An accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, A. James Clark served as chairman and chief executive officer of Clark Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. The company's largest subsidiary, Clark Construction Group, LLC, is one of the largest construction companies in the United States.
The career of A. James Clark is a true American success story. As a young man, fresh out of the University of Maryland in 1950, he joined a small local general contracting company that later would bear his name in his honor. Over the course of the next sixty years, his leadership and vision transformed it into one of the largest construction companies in the nation.
In 1994, he established a $15 million endowment to name the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering, which subsequently became known as the A. James Clark School of Engineering. In 2005, he established a $30M gift to the A. James Clark Scholarship Endowment to provide financial support for Clark School undergraduate engineering students based on merit, need and diversity. His gift strengthened the university’s ability to attract the most talented students nationally and helped address the nation's shortage of highly trained engineers.
Inspired by his strong interest in the promise of biosciences and biotechnology, Clark recently donated $15 million to support the design and construction of the A. James Clark Hall. Slated to open in 2017, Clark Hall will serve as a hub for human health innovation and will be the 27th structure built by Clark Construction on the university’s College Park campus.
Clark has been the recipient of many academic, professional and civic honors. A strong supporter of education, he served as a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, a charter member of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board, and was an honorary Trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. He was also an Emeritus Trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the PGA Tour Golf Course Properties Advisory Board. He previously served on the Boards of Carr America Realty Corporation, GEICO Corporation, PEPCO Holdings, Inc. and Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). Clark was also a member of Phi Delta Theta.
His family includes his wife of 64 years, Alice Bratton Clark; two sons, Paul Clark and his wife Carroll Parrish of Mill River, Massachusetts and A. James Clark, Jr. of Bethesda, Maryland; a daughter, Courtney Clark Pastrick and husband R. Scott Pastrick also of Bethesda, Maryland; and ten grandchildren.
- 18 Associated General Contractors of America - Alliant Build America Awards
- 9 Associated Builders & Contractors - National Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards
- 5 Engineering News - Record Best of the Best Awards
- 14 Design - Build Institute of America Awards
9 Sustainability Awards
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University of Maryland:
A. James Clark graduates from the University of Maryland College of Engineering with a B.S. in Civil Engineering
Clark joins George Hyman Construction Company (now Clark Construction) as field engineer
Clark leads effort to build the University of Maryland's Chemistry Building and American Red Cross Headquarters
Clark is promoted to Vice President and General Manager of George Hyman Construction Company
Clark becomes President and CEO of Hyman Construction Company
|1977||Clark forms OMNI Construction to pursue non-union projects in the Washington, D.C. area|
|1990||Omni acquires Shirley Contracting Company and Guy F. Atkinson Construction|
|1994||Clark pledges $15 million to create the A. James Clark Centennial Endowment Fund in support of undergraduate engineering education. In recognition of this gift, the University of Maryland College of Engineering is renamed the A. James Clark School of Engineering|
|1996||Clark Construction Group is born when OMNI Construction and Hyman Construction merge|
|2002||Clark is inducted as an honorary member of American Society for Civil Engineers|
|2005||Clark establishes a Scholarship Endowment of $30 million to enrich the undergraduate engineering experience and to help solve the nation's shortage of highly trained engineers|
|2005||Clark is elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the development of project controls and construction equipment, the creation of a major construction firm, and support for engineering education"|
|2006||Clark Construction receives prestigious Honor Award from the National Building Museum|
|2006||Clark receives ASCE OPAL 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award for Construction for innovation and excellence in construction of civil engineering projects and/or programs|
|2006||The University of Maryland's Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, built by Clark Construction, is recognized by the Metro Washington and Virginia chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)|
|2008||Clark is honored with Centennial Medal by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at its 100th anniversary celebration in April 2008|
|2009||Clark is recognized as "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine|
|2009||Clark Construction is named Member Firm of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region|
|2009||Clark Enterprises, Inc., is named Washington, D.C.'s top corporate philanthropist by Washington Business Journal|
|2010||Clark Construction projects earn 19 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards for quality construction and excelling in the building trades in the Washington, D.C. area|
|2012||Clark pledges a gift of $15M, along with $6M gift from Dr. Robert Fischell, to construct A. James Clark Hall|
|2012||Four Clark Construction projects earn national honors from the Design-Build Institute of America|
|2012||Clark Construction earns national honors from Associated General Contractors for both construction and partnering|
|2013||Clark Construction is honored by Associated General Contractors with national safety excellence award|
|2013||Four Clark Construction projects are honored by Associated Builders & Contractors of Metropolitan Washington with Excellence in Construction Awards|
|2013||Clark Construction receives the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, Construction Category|
|2015||Clark Construction breaks ground for A. James Clark Hall|
Engineering Sustainability Student Poster Contest
Open to: All University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students.
