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Great Expectations Spotlight: Clark School Alum Gives $10M for New UM Teaching Center

St. JohnA landmark gift of $10 million from Baltimore developer, philanthropist and Clark School alumnus Edward St. John (B.S. '61, electrical engineering) will help create a long-sought, world-class teaching and learning center at the university. St. John's gift will support a high-tech classroom facility serving students campus-wide, the first of its kind in a half-century at Maryland. 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.

Electronics Reliability Expert Pecht is 2011 Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee

You are invited to celebrate the induction of Michael Pecht, George E. Dieter Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the UM Center for Advanced Life-Cycle Engineering, to the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, in the Kim Engineering Building. Join us as we honor his revolutionary advances in the prognostics and reliability of electronic systems used in aerospace, automotive, defense and personal computer applications, among others. The ceremony is followed by the Charles and Helen White Symposium, "Promoting the Health of Electronics," at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall.

Terps Racing #1 in National Competition

Members of the Clark School's Terps Racing team are the 2011 Sports Car Club of America Solo National Champions in the Formula SAE Class. Drivers from the team came in first and third, setting the fastest time by almost three seconds at the event.

Gamera Team Honored

Gamera TeamThe Clark School's Gamera human-powered helicopter team is being recognized with the annual American Helicopter Museum and Education Center Achievement Award for 2011. This award is presented to a person or organization that has made a significant impact to furthering rotary-wing aviation during the past year.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Testudo Shines in JPL Clean Room Appearance

Flat TerpTestudo visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab clean room recently (see photo), courtesy of four Clark School alums who work at NASA Goddard. Oren Sheinman (B.S. '83, aerospace engineering) was the lead mechanical engineer at Goddard who was responsible for the design, fabrication, testing and integration of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite, along with fellow Clark School aerospace alumni Rodger Farley (B.S. '80 and M.S. '86), Greg Frazier (B.S. '85) and Benny Prats (B.S. '78). At JPL, SAM was integrated into the Curiosity Rover of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission scheduled for launching in November '11 and landing August '12.

Get Your Department News Online

Reconnect with your department by checking out its most recent newsletter. The departments of bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and materials science and engineering all have new issues hot off the presses and available online. Interested in receiving a department's newsletter by mail? Send email to Josey Simpson '84, director of alumni relations at josey@umd.edu.

Help Our Students! Become a Clark School Alumni Advocate

The Clark School Alumni Advocates are a group of alumni from various engineering majors and organizations who want to share their professional experience and resources with the next generation of Terps. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, hosting on-site tours at your company, returning to campus to share your professional experience, or serving on the engineering alumni chapter board, then we want to hear from you. Please contact Josey Simpson '84, director of alumni relations, at 301.405.2150 or email josey@umd.edu.

Show Us Your Commencement Photos

We have begun to create summaries of Clark School commencements on our website. Make sure yours is included by sharing your high quality photos. We would like to receive photos of speakers, groups of students and families. Send your photos to Josey Simpson '84, director of alumni relations, at josey@umd.edu. Please identify the people in the shots and include the date.

Get Inspired: Fall Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

Ramit Varma '96The fall Whiting-Turner Lecture Series kicks off October 6 with speaker Ramit Varma '96, co-founder of Revolution Prep. His talk is titled "Lessons Learned from a Bootstrapped Entrepreneur." On October 20, Jenny Regan, co-founder and CEO of Key Tech, will speak on "Homeward Bound: Medical Devices as Home Appliances" as part of the 2011 Fischell Festival. Both lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall.

Alumni Networking Reception - Hartford, Connecticut, October 13

Engineering alumni in the Hartford, Conn., area are invited to enjoy a wonderful evening of networking with fellow Terps and friends, and to meet Dr. Bill Bentley, Fischell Department of Bioengineering Chair and Distinguished Professor, and other department faculty members. The event will be held at the Wadsworth Art Gallery, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Conn. RSVP online by September 30. If you have any questions, please contact Josey Simpson '84, director of alumni relations at 301.405.2150 or email josey@umd.edu.

Baltimore-Area Alumni, Save the Date!

The Clark School will host a reception for alumni in the Baltimore area on Thursday, November 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the National Electronics Museum near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Watch your email for more details about this event and how to RSVP.

Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to 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 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 Deidre Boone! Don't miss your chance to win the next t-shirt—send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Deidre J. Boone (B.S. '91, electrical engineering) is president & CEO of E-volve Technology Systems, Inc. in National Harbor, Md.

Lawrence Carin (B.S. '85, M.S. '86 and Ph.D. '89, electrical engineering) is the new chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

David Curtis (M.S. '75, civil engineering) was elected president of the National Hydrologic Warning Council in Denver, Colo.

Lt. Col. Dawn M. Davis (B.S. '88, civil engineering) is the new commander of the ROTC detachment at Alabama State University.

Howard (Skip) Harclerode (B.S. '70 and M.S. '71, chemical engineering) has been elected northeastern zone vice president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Kevin M. Kreide (M.Eng. '97) is the new physical plant director at the University of Kentucky. He is a retired U.S. Navy commander.

Erik G. Metzger (B.S. '05, mechanical engineering) is a system safety mechanical engineer for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance in Bremerton, Wash.

Dennis P. Nolan (B.S. '77, fire protection engineering) will publish the third edition of his book Safety and Security Review for the Process Industries (Elsevier Publications) in November 2011.

Michael O'Connor (M.S. '94, civil engineering) has received a National Pacesetter Award from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators. He is the director of Appalachian State University's Physical Plant.

Justin Schwartz (B.S. '10, fire protection engineering) is an engineer at Haines Fire & Risk Consulting in Southampton, N.J.

Wesley Tse (B.S. '10, civil engineering) is a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Jason Ward (B.S. '01, chemical engineering) is a manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP in McLean, Va.

James Whang (M.S. '71 and Ph.D. '74, civil engineering) was selected to join Strathmore's board of directors in North Bethesda, Md.


Karen Ann (nee Guralnick) Brushett (B.S. '07, mechanical engineering) married Richard Brushett of Silver Spring, Md., on June 25. Karen is employed at Exxon Mobil at the Joliet Refinery in Illinois.

David Buckingham (B.S. '94, civil engineering) married Sara Casto on August 27 in Oxon Hill, Md.

Robert J. Kucner (B.S. '01, mechanical engineering) married Kristen Hicks in May.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past months, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Tom McWilliams (Ph.D. '64, chemical engineering) and Gaurav Gopalan (M.S. 01 and Ph.D. 04, aerospace engineering).

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Clark School Alumni, we produce this e-newsletter so we can tell you about the school, but also so you can tell your fellow alumni about yourselves. Send us news about your recent career moves and personal events and we will include them in upcoming issues. Please send your news to josey@umd.edu.

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