Student Awards Ceremony, Spring 2008


Friday, May 9, 2008
11:30 am

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland

For more information, please contact:
Felicia Stephenson, Phone: 301-405-5297 | Email: felicia@umd.edu

2008 Award Recipients

Undergraduate Awards

A. James Clark School of Engineering Deam's Award
Presented to a senior for academic excellence, leadership and service to the Clark School.

  • Rachel Kerzner

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Senior Award
Presented to the senior member who has contributed most to the student chapter.

  • Robert Newby

Department of Mechanical Engineering Academic Achievement Award
Awarded to the junior in mechanical engineering who has attained the highest overall academic average.

  • Bradley Eisenberg

Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair’s Award
Presented for excellence in academics, outstanding service to the department, or leadership in the department.

  •  Stephanie Karpovitch
  • Rachel Kerzner

Department of Mechanical Engineering Service Award
Awarded for outstanding service to the department, or leadership in the department.

  • Mark Bellingham
  • Jonathan Chung
  • Marisa Cicale

Dinah Berman Memorial Award
Presented to an engineering student who has combined academic excellence with demonstrated leadership or service to the Clark School as a freshman and sophomore.

  • Bradley Eisenberg

Goldwater Scholarship
This prestigious honor is awarded to university students based on academic merit. The number of scholarships awarded is related to the number of Congressional districts in the student’s state of permanent residence. Ms. Bradshaw is the only recipient of this prominent award on the University of Maryland College Park campus. More>>

  • Heather Bradshaw

Hoffman Scholarship
This fund was created by Richard M. Hoffman, a 1972 Business and Management alumnus, in honor of his parents Leon D. and Virginia M. Hoffman, Jr. The scholarship supports two Maryland residents, either juniors or seniors, enrolled in Mechanical Engineering in the Clark School, who also maintain a GPA of 3.0 and have a special interest in Physics.

  • Mahdie Eydgahi
  • Sarah Grice

Kim A. Borsavage and Pamela J. Stone Student Award for Outstanding Service
The award was established in May 1995 by an anonymous donor, in honor of Kim A. Borsavage and Pamela J. Stone to publicly recognize their dedicated service to the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The award is given to a student in the A. James Clark School of Engineering who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service.

  • Heather Bradshaw

Pi Tau Sigma Memorial Award
Presented to the PTS senior who has made the most outstanding contributions to the University.

  • Catherine Wienke

Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Service Award
Presented to a PTS member for outstanding service and contributions to the student chapter.

  • Kevin Brilhart

Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Sophomore Award
Presented to the PTS sophomores who have attained the highest scholastic average.

  • Eric Alvees De Sa
  • Ethan Schaler

Truman Award
The $30,000 merit-based scholarship is presented each year to college juniors, from across the country, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service. More>>

  • Phillip Hannan

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Graduate Awards

Student of the Year Award (DOT/FAA)
Students from over 60 universities participate in FAA Corp of Engineers’ projects, and the prestigious Student of the Year award is presented to one student from each of seven Centers of Excellence. Students are honored for their achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. The award includes a DOT or FAA internship provision.

  • Katrina Groth

The A. James Clark School of Engineering Fellowship Award
This fellowship award supplements teaching assistantships and research assistantships.

  • Omar Abdelaziz
  • Timothy Fitzgerald
  • Suvajoti Guha
  • Chao Hu
  • Weiwei Hu
  • Headley Jacobus
  • Rebecca Kokes
  • Hynseok Oh
  • Chenren Shao
  • Jessica Sheehan
  • Atul Thakur
  • Marcelo Valdez
  • Charles Wright
  • Zhao Zhang

Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
The Sloan Fellowships were established in 1955 to provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars, and to identify those who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge.

  • Pedro Quintero

Amelia Earhart Fellowship
The fellowship memorializes famed air pioneer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. By remembering Amelia Earhart through this fellowship, Zonta International encourages and supports women to expand their horizons by pursuing aerospace-related sciences and aerospace engineering.

  • Gayatri Cuddalorepatta

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
Awarded based on the likelihood of the student’s completing the dissertation during the fellowship year, the quality of the student’s work, and the potential contribution/significance of the dissertation to the student’s field of research.