Topics of Interest
This year’s workshop theme is The Energy and Water Nexus. Posters should address research in areas such as clean energy generation, the environmental impacts of the energy production chain on water resources, or reduced-energy water purification systems.
Due Date of Abstract Submission
Submit the abstract by email to Kyle Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit an abstract is April 11, 2013.
Decision on Acceptance
A maximum of 10 contestants will be chosen from among the submitted abstracts. Contestants selected to present a poster will be notified of the decision by April 13, 2013.
Author/Investigator information must include the student name, School/College affiliation, graduate vs. undergraduate standing, and name of supervising faculty. Include the title of the poster. The body of the abstract (excluding author/investigator information and title) must be limited to no more than 200 words.
Posters must be no more than 4 feet tall and must be set up in the poster session area between 8:00 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the day of the event, and removed no earlier than 4:00 p.m. and no later than 4:30 pm on the day of the event.
Judging of the posters by a panel of experts from industry and academia will be based on clarity of work, merit of research, creativity, presentation skills, and overall depth of subject knowledge.
- Graduate Student Prize: $200.00
- Undergrad Student Prize: $150.00
Poster Contest Date and Time
April 22nd, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Winners will be announced between 3:00 pm and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.
Poster Contest Location
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building (Bldg 225)
For inquiries regarding information on poster contest rules or submission, please email to Kyle Todd at email@example.com.
This Year's Workshop
Focus 2013: The Energy and Water Nexus Focus
April 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Kay Boardrooms and Rotunda
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD
Co-sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering, the University of Maryland Energy Research Center, the University of Maryland Office of Sustainability, and the University of Maryland Council on the Environment
The agenda for the workshop is as follows:
Morning Session: Unified Kay Boardrooms
|9:05-9:30||"The Energy and Water Nexus: An Overview" by Eric Wachsman, Director, University of Maryland Energy Research Center and the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research.|
|9:30-10:00||"Clean Energy from Fossil Fuels" by Robert Mroz, President and CEO, Hy-TEK Bio, LLC.|
|10:00-10:15||Morning Break with Poster Contest and Exhibitors – Kim Building Rotunda|
|10:15-10:45||"Solar Hot Water at UMD Dining Services" by Greg Thompson, Facilities-Dining Services, University of Maryland, College Park.|
|10:45-11:15||"Engineering a Sustainable Water Disinfection System in Rural Peru" by Kevin Hogan, Engineers Without Borders.|
|11:15-11:45||"WaterShed: How the Water and Energy Nexus Won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011" by David Daily, Scott Tjaden, and Nick Weadock, Student Team Members, University of Maryland Solar Decathlon Team|
|11:45-12:30||Keynote: "Opportunities in Energy-Water" by Amul Tevar, ARPA-E Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy.|
Light Lunch in the Rotunda
Poster Contest Entries
Exhibitors - Student Groups, Campus Programs and External Organizations
Afternoon Sessions: Parallel Speakers: Divided Kay Boardrooms
Kay Boardroom East
|1:00-1:15||"Miniaturizing the Air Conditioner In Your Back Yard" by Yunho Hwang, Associate Director, CEEE.|
|1:15-1:30||"MaxTech and Beyond: National Competition" by Yunho Hwang, Associate Director, CEEE.|
|1:30-1:45||"Methane Production from Source Separated Human Wastewater in Haiti" by Stephanie Lansing, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Technology.|
|1:45-2:00||"Alternative Sources of Inoculum to Increase Energy Production in Anaerobic Digesters" by Freddy Witarsa, Graduate Student, Environmental Science and Technology.|
|2:00-2:15||"Forage Radish Cover Crops Increases Renewable Energy Production of Dairy Digesters" by Ashley Belle, Graduate Student, Environmental Science and Technology.|
