University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon
UM placed first in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, a competition involving 19 teams from top schools all over the U.S. and the world. The UM team had a record number of points, and was first in the architecture category. Led by Professor Amy Gardner, team advisor from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Associate Professor Keith Herold, team advisor from the Clark School (Fischell Department of Bioengineering), the team comprised some 200 students, faculty members and staff members from all over campus. To learn all about the decathlon and the Maryland WaterShed house, see solardecathlon.gov and 2011.solarteam.org.
Clark School Names 2011-12 Top 25 Maryland Source Schools
For the third year, the Clark School recognizes those Maryland high schools that send it the most students. Is your school on the list?
"Twenty-Year Window of Opportunity"
Energy research and policy leaders from the government, academia and industry gathered for the grand opening of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center's new facilities on September 26, 2011. The facilities are located in a freshly-renovated wing of the Engineering Lab Building. Arun Majumdar, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, stated the U.S. has an approximately 20-year window of opportunity in which to produce game-changing policies and energy technologies that will make biofuels and sustainable energy resources into viable business ventures. Watch Arun Majumdar's lecture online.
UMD Ranked Among Nation's Best in Entrepreneurship Education
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine have named the University of Maryland as one of the nation's top schools for entrepreneurially-minded students. Their latest ranking of campus entrepreneurship programs puts Maryland at No. 18 (No. 9 among public institutions) for undergraduate and No. 22 (No. 12 among public institutions) for graduate entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneurship education initiatives offered by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, played a key role in the new ratings.
UM a Lead University in National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition
UM and its Atlantic Coast Conference partners will launch a new, conference-wide Clean Energy Business Challenge in fall 2011, encouraging students throughout the southeastern United States to develop successful business plans and create new clean energy companies. The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) was selected as the principal lead for the Southeast competition.
Mote To Receive Highest Mechanical Engineering Honor
University System of Maryland Regents Professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. will be honored with the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Medal. The ASME Medal is the highest honor bestowed by ASME and recognizes his creation of a comprehensive theory of the dynamics of flexible moving structures and his remarkable leadership at two major universities, the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
You're Invited: Baltimore-Area Alumni Networking Reception, November 17
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, Pioneer Hall, 1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD (near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport). Enjoy a wonderful evening of networking with fellow Terps and friends and meet Darryll Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. RSVP online by November 4, www.alumni.umd.edu/NEM2011. If you have any questions, please contact Josey Simpson '84, director of alumni relations at 301.405.2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Expectations Spotlight: First Jimmy H. C. Lin Awards Distributed
Bioengineering graduate student and Fischell Fellow Marc Dandin, his co-advisor Assistant Professor Pamela Abshire (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE]), and David Sander (M.S. '08 and Ph.D. '11, electrical engineering, also advised by Abshire) have received the first Jimmy H. C. Lin Award for Entrepreneurship in recognition of their business plan for Ibis Microtech. The Jimmy H. C. Lin Award for Invention is awarded to K. J. Ray Liu, along with Wan-Yi Lin and Nathan Goergen, in recognition of their invention "Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access." The Jimmy H. C. Lin Graduate Scholarship was awarded to newly enrolled Ph.D. students Xiangyang Liu and Faheng Zang, in recognition of their outstanding academic records from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Jimmy Lin's alma mater. In 2008, Jimmy H. C. Lin, a beloved, longtime ECE professor, endowed the department with the Jimmy Lin Fund for Innovation and Invention. 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.
Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Alumna Completes Peace Corps Service with Flat Terp by Her Side
In June 2011, Sheila Xiah Kragie (B.S. '06, civil engineering and economics) finished her two years of Peace Corps service as a water and sanitation engineer in rural Honduras. She developed a training course for use of GPS and the Geographic Information System (GIS) and supported a local government technical office to build infrastructure and teach rural water committees how to maintain and manage their systems. She has since started a Ph.D. at the Earth Institute at Columbia University focusing on environmental contamination and mining in developing communities. If you have a destination in mind for Flat Terp, contact Josey Simpson.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify the people in the shots and include the date.
Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities
Thanks to Corporate Partner Cisco 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!
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Mustafa Beyaz (M.S. '08 and Ph.D. '11, electrical engineering) has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Antalya International University in Antalya, Turkey.
Yun-Fei Ko (Ph.D. '92, chemical engineering) is president of Chang Gung Biotech Corporation in Taipei, Taiwan.
Christopher Magnan (M.Eng. '07, electrical engineering, and MBA '10) is a RF engineer at Antenna Research Associates in Beltsville, Md.
Charles Moran (B.S. '69, chemical engineering) has been listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...
Over the past months, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Norris C. Hekimian (M.S. '51 and Ph.D. '69, electrical engineering).
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