Alumni News

Leite Group Creates Nano-sized Super-absorber, Published in Advanced Optical Materials
Such nanoscale devices could be used on sensors, photo-detectors, optical filters and radar technologies. December 14, 2017

MSE Alumnus Charles M. Gilmore Remembered 
Dr. Gilmore (UMD '71) passed on October 9 of this year. October 27, 2017

University of Maryland School of Engineering Announces Unprecedented Investment from A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Building Together: An Investment for Maryland Will Transform UMD Through $219,486,000 Gift October 4, 2017

Empowering Voices in Engineering
Moving towards a more diverse and inclusive campus. September 28, 2017

MSE Alumnus Named UConn Tech Park Executive Director
S. Pamir Alpay completed his Ph.D. in 1999. September 14, 2017

Women Engineers Welcome Admitted Students
The Women in Engineering program hosted an admitted students reception on March 29, 2017. April 26, 2017

UMD Loop Speaks at NASA Goddard, Visits Local Motors
Following competition, UMD Loop showcases work with area organizations and recieves recognition as innovative student group. April 25, 2017

UMERC Awards Three New Wells Graduate Fellowships
The Wells fellowship supports new research in sustainable energy generation and/or storage. March 16, 2017

Covetics: Novel Carbon Nanostructure Embedded Class of Metals
MSE researchers explore full scale characterization in new hybrid material. January 30, 2017

Cumings and Drisko Published in Nature Communications
Small defects can make whole materials frustrated. January 13, 2017

MSE Alumni Wins MRS Graduate Student Silver Award
Former MSE Student Josh Taillon was honored at the Fall 2016 Materials Research Society Meeting. January 3, 2017

UMD Researchers Find Ultra-thin Solution to Primary Obstacle in Solid-State Battery Development
Clark School researchers are developing game-changing solid-state battery technology December 19, 2016

MSE Research Team Wins Seed Grant Funding for Novel Sensor Technology
Drs. Oded Rabin, Robert Briber and Xin Zhang will utilize funding to develop fiber-optic sensor. December 12, 2016

Scientists blend coinage metals to obtain alloys better than gold
Scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a novel method for altering the light reflected or absorbed by a material by match-making combinations of gold, silver, and copper into various mixtures of metals, or alloys. April 20, 2016

UMD Students Head to SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend
UMD led team aims to build cutting edge prototype for the next generation of transportation. January 13, 2016

University of Maryland Faculty, Alumni Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows
Inductees recognized for prolific spirit of innovation. December 15, 2015

The “Warhol Batteries”

Leite Lab advances the understanding of aluminum electrodes in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries December 2, 2015

Leonard to be Honored for Cooperative Control Innovations
Alumna Naomi Leonard to be inducted into Innovation Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. October 15, 2015

New Software Will Enhance Materials Science and Engineering’s Undergraduate Program
UMD wins one of six computational design toolkits from ASM International. June 9, 2015

High Energy at Extreme Battery Center’s First Meeting
New research center expands scope and draws regional experts. June 1, 2015

Chang Wins Outstanding ASPIRE Research Award
MSE senior recognized for work toward improving efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. May 8, 2015

Food Safety, Energy Storage & Video Authentication Inventions Honored at Awards Ceremony
Three Clark School innovations win UMD Invention of the Year Awards April 30, 2015

Lacey Wins Nat'l Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Award supports graduate student’s study of printed and flexible electronics and batteries. April 23, 2015

Center for Research in Extreme Batteries officially opens
Teaming with UMD and NIST, the Army Research Laboratory launches its center for research in advanced battery materials. April 17, 2015

Rubloff One of 9 Finalists for UMD Invention of the Year
Office of Technology Commercialization to announce winners at the Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships, April 29. March 24, 2015

NIST Highlights Leite’s “Battery Perimortems"
New imaging technique explains why aluminum anodes fail. March 10, 2015

Understanding Battery Failure in Realtime, at the Nanoscale
Microscopy technique reveals why and how aluminum anodes fail in Li-ion batteries. February 23, 2015

Hanrahan, Waits, Ghodssi paper selected as JMM 'Highlight of 2014'
Raceways fabrication technique caps 25 years of microball bearing research for Ghodssi research group. February 9, 2015