|2:15-2:30||"Realizing the potential of the Energy+Water+Ecology Nexus for Sustainability" by Dave Tilley, Associate Professor and Lab Director, Environmental Science and Technology.|
|2:30-2:45||Afternoon Break with Poster Contest and Exhibitors – Kim Building Rotunda|
Kay Boardroom West
|1:00-1:15||"Global Freshwater as Viewed from Space" by Barton Forman, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|1:15-1:30||"Energy Biotechnology: Harnessing Organisms to Synthesize Fuels and Chemicals" by Ganesh Sriram, Asst. Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.|
|1:30-1:45||“Membrane Technology as a Sustainable Solution for the Water-Energy-Environment Nexus” by Baoxia Mi, Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.|
|1:45-2:00||"Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy for Renewable Fuel Production" by Will Gibbons, Graduate Student, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.|
|2:00-2:15||"Prospects for Algae-Based Biofuels in Maryland" by Pat Kangas, Assoc. Professor, Environmental Science and Technology, and Director, Algal Ecotechnology Center.|
|2:15-2:30||"Designing a Sustainable World: A New I-Course" by Leigh Abts, Res. Assoc. Professor, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering.|
|2:30-3:00||Afternoon Break with Poster Contest and Exhibitors – Kim Building Rotunda|
Afternoon Session II: Unified Kay Boardrooms
- Announcement of the winners of the student poster competition and presentation of the winning posters.
- Solicitation of energy research, education, entrepreneurship, service project ideas from the audience.
- Conclusion of the workshop.
This Year's Workshop
Sustainability does not happen by chance. It must be engineered.
That’s why, each year on or near Earth Day in April, the Clark School invites its own faculty members and students, interested people from other University of Maryland schools, and guest speakers from industry and government, to come together for the Clark School’s Engineering Sustainability Workshop.
Please join us on April 22, 2013 to explore this year's theme: The Energy and Water Nexus.
The goal of the workshop is to present and propose ways to maximize technology's positive impact on the long-term availability of natural resources, and to minimize its negative impact. The workshop offers presentations, demonstrations, and discussions in which all may participate. At the conclusion of the workshop, a list is made of new ideas for sustainability initiatives proposed by attendees; this list will be posted on this website for future reference and possible development and execution.
We encourage all to join us and contribute new ideas for engineering sustainability.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Energy Research Center, the University of Maryland Council on the Environment, and the University of Maryland Office of Sustainability.
This is a free event. No registration required.
A Whiting-Turner Lecture: April 25, 2013
Warren Citrin, CEO of Redox Power Systems, LLC, will give a Whiting-Turner Lecture on April 25, 2013.
Warren Citrin co-founded Solipsys Corporation in March 1996. He was the CEO and a member of the Board of Solipsys from 1996 until the sale of the company to Raytheon Company in March 2003. Under his leadership, Solipsys grew to more than 200 employees with no debt or outside ownership. In May, 2003, he won the Ernst and Young award for Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year. Following the sale to Raytheon, Mr. Citrin was selected for membership to the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems oversight committee, which directs the efforts of over 12,000 employees worldwide. He held that position and remained as President and Board member of Raytheon Solipsys until leaving the company in April 2005, to start a new venture, Gloto Corp., which specializes in mobile technology for the entertainment and sports industry. Mr. Citrin has recently established the Warren Citrin Graduate Fellowships in Global Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering. In May 2012, he co-founded Redox Power Systems, LLC, a company specializing in advanced fuel cell power generation systems. Mr. Citrin is the CEO of Redox. That same year, he also founded Alchemee, LLC, a web based company with a retail loyalty application set for launch in May 2013.
