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l_zhu Dr. Liang Zhu
Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 220, UMBC
(410) 455-3332, zliang@umbc.edu
 d_arola Dr. Dwayne Arola
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 211, UMBC
(410) 455-3310, darola@umbc.edu
c_eggleton Dr. Charles Eggleton
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 205, UMBC
(410) 455-3334, eggleton@umbc.edu
 Dr. Anne Spence Dr. Anne Spence
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor of Practice
Engineering 213, UMBC
(410) 455-3308, aspence@umbc.edu
 Romero-Talamas Dr. Carlos Romero-Talamas
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 222, UMBC
(410) 455-8049, romero@umbc.edu
 Dr. Wendy He Dr. Wendy He
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Associate Professor of Physics, Engineering & Geosciences
SE 311A, Montgomery Community College, Rockville Campus
(240) 567-5229, wendy.he@montgomerycollege.edu

Based on available data in March 2017, since 2010 the program has supported 84 students with diverse backgrounds, including 20% African Americans, 15% Hispanics, 1% Native American, and 27% women. The connection with local community colleges and proactive recruitment strategy were particularly strong components of the program. Overall, 39% of the scholars were transfers from local community colleges. Among the 84 ME STEM scholars, 10 students did not get the scholarship renewal due to academic performance and/or health issues. The overall retention rate of our program is 88%, which is substantially higher than that of the control student group (40%). Providing research seminars and facilitating internships were also effective. The scholars had an average of 1.1 internships and/or research experiences over their S-STEM experience; 64% had at least one internship and/or research opportunity. So far up to March 2017, 49 scholars (average GPA at graduation 3.53/4.0) had completed the BS degree in ME, 27% are pursuing graduate degrees in an STEM major, 67% are now working in an STEM industry, 6% is still looking for job opportunity.

S-STEM Scholars

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Mechanical Engineering S-STEM scholars and their mentors in 2015

ME S-STEM Scholars Fall 2014

Mechanical Engineering S-STEM scholars and their mentors in 2014

Top Row: Wold, M., Ingham, C., Evans, T.
2nd Row: Dillon, P., Feldman, A.
3rd Row: Lucernoni, A., Saharkhiz, A., Vasiliades, L., Roberts, M
4th Row: Proctor, M.
5th Row: Cherry, B., Bendler, J., Johnson, L., Boateng, J., James, C., Glazier, K.
6th Row: Trentini, N., Hess, J., Crofoot, A., Zellhofer, C., Dr. A. Spence
7th Row: Dixon, J., Liu, Q., Demetrides, N., Forrestor, N., Rabush, K., Basbas, J., Dr. L. Zhu, Dr. C. Eggleton
8th Row: Mullen, C.

 

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Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Scholars and their Mentors in Fall 2011
Front row: Dr. Anne Spence
Second row: Chao Hou, Andrew Horton, Matt Parks, Julie Castaneoa, Annekia Hardind, Fri-Atsoh Achinmofor,Yasas Katumuluwa
Third row: Phillip Sinex, Randy Hober, Chris Wooten, Chelsea Stinson, Sarah Seering, Victoria Taylor,Hannah Piper
Fourth row: Vikesh Patel, James Yee, Alfred Irungo, Jonathan Wilson,Maleshia Jones
Fifth row: Vicent DiSalvo, Hiren Balsara , Michael Roberts, Dr. Charles Eggleton
Sixth row: Dr.Liang Zhu, David Mostiowitz, Sarah Kopytko (not shown)
Seventh row: Dr. Dwayne Arola, Luke Roberts, Jason Dunthorn, Julian Gomez-Jordon (not shown), Sean Brady (not shown)

S-STEM scholars graduated from our program

2016 – 2017 — Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars who graduated this year. Jezron Basbas (Unitec Electronics, MD), Ben Cherry, Christian Ingham (Graduate School, Carnegie Mellon University, PA), Anthony Lucernoni (Department of Justice), Angela Bartolomeo (Navel Research Lab, DC), Kyle Glazier, Keith Purvis (Graduate School, UMBC).

2015 – 2016 — Congratulations to 9 S-STEM scholars who graduated this year:  Michael Roberts (ARL, MD), Louis Vasiliades (Stanley Black and Decker, MD), Nicole Dementride (APL), Amirreza Saharkhiz  (Graduate School, UMBC), Nichole Forrester (NSA), Caroline Zellhofer (Graduate School, University of Maryland College Park), Qin Liu (Meridian Medical Technologies, MD), Amanda Crofoot (BAE Systems, MD), Avraham Feldman (Parsons Brinkerhoff and VP Engineering).

2014 – 2015 — Seven ME S-STEM scholars graduated from our program this year.  They are Khalid Lamaafi (KK Engineering LLC, MD), Chris Mullen (UMBC Graduate School), Jeremiah Hess (UMBC Graduate School), Matt Wold (Northrop Grumman, MD), Peter Dillon (Northrop Grumman, MD), and Jonathan Wilson (EPA Assessment Center, Washington DC).

2013 – 2014 — This year we have more than 9 S-STEM scholars graduated from our program.  They are Owen Abe (NAVSEA Command), Alfred Irungu (Stanley Black and Decker, MD), Yasas Katumuluwa (Johnson Marminran Thomson, MD), Vincent Di Salvo (Mueller Associate), Julian Gomez-Jordan (Northrop Grumman, MD), Steven Lavenstein (Johns Hopkins Graduate School), Matthew Parks (ICI Services, Washington DC), Irvin Rodriguez (Siemens, MD), David Morrison, Kabish Shah (Whiting Turner, MD),

2012 – 2013 – Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars who graduated in the past December 2012 and May 2013. Hiren Balsara and Randy Huber will continue to pursue their graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UMBC, while Maleshia Jones will be a graduate student at U. Penn. Other scholar are working in STEM industry, including WR Grace (Sean Brady), W.L. Gore & Associates (Israel Ilufoye), HGL Dynamics (Sarah Kopytko), Lockheed Martin (Hannah Piper), JMT (Sarah Seering), Army Evaluation Center (Christopher Wooten), Henry Adams LLC (David Moskowitz) and Siemens (James Yee).

2011 – 2012 – Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars who Graduated from our program and working in industry or pursuing graduate career: Jason Dunthorn (UMBC Graduate School), Andrew Horton (US Patent Office), Chao Hou (UMBC Graduate School), Vikesh Patel (GE Aviation), Chelsea Stinson (John Deere), Luke Roberts (UMCP Graduate School), and Phillip Sinex (Gannon University Graduate School).

2010 – 2011 – Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars who graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Program: Mr. Mariano Mumpower (Key Technologies), and Mr. Binh Tran (Simens).

S-STEM scholars profiles graduated from our program

Mr. Mariano MumpowerMr. Mariano Mumpower

Mr. Mariano transferred from the Community College of Baltimore County to the Mechanical Engineering Program in Spring 2009. Mr Mumpower maintained a 4.0/4.0 GPA at UMBC and graduated Summa Cum Laude from our undergraduate program in May 2011. Currently, Mr. Mumpower is a systems engineer at Key Technologies in Maryland.

 

 

Mr. Binh Tran

Mr. Binh Tran

After transferring from the Community College of Baltimore County to our program in Fall 2008, Mr. Binh Tran maintained a 3.9/4.0 UMBC GPA while working 40 hours/week. According to Mr. Tran, the financial assistance and faculty mentoring provided by the ME S-STEM program played an important role for his success at UMBC. Recently graduated Maga Cum Laude from our undergraduate program in May 2011, Mr. Tran is currently working as Systems Specialist at Siemens Industry, INC.