Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

Pines Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Darryll PinesClark School Dean Darryll Pines testified before the Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. His speech advocated the inclusion of engineering concepts within K-12 education, both to inspire students with engineering’s ability to improve the world and to prepare students for rigorous college-level programs such as the Clark School's.

You're Invited: Final Fall Whiting-Turner Lecture November 19

S. Tien Wong, chairman and CEO of Opus8, Inc., will present the final lecture of the Fall 2009 Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on Thursday, November 19, at 5 p.m. in the Kim Building lecture hall. The first lecture, "Moving Forward with the Nuclear Renaissance in the United States," by George Vanderheyden, president and CEO of UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC, is available to watch online.

Black & Decker Alumni: Join Us on December 3

The Clark School and Black & Decker are co-hosting a reception for all alumni working at Black & Decker from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 3 at the company's headquarters in Towson, Md. Meet Clark School Dean Darryll Pines and network with fellow Terps. RSVP to Josey Simpson ( by Nov. 20.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Luncheon Connects Scholarship Donors and Recipients

The Clark School welcomed more than 100 scholarship donors and recipients to the Kim Engineering Building for the school's annual scholarship luncheon on November 11. The event provided scholarship recipients an opportunity to thank their benefactors over lunch in the Kim Building rotunda. 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—1990 Solar Car Team Reunites

Solar Car TeamMembers of the Clark School's 1990 "Pride of Maryland" Solar Car Team reunited at the Baltimore Museum of Industry to witness the unveiling of their car on display at the museum. Joining them was Clark School Professor and Associate Dean Bill Fourney. Front row (from left to right) - Kevin Chase (in the Maryland sweatshirt; B.S. '91, aerospace engineering), Marcel Belanger (B.S. '91, mechanical engineering), Fourney, David "Doc" Holloway (professor emeritus, mechanical engineering), Bill Raynor (B.S. '91, mechanical engineering), Maureen Williams (B.S. '91, mechanical engineering and M.S. '99, materials engineering), Tracy Sweet (B.S. '91, mechanical engineering) and Leanne Long (M.A. '91, arts and humanities). Second row (from left to right) - Joe Mashinski (B.S. '90, mechanical engineering), Bill Haris (B.S. '94, mechanical engineering), Bernie LaFrance (from PEPCO), Steve Wells (B.S. '90 and M.S. '93, mechanical engineering), Larry Long (B.S. '89, and M.S. '94, aerospace engineering) and Steve Brady (B.S. '89, aerospace engineering).

Clark School Recognizes Outstanding Commitment

On October 29, Clark School faculty and staff gathered to honor ten staff retirees, both living and deceased, with Engineering Outstanding Commitment Awards. The honorees included Suzanne K. Hickes, William S. Levine, Thomas J. McAvoy, Jon H. Orloff, Carol A. Prier and Edward M. Sybert.

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. The first three responses will receive a Clark School t-shirt! Thanks to Amal M. Fallah (B.S. '89, aerospace engineering), Mai Phuong Le (B.S. '08, mechanical engineering), Duy Nguyen (B.S. '06, biological resources engineering), Kiri Lee Feldman (B.S. '06 and M.S. '08, mechanical engineering; B.S. '06, history) and Amy Mhatre (B.S. '08, biological science) for writing in to identify (top row, left to right) Derrick Treichler (B.S. '06, mechanical engineering), Mhatre, Andrew Churchill (B.S. '05, aerospace engineering, and M.S. '07, civil engineering), Feldman, Jennifer Wiley (B.S. '06 and M.S. '07, fire protection engineering), Ashley Korzun (B.S. '06, aerospace engineering), Nguyen, Kolapo DaSilva (B.S. '06, agricultural engineering) and Fallah; and (bottom row, left to right) George Chacko (B.S. '06, chemical engineering), Holly Schurter (B.S. '07 and M.S. '09, aerospace engineering), Kyu Jang (B.S. '08, mechanical engineering), Lucas Bussey and Ugonma Onukwubiri (B.S. '08, aerospace engineering). The students were volunteering in hurricane-stricken New Orleans during the spring break of 2006.