Prior to his founding of Solipsys, Mr. Citrin was the assistant supervisor of the Engineering Analysis Group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). During his 18 years at JHU/APL, he contributed to the design and development of automatic signal processing and tracking systems for numerous surface and airborne combatant radar systems. From 1985 until 1996, Mr. Citrin led the design, development, and integration of what remains the U.S. Navy's premier radar network, the Cooperative Engagement Capability.
Mr. Citrin received a BSEE from the University of South Carolina in 1973 and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977. He holds patents in advanced military radar networking technology and for mobile phone applications.
Speaker: Warren Citrin, CEO of Redox Power Systems, LLC
Title: "Entrepreneurship and the Meaning of Life"
The lecture will be preceded by the dedication of the Stanley R. Zupnik Lecture Hall in the Kim Engineering Building. The reception will begin at 4:30 and the program will start at 5:00.
A "Transforming Energy" Lecture
by James Klausner
December 7, 2012
It is well known that the amount of solar energy striking a 500´500 kilometer portion of the earth is sufficient to meet the current energy demand of the entire planet. As such, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering has cited the economical capture and utilization of solar energy as one of the National Grand Challenges. Making fuels from sunlight is one of the strategic goals in the Department of Energy’s report, New Science for a Secure and Sustainable Energy Future. Because solar energy is an intermittent power source and the most suitable locations for solar power collection are desert regions and generally away from urban centers, it is essential that solar energy collection be coupled with energy storage technologies to be economical. Numerous storage solutions are being pursued, but the chemical storage of solar energy as a fuel is a superior concept due to the high energy density and the existing global infrastructure for fuel transport and storage. This talk will discuss a novel dual cavity, windowless, high temperature chemical reactor that converts concentrated solar thermal energy to Syngas, which is currently under development at the University of Florida. The cost effective, solar thermochemical production of Syngas, using an iron-based non-volatile metal oxide looping processes as a precursor for clean and carbon neutral synthetic hydrocarbon fuels such as methanol, methane, or synthetic petroleum, is the overarching project goal. The reactor uses water and recycled CO2 as the sole feed-stock and concentrated solar radiation as the sole energy source. Thus, the solar fuel is completely renewable and carbon neutral. A 5000 sun solar simulator has been developed as an energy driver for the thermochemical reactions. A highly reactive, high surface area iron-based porous structure has been synthesized using a magnetically stabilized bed sintering technique which has been used for coal-to-hydrogen conversion. A hybrid reactor kinetic model has been developed and validated over a number of cycles in laboratory scale reactors. The magnetically stabilized porous structure may also be used as a volumetric absorber and facilitate chemical storage for solar driven steam power plants. Ongoing work involving the high temperature looping process to convert coal to hydrogen will also be considered.
Dr. James F. Klausner currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His main focuses include: waste heat and solar driven, low temperature desalination; solar thermal energy driven synthetic fuel synthesis; heat exchangers for spacecraft; and high heat flux cooling. In addition to his position at ARPA-E, Dr. Klausner is a Newton C. Ebaugh Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida.
At the University of Florida, Dr. Klausner served as the Chair of the Energy Strategic Planning Committee from 2009-2012, Interim Director for Electronic Delivery of Graduate Education from 2006-2007, and as Coordinator for the Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics Research and Education Group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2002-2012. Within the academic engineering community, he is best known for his fundamental science contributions to thermal fluids energy transport. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, and the Open Journal for Thermodynamics. He has authored more than 100 technical publications in the thermal fluid sciences and is author of eight patents or patent applications.
Dr. Klausner received a B.S. in marine systems engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and 1989, respectively.