  • Ahmed A. Abdelhafez
  • Yuxiang Liu
  • Ying Shi

ARCS Fellowship
The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to outstanding students pursuing degrees in science and engineering.

  • James Diorio

ASHRAE Scholarship
This scholarship was created by ASHRAE to support outstanding graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who are specializing in the HVAC area.

  • Ebrahim Al-Hajri
  • Mohamed Al-Shehhi

Best M.S. Thesis

  • Silas Nesson

Best Ph.D. Dissertation

  • Mian Li

C. Raymond Knight/ARINC Scholarship

  • Robin Berthier

C. Raymond Knight Endowed Scholarship
Mr. C. Raymond Knight endowed this fund to support the recruitment of academically talented students for the reliability engineering program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Student recipients are selected based on academic merit.

  • Pingfeng Wang

Charles Hutchins Educational Grant
The $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field.

  • Gayatri Cuddalorepatta

Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering
This is a competitive doctoral fellowship awarded to a student who submits a business plan describing their ideas to develop and market a medical device or system that will improve health. Although Mr. Dandin is in the Biomedical Engineering department, he is co-advised by Prof. Elizebeth Smela of Mechanical Engineering. More>>

  • Marc Dandin

Future Faculty Fellow Program
The Future Faculty Fellow program has been introduced to increase the number of Clark School Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic positions – in particular faculty positions in prestigious engineering schools. In addition, the Program is intended to improve the preparation of students for academic careers so that they can better succeed once they obtain such a position. Students admitted to the program are designated as Future Faculty Fellows. The program is highly selective. Fellows are chosen based on motivation for becoming a faculty member and potential for securing a tenure-track faculty position at a top-50 engineering school.

  • Omar Abdelaziz
  • Arvind Ananthanarayanan
  • Edvin Cetegen
  • Gayatri Cuddalorepatta
  • Payam Delgoshaei
  • Timothy Fitzgerald
  • Reza Kazemi-Tabriz
  • Yuxiang Liu
  • Eric A. Maxeiner
  • Vincent Nguyen
  • Masoud Rabiei
  • Danial Shahmirzadi

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Hulka Energy Fellowship
This fellowship was awarded to in support of Ms. Kermani’s research towards the "Cooling of Photovoltaic Arrays for High Efficiency Solar Energy Conversion Systems", to establish a more economic and eco-friendly power generation base.

  • Elnaz Kermani

Litton Fellowship
This award was established by Litton Industries to support outstanding full-time graduate students in pursuit of a doctorate degree in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and who are committed to a teaching career in engineering education.

  • Steven DeCaluwe

NSF Bridge Fellowship
The Bridge to Doctorate Program is an extension of our Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Grant. It supports students who attended LSAMP institutions as undergraduates and who later want to pursue a graduate education. The overall mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students who receive doctoral degrees in science or engineering.

  • Sophoria Westmoreland

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The fellowship provides students with three years of funding for research-focused Master’s and PhD degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.

  • Rebecca Kokes
  • Jessica Sheehan

Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
The Pi Tau Sigma Teaching Assistant Appreciation Award is presented to a TA for their excellent dedication and contributions to teaching undergraduate students. This award is bestowed each semester to the most qualified candidate.

  • Mary Vechery (Spring 2007)
  • Philip Knowles (Fall 2007)

Suez Energy Fellowship (formerly Trigen Fellowship)
This fellowship was established by Trigen-Cinergy Solutions of College Park, LLC, to provide an operating fund to support a graduate fellowship in energy conversion through the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering and eight undergraduate scholarships. Junior and senior electrical and mechanical engineering students were selected on the basis of academic merit and a demonstrated interest in studying energy conversion.

  • Kyle Gluesenkamp
  • Varun Singh

Willie Webb Award
The Miss Willie M. Webb Reliability Engineering Fellowship Endowment was established in 2004 by Ms. Willie M. Webb. This endowment provides an annual scholarship for a graduate reliability engineering student, enrolled in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, who has demonstrated interest and experience in increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in engineering.

  • Danielle Chrun
  • Ying Shi

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