Bioengineering Alumni News
Hyunmin Yi (Ph.D. '03, chemical engineering) has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. At Maryland, Yi was advised by Fischell Department of Bioengineering professor and chair William E. Bentley, and later worked as a postdoctoral research associate for Department of Materials Science and Engineering professor Gary Rubloff.
John March (Ph.D. '05, chemical engineering), formerly advised by BioE Professor and Chair William Bentley, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.
Former Fischell Fellow Dan Janiak (B.S. '04 and Ph.D '09, materials science and engineering) has joined the staff of DFJ Mercury, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Houston, Tx., specializing in technology tranfer and incubation. Read DFJ Mercury's press release »
Chris Perrygo (M.S. '00, biological resources engineering) has been appointed Executive Director of Sabre Systems, Inc., a technology solutions company that provides IT support, engineering, program management, software development and training to its clients. In his new role, he will oversee the IT and information management support team that serves the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, Md., while continuing to provide program management support to other IT and software engineering projects.
Assistant Professor Pinar Akcora (Ph.D. '05, chemical engineering), formerly advised by BioE Professor Peter Kofinas, has joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in Hoboken, N.J. The NSF-CAREER award-winning alumna currently studies the self-assembly and self-healing properties of nanoparticles. Her research group is creating "smart materials" with unique properties that could be tailored to resist damage under harsh conditions, or from the everyday wear that affects the coatings, films and paints used in consumer products. Before coming to SIT, Akcora was a member of the University of Missouri—Columbia faculty. You can learn more about her work in the official SIT press release and in a research feature on the school's web site.
A paper written by John March (Ph.D. '05, chemical engineering), formerly advised by Fischell Department of Bioengineering Professor and Chair William Bentley, was featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Engineered bacterial communication prevents Vibrio cholerae virulence in an infant mouse model" describes the use of E. coli that has been modified to communicate with cholera bacteria, halting the progression of the disease. March is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.
Dean Berlin (M.S. '09, bioengineering) attended the Organizing for America's National Health Care Forum on August 20, 2009, highlighting President Obama's presentation and response to questions from a group of about 50 people. Dean has been featured in one of the administration's TV spots for its health care plan, and was very active in the Obama campaign and its follow-up efforts. He can be seen sitting behind the President (back left, in front of flag) in the movie on the forum website.
Jeff Goldberg (B.S. '98, biological resources engineering) is the founder and CEO of Cali Bamboo, a provider of a wide variety of eco-friendly bamboo building products, including rugs, paneling, floors, window blinds, thatch, and fences. The company was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the California's fastest-growing companies. More »
Michele E. Gehring (B.S. '98, biological resources engineering) is one of the two principals of Coterie Environmental LLC, a new consulting firm specializing in environmental services for industrial and government clients who operate combustors, solid waste incinerators, and boilers. More »
James Bok Wong (B.S. '49, agricultural engineering, and B.S. '50, chemical engineering), a WWII veteran who served with the Flying Tigers, has published a novel titled Silk Tiger, set shortly before the outbreak of China's civil war.
Hugh W. Wilkerson (B.S. '52, agricultural engineering and B.S. '53, civil engineering), 80, died on Nov. 6, 2008 at his home in Maryland. More »
Charles J. Powers (B.S. '77, agricultural engineering), global director of Water Resource Industry and Product Management for the Pumps Division at Flowserve Corp., was interviewed by Waterworld about the wastewater industy. More »
Patricia Frounkelker (neé Scott, B.S. '03, biological resources engineering) was one of fewer than 30 Federal employees named as finalists for a 2008 Service to America Medal. Frounfelker, an Army Research Laboratory engineer who works for the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground, was cited for her work's contribution to improving the safety of troops in and around tactical vehicles such as tanks, Strykers, and Bradleys. More »
Marcus LaChapelle (B.S. '01, biological resources engineering) has joined his father Bud in running the family's Broadneck Pharmacy, located in Arnold, Md. After graduating from the University of Maryland College Park, LaChapelle attended the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Pharmacy. He graduated with a Pharm.D. in 2007.
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