Win a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid or Ford Fusion

Raffle tickets for the chance to win a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid or Ford Fusion are on sale for $10 each at all home football game tailgates this season. Proceeds benefit the University of Maryland Alumni Association, including student, young alumni and other programming.

Volunteer Opportunities for Clark School Alumni

The Clark School Engineering Alumni Chapter Board of Directors is seeking alumni who are interested in helping the Clark School continue to excel. If you are interested in learning how you can help, contact Josey Simpson ’84, director of alumni relations at 301.405.2150 or

Join TerpNation!

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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 Alumni Notes to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winner is Ana-Luisa Ramirez! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.


Odunayo Ayegusi (B.S. '05, electrical engineering) is the new resident inspector at Indian Point Unit 2 in Buchanan, Penn., an appointment made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Chi T. Do (B.S. '08, fire protection engineering) is an engineer with AREVA NP Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sebastian Engelmann (Ph.D. '08, materials science and engineering) published a book on plasma etching, Plasma-Surface Interactions of Advanced Photoresist Systems, which outlines improvements to nanoscale device manufacturing.

Dan Fallon (B.S. '05, electrical engineering) is a senior consulting engineer with Convergence Consulting Technology in Glen Burnie, Md.

Nitin Gupta (M.S. '07, aerospace engineering) is director and CEO of IDeA Research in Pune, India.

Jeff Goldberg (B.S. '99, biological resources engineering) is founder and chief executive of Cali Bamboo in San Diego, Calif.

Stephanie (Laning) King (B.S. '06, aerospace engineering) is a project engineer at Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

Can Korman (B.S. '85, M.S. '87 and Ph.D. '90) has been appointed associate dean for research and graduate studies at George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Meng Yi Lin (B.S. '03, mechanical engineering) is an engineering manager at Mars Air System in Gardena, Calif. She is a registered Professional Engineer and LEED AP.

Ana-Luisa Ramirez (B.S. '05, electrical engineering) received a Luminary Award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference earlier this fall. Luminary awardees are recognized for their leadership, collaboration and initiative in programs and research. Ramirez is a lead systems engineer at Northrop Grumman in Baltimore.


Daniel Markus (B.S. '06, chemical engineering) married Emily Singer (B.S. '06 and M.S. '08, hearing and speech) on November 6.

Stephanie (Laning) King (B.S. '06, aerospace engineering) married Martin King (B.S. '06, mechanical engineering) in September 2008.

In Memoriam

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of Jack Howard Jacobs (B.S. '49, mechanical engineering), George McGowan (B.S. '51, mechanical engineering) and C. Robert Varndell (B.S. '46, civil engineering).

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Pines Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Pati Inducted into Innovation Hall of Fame

Robotic Speedway Competition Returns Saturday

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Discover Magazine blogs about Evan Ulrich's mapleseed flyer.

News article and video feature Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel.

MIT Technology Review covers the mapleseed-inspired robotic device.

The Guardian interviews Gerry Galloway regarding New Orleans hurricane protection efforts.

The Baltimore Sun covers Mtech's Technology Start-Up Boot Camp. A technology columnist blogged live from the event as well.

Washington Post covers business plan competition winner; Mtech mentioned.

CBS coverage of the maple seed flying device reached stations nationwide.

WBAL (Baltimore) video news story about the monocopter inspired by a the design of a maple seed.

NewsChannel8 (Washington, D.C.) video news story about the maple seed monocopter.

WTTG FOX 5 (Washington, D.C.) video and story about the maple-seed flying device.

WJZ 13 (Baltimore) coverage of Evan Ulrich's maple seed-inspired monocopter.

The San Diego Business Journal profiles biological resources engineering alumnus Jeff Goldberg.

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