Alumnus Named “Breakthrough Star” by University of South Carolina
Jason Hattrick-Simpers (Ph.D. ’07) is a professor of chemical engineering. February 6, 2015

MSE Alumnus Appointed Chair of Mechanical Eng. at Temple U.
Harsh Deep Chopra (Ph.D. ’93) has high hopes for growing department. December 8, 2014

MSE Alumnus Receives Inaugural Clark School Early Career Award
Nagarajan Valanoor (Ph.D. '01) honored at recent ceremony. December 1, 2014

Cooking With Materials Science
Helen Lan helps U.S. Army design a safer, more efficient kitchen burner. November 20, 2014

ASPIRE Award Supports Undergrad’s Solar Cell Research
Allen Chang is developing alloyed nanoparticles designed to boost performance, reduce costs. November 12, 2014

Searching for Replacements for Rare Earth Elements in Permanent Magnets
Fackler’s exploration of vicalloy using combinatorial materials synthesis wins awards. October 23, 2014

MSE Alumnus Wins IEEE Young Investigator Award
Nagarajan Valanoor recognized for work in ferroelectrics. August 15, 2014

Materials Science Alumna Wins University’s Distinguished Dissertation Award
Jane Cornett (Ph.D. ’13) recognized for work in thermoelectrics. May 8, 2014

UMD Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence in Reliability Engineering
The Center for Risk and Reliability hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Maryland's Reliability Engineering Education Program on April 2, 2014. April 25, 2014

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Honorable Mentions
MSE alumnus and current students recognized by National Science Foundation. April 24, 2014

Alumnus’ Self-Healing Catalyst Featured in Chemical & Engineering News
Hattrick-Simpers reports new strategy for preventing oxidation and waste. April 18, 2014

“Milestone for Atomic Layer Etching” Highlighted by AVS
UMD–IBM’s new technique is precise, controlled, and self-limiting. February 6, 2014

Clark School, Alumni Association to Host Alumni Cup Competition
Hands-on design competition challenges students to apply engineering principles. February 5, 2014

Three Clark School Students Named 2013-2014 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars
Clark School undergraduates Rohrbach, Yanes and Yep named 2013-2014 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars November 21, 2013

What's Materials Science? High School Students Spend the Day with MSE to Find Out!

Precollege students get hands-on experience at LEAD Academy.   August 13, 2013

Alumna Wins Chapman Fellowship
Elyse Canosa (B.S. '08) studies conservation science at University of Arizona. July 23, 2013

"Battery Made of Wood" Featured on National Public Radio (Audio)
Professor and alumnus interviewed for Morning Edition. July 17, 2013

Micro-turbine research on cover of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Ghodssi, Hanrahan and colleagues document the efficacy of using integrated retainer rings in tiny MEMS turbines. June 5, 2013

Micro-turbo-generator research featured in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Researchers from MSAL produce the first demonstration of an integrated permanent-magnet micro-turbo-generator supported on micro-ball bearings. May 28, 2013

Atoms-Thick Coating Ready for First Test on Silver Artifact
Science covers efforts to protect objects in Walters Art Museum collection. April 19, 2013

Wuttig Honored at National Meeting of the Materials Research Society
Professor's 80th birthday, career celebrated in special symposium. April 10, 2013

Alumna Appointed Branch Chief at Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Diane Jackson (B.S. '92, nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering) leads Geoscience and Geotechnical Engineering Branch 2. March 15, 2013

Alumnus Appointed Head of UConn Materials Science and Engineering
S. Pamir Alpay (Ph.D. '99, materials science and engineering) leads new department. March 15, 2013

Alumnus Wins Graduate Student Mentorship Awards
Professor Nagarajan Valanoor (Ph.D. '01) recognized for excellence in mentorship. January 24, 2013

Alumnus Interviewed by the Financial Times
Arun Luykx discusses why engineers make good entrepreneurs. December 14, 2012

Janiak Named Kauffman Fellow
Alumnus, former Fischell Fellow in prestigious venture capital program. August 30, 2012

Alumna Named International Nuclear Safety Attaché
Nuclear Regulatory Commission appoints Cynthia Jones to oversee program and policy oversight. June 29, 2012

Electron Microscopy Inspires Flexoelectric Theory Behind "Material on the Brink"
Takeuchi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory make new discoveries about unique, lead-free piezoelectric material. June 4, 2012

