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5 Clark School Programs Highly Ranked

U.S. NewsThe 2010 U.S. News & World Report survey of undergraduate engineering programs ranks the Clark School tied for 23rd in the nation among all schools, and tied for 9th in the nation among public programs. The 2010 edition also marks the Clark School's greatest number of top 20 programs, at five: aerospace, computer, electrical, mechanical and entrepreneurship.

Come Celebrate Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee and Alum Buno Pati

Buno PatiBuno Pati (B.S. '86, M.S. '88 and Ph.D. '92, electrical engineering) will be inducted into the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame on October 15 for his innovations in phase-shift lithography, which enabled the development of today’s laptops, cell phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Following the ceremony, the Clark School will hold its annual White Symposium on Engineering Innovation, "Connected 24/7: How Today's Electronics Influence the Way We Live," at 5:30 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend both events.

Lewis Named Aerospace Chair

Mark LewisMark J. Lewis is the new chair of the Clark School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective September 14. From 2004 to 2008, Lewis served as Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, where he was the chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, and provided assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. Lewis is also president-elect of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Willis Young, Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School.

Meet Karen Thornton, Director of Development for Individual Major Gifts

Karen ThorntonKaren Thornton has joined the Clark School's Office of External Relations as the director of development for individual major gifts. Karen has extensive experience with the Clark School, where she has served as associate director of business development for the school’s Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, directed the nationally recognized Hinman CEOs program and more recently directed the new Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. Earlier she worked as director of external relations and human resources in the school’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Karen earned her MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 1998. She is an accomplished musician, and taught music for 15 years.

Shirmohammadi Named Associate Dean of Agriculture School

ShirmohammadiAdel Shirmohammadi, a professor in the Clark School’s Fischell Department of Bioengineering, was recently appointed the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. Adel is well known to Clark School biological resources engineering alums.

The Clark School Meets Hollywood

The Clark School has been receiving quite a lot of attention on television and in video on the web recently. Faculty and students were recently featured on the Science Channel's "Popular Science: The Future of Security," in a video on creating building blocks for the regrowth of bone and other tissue, and when a student volunteered with a new home construction project that will be featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" later this season.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Ensuring Continued Strength in Research

Learn about ECE Professor Anthony Ephremides's commitment to attracting quality researchers to the Clark School by establishing the $1.5 million Anthony Ephremides Chair in Information Sciences and Systems. Details are available in the University's Great Expectations newsletter. 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

HoddinottR. Ken Hoddinott, Jr. (B.S. '42, mechanical engineering) flew a restored 1944 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, the “Liberty Bell,” across the North Atlantic at 8,000 feet via Iceland in July of 2008. Eighty-seven-year-old Hoddinott was a B-17 commander during WWII in Lavenham, England.

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 t-shirt! We're still seeking information regarding the photo in August's e-newsletter.

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Find Work with Our Corporate Partners

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Alumni Notes

Each month, we randomly select names from Alumni Notes to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winners are Francis Glaze and Samuel Streep! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Jonathan Boyd (B.S. '06, electrical engineering) is working as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Va.

Alan Coyne (M.S. '97, aerospace engineering) works for Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn., as a CH-53K attributes manager.

Matt Franklin (B.S. '04, electrical engineering) is a systems design engineer for Professional Products Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md.

Hussein "Henry" N. Garrana (B.S. '70, electrical engineering) has joined the Austin, Texas, office of Haynes and Boone, LLP as "Of Counsel."

Francis W. Glaze (B.S. '41, chemical engineering) is retired from E. I. duPont, Inc., in Wilmington, DE. He now lives in Clearwater, Fla.

Richard Green (B.S. '95, electrical engineering) is a senior systems engineer with Brocade Communications.

Cmdr. Christopher M. Henry (B.S. '91, aerospace engineering) has taken command of the USS Buffalo (SSN 715).

Hamid Jafarkhani (M.S. '94 and Ph.D. '97, electrical engineering) has been named Chancellor's Professor by the University of California, Irvine. He is on the faculty of their Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Julie Keough (B.S. '87 electrical engineering), co-founder and CEO of E-Structors, Inc., in Elkridge, Md., has received a Baltimore SmartCEO 2009 Brava! Women Business Achievement Award.

Jonathan Kraeuter (B.S. '04, mechanical engineering) received a Silver Snoopy Award from NASA. He is a mechanical design engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Jeffrey Marcus (B.S. '75, mechanical engineering) investigates airplane crashes for the National Transportation Safety Board and teaches computer science classes at the University of Maryland University College. His son, Matthew, is a Clark School freshman in aerospace engineering.

Amir Mirmiran (M.S. '86 and Ph.D. '91, civil engineering) is now dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University.

David J. Molinaro (M.S. '89, civil engineering) has joined Pennoni Associates at their Wilkes-Barre, Penn. office as a senior engineer.

Vahid Motevalli (B.S. '83, M.S. '85 and Ph.D. '89, mechanical engineering) has been named head of the department of mechanical engineering technology at Purdue University.

Mark Peden (B.S. '87, aerospace engineering) has received NASA's Space Flight Awareness Award for his work on Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4.

Gerald Perada (B.S. '05, mechanical engineering) is involved in fossil, nuclear and green technology power plant engineering and construction projects as a project controls engineer with Bechtel Power Corp. in Frederick, Md.

David A. Platz (M.S. '94, aerospace engineering) is a manager of air vehicle integration at Bell Helicopter Textron in Hurst, Texas.

Lael Rudd (B.S. '96, M.S. '99 and Ph.D. '01, aerospace engineering) has been promoted to senior engineering technical specialist at Northrop Grumman Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., and was one of three winners of the NGC 2009 IRAD Innovation Challenge. He received the M.S. in biomedical engineering in 2008 from the University of Southern California.

Jafar Saniie (B.S. '74, electrical engineering) has been named the Walter and Harriet Filmer Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Shabnam Shafiee (M.S. '06 and Ph.D. '08, electrical engineering) is a biomedical engineer with Perinatronics Medical Systems, Inc., in Millersville, Md.

Michael D. Smith (B.S. '91, electrical engineering) has been selected to participate in this year's National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Symposium. He is an associate professor of information technology and marketing at Carnegie Mellon University and co-director of their Center for Digital Media Research.

Samuel Streep (B.S. '41, chemical engineering) is retired, most recently from consulting in energy management for Streep Associates Inc. At 89, he bikes three to five miles and swims daily.

J. Charles Tobin (Ph.D. '09, electrical engineering) has received the prestigious Peoples Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago, which focuses on research at the frontiers of high energy physics.


Kent Nelson (MEng. '05) married Sarah Marie Wolf in August. He is a flight test engineer for Northrop Grumman in Baltimore.

Deborah (Sweet) Goldberg (B.S. '06, chemical engineering) and Hirsh Goldberg (B.S. '05 and M.S. '07, electrical engineering) were married on August 16.

In Memoriam

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of Richard W. Carroll (B.S. '40, civil engineering), Nickolas B. Pippen (B.S. '05, chemical engineering) and Edward G. Warfield (B.S. '72, mechanical engineering).

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