Clark School Alumni e-Newsletter

UM Launches New Cybersecurity Center

Cybersecurity Center Launces
At the opening of the University of Maryland's new Cybersecurity Center, the urgency of its mission was underscored by the ongoing WikiLeaks-related cyber attacks and the announcement of new legislation to create and implement national best practices and standards for cybersafety.

Alumna Duong Speaks at Commencement

Anh DuongAnh Duong (B.S. '82, chemical engineering), director of the Borders and Maritime Security Division in the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, was the Clark School's winter 2010 commencement speaker. Commencement was held on December 19 in the Cole Student Activities Building.


Former EWB Advisor Honored

Goodings Deborah Goodings, chair of civil and environmental engineering at George Mason University, has been recognized by Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers with their 2010 Engineering Excellence Award. Goodings, who is originally from Canada, was advisor to the Clark School's Engineers Without Borders chapter and co-director of the Master of Engineering and Public Policy Program. She became chair of civil and environmental engineering at George Mason University in 2009.

Registration Now Open: 3rd Annual WIE DREAM Conference, February 26

All high school students are invited to attend the Clark School's Women in Engineering DREAM Conference on February 26, 2011. Through interactive workshops, discussions and demonstrations, participants will be immersed in an exciting learning environment with the goal of igniting interest in engineering. Students who attend and then are admitted to the Clark School are eligible for a DREAM Scholarship up to $2,500.

Great Expectations Spotlight: Giving to the Clark School Just Got Easier!

Check out the opportunities to give back to the Clark School on this new web site that makes contributing to the Clark School's mission that much easier. To learn more about the Great Expectations campaign and how you can make a difference through scholarships, fellowships, competitions and student activities, please contact Leslie Borak.

Clark School Alumni Spotlight: Alumnus Wins NASA Silver Snoopy Award

SchmidtEdward Schmidt (B.S. '77, mechanical engineering) received NASA's "Silver Snoopy" award for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety and mission success. He was a lead design engineer on all five Hubble Telescope servicing and repair missions. Schmidt is pictured at right, receiving the award from astronaut Richard Arnold (also a UM alum).

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!

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Thanks to Corporate Partner Whiting-Turner 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 Patrick Lafferty! Don't miss your chance to win the next t-shirt--send us your news today by emailing Josey Simpson.

Vince Gardina (B.A. '78, geography and M.S. '08, civil engineering) has been appointed to serve as head of the new Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability for Baltimore County.

Patrick Lafferty (B.S. '07, electrical engineering) is a patent attorney with Townsend and Townsend and Crew in Washington, D.C.

Charles H. Popenoe (B.S. '57, aeronautical engineering) founded Stress Indicators, Inc., producer of Smart Bolts. The company recently moved to Gaithersburg, Md., and won funding from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program to upgrade production.

Kenneth Robell (M.S. '87, aerospace engineering) has been appointed Salem Community College's mathematics and technology academic coordinator.

The Clark School Mourns the Passing of...

Over the past month, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Stottler, Jr. (B.S. '57, civil engineering).

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UMD Launches New Cybersecurity Center

Alumna Duong to Speak at Commencement

Bad Virus Put to Good Use

Takeuchi Elected APS Fellow

Fluid Dynamics Expert Joins Clark School

Becnel Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Military Engineers Honor Clark School Students

Former EWB Advisor Honored

Bhattacharyya, Wu Elected IEEE Fellows

High-Tech Solution to "Dirty Bomb" Threat

Media Coverage

Alum Les Kelly has an invention close to commercialization.

The New Zealand Herald features the Clark School's battery research.

The Washington Post profiles alum and rocker Vince Scheuerman and his new musical exploits.

WTTG (FOX, Washington, D.C.) covers the launch of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

Fast Company features work by Clark School researchers using a devastating plant virus to build better batteries.

ECE Chair and Maryland Cybersecurity Center Co-Director Pat O'Shea is quoted by NPR regarding the hack attacks by WikiLeaks supporters.

MSNBC and U.S. News & World Report cover the Clark School's better battery breakthrough.

Alum and former rocker Phil Wiser is profiled by Baltimore Magazine.

The mapleseed flyer is featured by BBC Radio (at 21:49 in the recording).

MSNBC's Cosmic Log blog features the mapleseed flyer.

ESPN unveils UM's new competitive eating team, formed by an environmental engineering student.

The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel's Jewel Barlow details the effects of a tornado on a home for The Baltimore Sun.

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