Olatunji Godo, B.S. '11, Establishes Biomedical Research Scholarship
Annual award to support bioengineering, chemical engineering and materials science and engineering students. May 2, 2012

Energy Team Turns in Strong Performance at $75K Business Plan Competition
RedOx takes second place in division, wins Warren Citrin Social Impact Award. April 26, 2012

2011-2012 MSE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies. April 20, 2012

Hunter Profiled in Annual Report
Alumnus, former Sloan Scholar recognized as "resilient member of NACME Continuum." March 23, 2012

Team MSE Takes 3rd in Alumni Cup Competition
Students demonstrate design skills, hard work, sense of humor and school spirit in inaugural competition. February 27, 2012

Gaither Wins NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship
Alumnus will investigate silicon fatigue at NIST. January 30, 2012

MSE@UMD Grads: The Next Generation of Faculty, Part 3
Shenqiang Ren (Ph.D. '09): The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas December 5, 2011

MSE@UMD Grads: The Next Generation of Faculty, Part 2
Jason Hattrick-Simpers (Ph.D. '07): Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. December 2, 2011

MSE@UMD Grads: The Next Generation of Faculty, Part 1
Parag Banernjee (Ph.D. '11): Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. November 30, 2011

Takeuchi, Hunter in Nature Communications
Researchers report discovery of new magnetostrictive material. November 2, 2011

Lidie Wins SMART Scholarship
Program includes tuition, stipend, internships, and employment. May 16, 2011

Oehrlein Receives IBM Faculty Award
Gift recognizes importance of nanofabrication research to electronics industry. September 14, 2010

Rubloff Team Invention of the Year Could Revolutionize Electronics
Electrostatic nanocapacitors are high-powered, easy to manufacture. May 4, 2010

Feodor Lynen Fellow Joins MSE and IREAP
Evelina Vogli to study use of plasma in specialized coating production. April 6, 2010

Rubloff Team Wins $2.8M Army Grant
Funds support design of nano-tech coherent dielectric barriers for quantum computing. December 14, 2009

Alumnus Publishes Book on Plasma Etching
Sebastian Engelmann (Ph.D. '08) outlines improvements to nanoscale device manufacturing. November 3, 2009

Alumnus Appointed CTO of PetroBeam
Walter Chappas works in global petroleum industry. February 10, 2009

Reducing Our Lead Footprint
Clark School engineers discover new material to reduce lead in electronics, landfills. November 18, 2008

Nuclear Program Alumnus Takes Sr. Position at Thorium Power
Claudio Filippone named Senior Director of Nuclear Technology. July 18, 2008

Kofinas, Janiak Take 1st Place in Business Plan Competition
Intelligent Packaging Systems receives $15K for further development. May 15, 2008

Nanocenter Team Among Invention of the Year Finalists
Team places 3rd in competition. May 8, 2008

Engineering Videos Win in Vid/Terp Competition
Aero grad students' autonomous vehicle video takes first, others receive honorable mentions. April 24, 2008

Open House Attracts Prospective Students, MSE Majors
Guests introduced to MSE faculty, program, facilities and students. April 16, 2008

Fu, Janiak Finalists in Annual $50K Business Plan Competition
Kofinas Group members submit bioengineering-themed concepts. April 9, 2008

Cumings Group Invents New Microscopy Technique
Electron thermal microscopy allows real-time tests of nanoscale devices in situ. March 7, 2008

MSE Alumni Present at WIE Conference
Flanagan, McCann talk materials, Micron with prospective students. February 18, 2008

Special Panel Discusses Future of Oil, Nuclear Energy
Experts provide industry, military, and national perspectives. December 7, 2007

Rabin Joins Faculty
Professor to hold joint appointment with IREAP. August 16, 2007

Dale Family Creates Four-Year Scholarship
Fund to support students in ME, BioE, and ECE, aid Great Expectations campaign. August 2, 2007

In Memoriam: Dr. Dick Duffey
Alumnus and former professor established nuclear engineering program. February 8, 2007

Materials Camp Will Help Teachers Innovate
Sessions seek to improve K-12 education, inspire students. June 22, 2006

MSE Graduate Student Wins Best Poster Award
Israel Perez honored at MEMS Alliance Special Topics Symposium. April 4, 2006