Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Hands-On Course is the Envy of Alums

Check out the online version of Engineering@Maryland magazine for a story on the revamped ENES 100 and associated hovercraft competition. Learn how the Clark School is making engineering exciting for first-year students and opportunities for you to get involved.

Nominate a Teacher or Colleague to the Innovation Hall of Fame

The Clark School is now accepting nominations for the Innovation Hall of Fame. If you know of a Clark School faculty member or alum (or other engineer closely associated with the school) whose technological innovations have advanced the field or had a positive impact on society, please submit your nomination for this year's award by March 22, 2010. Prior inductees include the inventors of the hybrid electric/gasoline engine (used in Toyota vehicles), pulse Doppler radar, the universal product code, the flexible cardiac stent and many other breakthroughs.

UM Progresses in Solar Decathlon 2011 Competition

UM has been selected to continue in the second stage of the proposal process for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Along with a selection of other universities, UM is preparing a concept design submission for this next stage of the team selection process. Alumni and other volunteers may participate through donations of time, expertise, funding or materials. Contact Prof. Keith Herrold via email or call 301-405-5268 for more information. Check out UM's 2007 Solar Decathlon, LEAFHouse, in the forthcoming book Prefabulous and Sustainable.

Update from Your Engineering Alumni Chapter — Get Involved!

Bill LeasureMy name is Bill Leasure (B.S. '66, mechanical engineering). I am retired, but I spent 29 years in federal government research and development, mostly in the area of ground transportation safety, and eight years as president of the Truck Manufacturers Association. I have been a member of the Clark School’s Engineering Alumni Chapter Board for three years and currently serve as board secretary. I am also a member of the University’s Colonnade Society Council. I would encourage all engineering alums to show their Terp pride by sharing their time and talents in support of the engineering school - efforts that benefit both students and alumni. Contact me or Director of Alumni Relations Josey Simpson ’84, to match your interests with our volunteer opportunities.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Earning a High Yield on His Investments

When Brian Hinman (B.S. '82, electrical engineering) supports entrepreneurship education through the Great Expectations campaign, he expects his gifts to gain in value. His latest gift of $1 million to the Hinman CEOs (Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities) program will add an international component to the renowned program that bears his name. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships and fellowships, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: From Adversity Comes Confidence to Succeed

Paul TranElectrical engineering alumnus Paul Tran (B.S. '95) developed his business savvy at the tender of age of 4, when his father had him negoitate with clients of the family's business. At the age of 6 and all by himself, he fled his hometown of Saigon amidst political turmoil and wasn't reunited with his father, who also had fled, until a year later in the United States. Now, Tran is the founder of Elucid Solutions Inc., an IT, statistical research and mortgage portfolio management services contractor in Bethesda. He was the 2009 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award recipient.

Join Us! Spring 2010 Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

Pradeep Kaul, president and CEO of Hughes Systique, will give the first Whiting-Turner lecture of the spring semester on April 8. The next lecture (speaker TBA) will take place as part of the Fourth Annual Fischell Festival of Bioengineering on April 29. Both lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in the Kim Engineering Building lecture hall.

Join Us! Order of the Engineer Ceremony, April 9

As engineers, one of our utmost priorities is to apply high ethical standards in all of our decisions. Doctors affirm the Hippocratic Oath. So too, engineers can affirm the Oath of Obligation proclaiming a commitment to uphold their ethical responsibilities. Upon induction into the Order of the Engineer, you are given a steel band to wear on the small finger of your working hand to proudly display your commitment and remind yourself never to cut corners. The 2010 Order of the Engineer Ceremony will be held at the University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation. For additional information, please contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations, at 301-405-2150 or email, or visit

Save the Date! Engineering Sustainability Workshop, April 22

The Clark School will hold its second Sustainability Engineering Workshop: Focus on Water on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, in the Kim Engineering Building. Watch for more information about guest and faculty speakers, faculty and student poster presentations, and a student competition. Help us explore new technologies to improve human life while preserving our resources.

Explore Your World: Maryland Day, April 24

Join the University of Maryland in a celebration of our diverse world on Maryland Day. Stay tuned for more details about the activities, demonstrations, exhibits, performances and other events that will offer the community a glimpse into what makes the university and the Clark School special places. Learn more at

You’re Invited: Fischell Festival 2010, April 29

Please plan to join us for this multi-dimensional event featuring a live telecast of a surgical procedure, research poster session, industry talks and faculty presentations. More details are available online:

Join Us! Baltimore-Area Alumni Networking Event: May 13

Clark School alumni in the Baltimore area are invited to attend our annual networking event at the Engineers Club in downtown Baltimore. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. More information is available online. RSVP to Josey Simpson via email or by calling 301-405-2150.

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 Hughes 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 Patrick Finney! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.

Petru Andrei (Ph.D. '04, electrical engineering) has been promoted to associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

Eric Fargo (B.S. '04, computer engineering) is a software engineer with Cobham Analytic Solutions in Arlington, Va.

Patrick Finney (MEng. '07, fire protection engineering) is the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission's senior resident inspector of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township, Pa.

John D. Titus (B.S. '81, mechanical engineering) has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as an attorney in their intellectual property practice group in Phoenix, AZ.

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Mechanical Engineering Student on a Mission to "Mars"

Reconstructing Hand Movements Using Brain Signals

Book Features LEAFHouse

A Tree in Your Tank?

NIST Awards UM $15.5 Million in Fellowships

Pecht Weighs in on Toyota's Woes

UM Progresses in Solar Decathlon 2011 Competition

Gupta Wins HHMI Fellowship

Oehrlein, Arsenault Highly Cited Worldwide

Media Coverage

Alumnus José Reyes Jr. (M.S. '84, Ph.D. '86, nuclear engineering) is profiled in The Oregonian.

Alumnus Jie Chen (Ph.D. '98, electrical engineering) is profiled in The Calgary Herald.

Phil Tarnoff is asked how to fix traffic congestion by WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C.

Scientific American covers the efforts of BioE's Trent Bradberry and others to study brain-hand signals.

Phil Tarnoff is interviewed on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

Michael Pecht continues to offer expertise on the Toyota recall situation.

Abundant local and national coverage of researchers' efforts to make biofuel from poplar trees. The Associated Press picks up the story.

Michael Pecht talks with the Los Angeles Times and CNN about Toyota's recall woes.

Michael Pecht's testimony before a Congressional committee investigating Toyota is covered by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Prof. Shihab Shamma (ECE/ISR) is quoted in The Boston Globe in an article on the science of sound.

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