Clark School Ranked 14th Worldwide
The Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities has ranked the Clark School 14th in the world among all engineering programs for 2009 in its Academic Ranking of World Universities. The institute, a unit of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, based the rankings on engineering-related research expenditures, highly cited researchers, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and the percentage of papers published in top 20 percent of engineering journals. In this last category, the Clark School scored 82 out of a possible 100 points.
University of Maryland Certificate in Innovation Management—at a Discount!
The five-day UM Certificate in Innovation Management Program systematically teaches you how to lead your innovative venture in competitive markets. You will experience world-class executive education and learn from award-winning entrepreneurs and faculty from the Clark School and the Smith School. Register now for a 20 percent early-bird discount. Read more and register at www.innovation.umd.edu.
Student's Actions Called Heroic
Earlier this year, Clark School aerospace engineering student Michael Williams was one of the first responders to a fatal accident that occurred during the test firing of a tank at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Williams was a student employee and a member of the test team. Williams entered an area with unexploded ordnance, rendered first aid to the injured and helped to move them to an area where emergency response personnel could attend to them more safely.
Westmoreland Named Graduate Student of the Year
Sophoria N. Westmoreland, mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has been named the National Society of Black Engineers Graduate Student of the Year for 2010. The Graduate Student of the Year award is part of the larger Golden Torch Awards, which "honors the best and brightest in technology."
Lyles to Speak at Commencement
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles will be the commencement speaker at the Clark School's commencement ceremony on December 20 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Activities Building. Gen. Lyles served as vice commander and then commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base in Utah before he was assigned to command the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base. He also served as director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. In 2000, he became commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He retired in October 2003.
Educating the World's Kids, One Laptop at a Time
What did you do on your last summer vacation? Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering sophomore Mary Yanik spent hers on a project that combined technology, education and social change with a trip to the other side of the world: she was part of a One Laptop Per Child project team in Ambatoharanana, Madagascar.
Great Expectations Spotlight: Alum's Gift Honors Inspirational Professor
A gift of $625,000 by Charles E. Waggner (B.S. '54, chemical engineering) has established the Deborah J. Goodings Professorship in Engineering for Global Sustainability. The professorship will provide annual support for a salary supplement, programming and research for a professor (to be named) in the Clark School's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 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—Terrapin Station Winery
Morris Zwick (B.S. '85, electrical engineering and MBA '89) and his wife Janet (B.S. '88, education), pictured at left with their daughter Maria, started Terrapin Station Winery on Janet's family farm in Cecil County, Md., near the town of Elkton. The couple is devoted to ecofriendly practices and contributes a portion of their sales to the Terrapin Institute. Watch a UMTV segment on the winery.
Blast from the Past: Help Us Uncover Clark School History
Do 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! We stumped you again last month with this photo!
Win a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid or Ford Fusion
Forget Pokémon cards and oranges for this year's stocking stuffers. Give the chance to win a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid or 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Raffle tickets are available online for $10 with proceeds benefiting the University of Maryland Alumni Association, including student, young alumni and other programming. And be sure and stuff your own stocking for a chance to win!
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 email@example.com.
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Your Name Here—Sponsorship Opportunities
Thanks to Corporate Partner Clark Construction 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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Each month, we randomly select a name from Alumni Notes to win a Clark School t-shirt! This month’s winner is Brent Sherwood! Don’t miss your chance to win the next t-shirt – send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.
Gerald "Gerry" Cauley (M.S. '80, nuclear engineering) has been named president and chief executive officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation board of trustees.
Sebastian Engelmann (Ph.D. '08, materials science and engineering) has published his first book, Plasma-Surface Interactions of Advanced Photoresist Systems. The work, based on his research at the Laboratory for Plasma Processing of Materials, discusses improved methods of nanostructure manufacturing using plasma etching technology.
George Gellrich (B.S. '81, mechanical engineering) has been named site vice president for Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant by the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.
Nikhil Koratkar (M.S. '98 and Ph.D. '00, aerospace engineering) received a Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society. He is a professor of mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Robert Pearce (B.S. '97, civil engineering) is a manager with BE&K Building Group in Charlotte, N.C.
Rafael Rodriguez (M.Eng. '07), a project manager at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in nuclear regulation. He also was recently awarded the Luminary Award by Great Minds in STEM. The award is given to top professionals in the country who are recognized for their contributions to the Hispanic technical community as a leader and role model.
Beatrice Roget (M.S. '01 and Ph.D. '04, aerospace engineering) is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming.
Brent Sherwood (M.S. '88 aerospace engineering) just published Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture. It is an edited survey of orbital architecture, planet surface architecture and terrestrial space architecture.
Rajneesh Singh (Ph.D. '99, aerospace engineering) joined the Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground as an aerospace research engineer. Prior to this, Rajneesh worked as a senior aerodynamicist at General Motors in Warren, Mich.
Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the death of Robert A. Fuhrman (M.S. '52, mechanical engineering).
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