantari and his new bridge sensors.

Washington Post coverage of Hinman CEOs start-up DoseSpot.

Washington Post obituary for aerospace engineering alumnus John New, a satellite pioneer.

Popular Mechanics includes in the work of Professor Ichiro Takeuchi in its list of next-gen air conditioning systems.

Olugbenga Famodu (B.S. '95, chemical engineering, M.S. '04 and Ph.D. '05, materials engineering) featured in Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology Magazine.

Uganda's New Vision profiles chemical engineering alumna Jacinta K. Williams (B.S. '96).

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