Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

UM a Solar Decathlon Finalist

A team of UM students, faculty and mentors (including alumni) has earned one of 20 spots in the elite international Solar Decathlon Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team's design concept, WaterShed, strives to create a mini-eco-system that efficiently captures and fully utilizes the energy of sun, wind and rain, as well as household 'wastes' that retain valuable energy and nutritional resources. It's the fourth time the Terp team has made it to the finals in the competition to build a house that is fully and creatively powered by solar energy. In 2007, Maryland's LEAFHouse entry led all U.S. designs and captured second in the competition.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Fellowship to Support Future Entrepreneurs

The new Warren Citrin Graduate Fellowship program, which supports Clark School graduate students conducting research in the broad area of sustainability, was made possible by a $560,000 gift from Warren Citrin, co-founder of Solipsys Corp. (now Raytheon Solipsys). The program, commencing fall 2011, will provide four first-year students with $35,000 and additional financial support through the completion of their doctoral degrees. 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: Avalanche Expert

Perry BarteltWorking at the world famous institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Switzerland is Clark School alumnus Perry Bartelt (B.S. '81 and M.S. '83, civil engineering). He heads a research group that deals with the mitigation of snow avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls—both in Switzerland and worldwide. They introduced advanced numerical methods to model geophysical flows—models that are used in America, Canada and across Europe.

Clark School Alumni Chapter Board Update—Meet David J. Pelgrim, P.E.

David PelgrimIt has been my pleasure to serve as a member of the board for the past several years. Since graduating as a mechanical engineer in '91, and with a MBA in '04, I have enjoyed reflecting back upon my experiences at both the Clark School and the Smith School: solar-powered cars, Formula SAE, fellow students and memorable professors who contributed to my development. As a board member, I've worked to strengthen our alumni network. If you are interested in an opportunity to serve your school and support your fellow alumni with your time and talents, whether as a board member, contributor or mentor, please feel free to contact us via our director of alumni relations, Josey Simpson ‘84, at 301.405.2150 or

The California Connection, Bay-area Alumni Networking Event: May 26

Enjoy an evening of networking and discussion featuring four of the university's deans:

  • Darryll Pines, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Norma Allewell, College of Chemical & Life Sciences
  • G. "Anand" Anandalingam, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Steve Halperin, College of Computer, Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • With Special Guest Moderator Dan Noyes '81, chief investigative reporter for ABC-7 San Franciso.

The event will be held at 6 p.m., May 26, at The Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, Calif. Additional information is available online or contact Josey Simpson via email or by calling 301.405.2150.

Need PGA Tour Tickets? We’ll Link You Up!

The University of Maryland Alumni Association invites you to walk the University of Maryland Golf Course, May 31–June 6, during the 2010 Melwood Prince George's County Open. See more than 150 players compete for the $600,000 purse. Order tickets online:

Volunteers Needed: 7th Annual Clark School of Engineering Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing, September 24

Come out for a morning of fun and networking with your friends and fellow alumni at the 7th Annual Clark School of Alumni and Faculty Golf Outing at the UM Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. followed by an awards luncheon and silent auction. If you would like to assist the Alumni Chapter Board in planning this tournament, please contact Josey Simpson. Watch this space for more details!

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 Lockheed Martin 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 David Mongan! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.

John Alderman (B.S. ’78, fire protection engineering) is vice president of engineering with AON Global Risk Consulting in League City, Texas.

Bradley Barrett (M.S. '99, electrical engineering) is on the senior professional staff with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Benjamin Bernstein (B.S. '06, mechanical engineering) is an R & D Associate II with MedImmune, LLC, in Gaithersburg, Md.

David Curtis (M.S. '75, civil engineering) is a vice president with WEST Consultants in Folson, Calif.

Thom Francis (B.S. '91, aerospace engineering) has received his fourth patent. He and his wife also just adopted their first child.

Ahmed Ibrahim (M.S. '07 and Ph.D. '09, electrical engineering) has been hired as an assistant professor at Cairo University in Egypt.

Abdo Kardous (B.S. '80, civil engineering) has been promoted to senior vice president and managing director for Hill International's Asia/Pacific offices.

Ashish Malik (B.S. '97, chemical engineering) is an account manager for RWD Technologies in Atlanta, Ga.

David Mongan (B.S. ’71 and M.S. ’76, civil engineering) has been appointed to the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers.

Sayed M. Naved (M.S. '92, electrical engineering) has been appointed to the Maryland State Board of Education.

In Memoriam

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of Thomas M. Yeager (B.S. '63, electrical engineering), Lawrence J. Bensky (B.S. '90, civil engineering) and James L. Sinclair (B.S. '53, electrical engineering).

Tell Us Your News

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

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