Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Meet Leslie Borak, Assistant Dean for External Relations

Leslie BorakLeslie Borak became Assistant Dean for External Relations at the A. James Clark School of Engineering on December 1. Borak brings more than 20 years of experience directing fundraising campaigns in major university and college settings. Most recently, she served as vice president for development and alumni affairs at Goucher College in Baltimore. Previously, she was the director of institutional advancement at the Smithsonian Institution, and executive director of development for the George Washington University Law School.

Borak looks forward to leading the Clark School’s $185 million capital campaign and working closely with the school’s new dean, Darryll Pines, its dedicated faculty, staff and alumni, and its sterling Board of Visitors, to advance the philanthropic objectives of the Clark School.

Update From Your Engineering Alumni Chapter— Student Outreach

HarkGreetings, fellow Terps! My name is Hark Tagunicar, and this is my third year as the Student Outreach Committee Chair. This committee is dedicated to sponsoring, promoting, and supporting social and educational events for the current undergrad students of the Clark School. Some of our most notable events include the Clark School's Commencement Reception and the Order of the Engineer Ceremony. The Student Outreach Committee is always on the lookout for new volunteers. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Alumni Relations, Josey Simpson '84. Together we can continue to enrich the undergrad experience for Clark School students!

Interim Aero Chair Appointed

Newly appointed Clark School Dean Darryll Pines, current chair of aerospace engineering until his term as dean begins in January, has announced that Professor Inderjit Chopra has agreed to serve as interim chair of the department. A national search is underway to find a permanent chair. Chopra is the Alfred Gessow Professor and director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center.

Alumna-Run Company Wins Global Security Challenge

TRX Systems, a company founded by University of Maryland Professor and Associate Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Gil Blankenship, won first place in the third annual Global Security Challenge competition. Chief Executive Officer Carole Teolis (Ph.D. '94, electrical engineering) helped make the winning presentation at the competition finals in London, which showcased a prototype system that can effectively track individuals inside multi-story buildings with no special instrumentation or preparation of the incident site required.

Engineering Alumni "Moving Maryland Forward"

Two Clark School alumni were interviewed for "Moving Maryland Forward," a program aired on Maryland Public Television in November commemorating the 100th anniversary of the state's highway system. Civil engineers William Hellmann (B.S. '65) and Jane Tiedeman (B.S. '88 and M.S. '90) were featured during the program for their work with the state's roads projects.

Great Expectations: Clark School Update

Alumnus and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Advisory Board member Jim Bodycomb (B.S. '67, electrical engineering), along with his wife Linda, have established a new scholarship for undergraduate students enrolled in ECE within the Clark School. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships, please contact Radka Nebesky.

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: Grant a Wish – Create a grant to benefit a student in the department of your choice. Investment: $1000 (four-year pledge of $250 a year). For more ideas and details, please contact Darleen Lugenbuhl.

Clark School Alumni SpotlightRecruiting the Next Generation

ZhanEarlier this fall, Sheng Zhan (M.S. '06 and Ph.D. '07, mechanical engineering) returned to campus for the Fall 2008 Career Fair. Recruiting for his company, Baker Hughes INTEQ, a leading oilfield services company, Zhan's objective is to increase the influence of the university in the oilfield industry. As a Clark School alumnus, Zhan believes that the school fully prepared him for the professional world. Zhan has fond memories of his time spent at the school and commented that returning feels "just like I’m back home."

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 pictured and we will send you a Clark School decal for your car! Thank you to Ioannis Stamatiou (B.S. '04 and M.S. '06, electrical engineering), who identified John Ishibashi (B.S. '04, mechanical engineering) and Vince Nguyen (B.S. '03 and M.S. '05, mechanical engineering) in last month's photo of the 2003-04 Future Truck Team. Thanks also to Timothy Lee (B.S. '07, aerospace engineering), who let us know he recognized Elisabeth Goldwasser (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering).

Goldwasser, in turn, also responded that she recognized, from left to right, Takeo "Tax" Yokoyama (a visiting scholar), Eddy Chen, Karl Dudek (B.S. '03, electrical engineering), Sarabpreet Bumra, Stefanie Robinson (B.S. '04, mechanical engineering), Nguyen, Mic Scott (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering), Ishibashi, Greg Herwig (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering), Trevor Randall (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering) and mechanical engineering's Professor and Chair Avram Bar-Cohen.

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 Josey Simpson.

Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to Corporate Partner Constellation Energy 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 the Alumni Notes featured in this e-newsletter to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winner is Carl Stahle! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson!

Brian Bacon (B.S. '04, electrical engineering and M.Eng. '08) married Jessica Lynn Crouse earlier this year in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Chip Badger (M.S. '76, civil engineering) has been named director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation by Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine.

Perry Bartelt (B.S. '81 and M.S. '83, civil engineering) is head of snow and avalanche research at the Swiss Federal Institute.

Bill Byrne (Ph.D. '93, electrical engineering) is a reader of information engineering at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). He was previously a lecturer in speech processing.

Patricia Callahan (B.S. '89, engineering) has joined ThedaCare Physicians in Appleton, Wisc., as a pediatrician.

Dale Christenson (M.S. '93, civil engineering) has been named federal project director for the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Jacob Cowperthwaite (M.S. '05, electrical engineering) is a hardware engineer at Key Technologies in Baltimore.

Laurie Daddino and Dan Sutermeister (both B.S. '01, aerospace engineering) are engaged to be married in May of 2009.

Dwight Emory (B.S. '89, civil engineering) is a civil engineer with the Garrett County (Md.) Roads Department.

Muluwork Geremew (M.S. '06, electrical engineering) has been named a 2009 Most Promising Engineer. She will receive her award at the 23rd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Baltimore in February.

Kevin Greenaugh (Ph.D. '98, nuclear engineering) has been named director of the Office of Military Application and Stockpile Operations at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Abhinav Joshi (M.S. '02, systems engineering) is a reference architect in NetApp's virtualization and grid infrastructure business unit.

Tim Moore (M.S. '99, civil engineering) is a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech, where he is working on a device to "sniff" for air-borne pollutants.

C.J. "Chuck" Powers (B.S. '77, agricultural engineering) is global director of water resource industry and product management for Flowserve Corp.'s pump division.

Justin Reid (B.S. '04, fire protection engineering) is a project engineer for RLH Fire Protection in Van Nuys, Calif.

Nikos Sidiropoulos (M.S. '90 and Ph.D. '92, electrical engineering) has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Carl Stahle (B.S. '81, electrical engineering) is assistant chief for technology for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Instrument Systems and Technology Division.

Hark Tagunicar (B.S. '04, computer engineering) is a software engineer with SAIC. As previously mentioned, he is Student Outreach Committee chair for the Engineering Alumni Chapter Board.

Mahamane Toure (B.S. '02, aerospace engineering) is an aerospace engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eric Traenkner (B.S. '02, civil engineering) is a project engineer for BP Barber in Charleston, S.C.

Xuesong Zhou (Ph.D. '04, civil engineering) is an assistant professor at the University of Utah where he is working on a car key that prevents teenage drivers from using a cell phone while driving.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of…

Over the past month, we learned of the deaths of Jerome Persh (M.S. '58, aeronautical engineering), Linda Lea Overman Bright (B.S. '77, electrical engineering), Charles E. Bowler Jr. (B.S. '58, civil engineering), Thomas Lee Stinchcomb (B.S. '49, mechanical engineering), Hugh William Wilkerson (B.S. '52, agricultural engineering, and B.S. '53, civil engineering) and Arthur E. "Ott" Lundvall Jr. (B.S. '50, mechanical engineering).

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