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University of Maryland

Commencement

DECEMBER 19 & 20, 2009






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in 2010 with funding from

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ORDER OF COMMENCEMENT



January 24, 2010

Presiding

Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr.

Master of Ceremonies

Mr. James. N. Newton



Processional

University of Maryland Concert Band
Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, Conductor

Moment of Reflection

The Reverend Dr. Peter M. Antoci
University Chaplain

National Anthem

Mr. Patrick Cook
Mr. Rishabh Bajekal

Greetings

Mr. Thomas G. Slater
University System of Maryland
Board of Regents



Cole Student Activities Building



1:00 p.m.



Introduction of Speaker

Ms. Jessica Rindos

Chair, Commencement Speaker

Selection Committee

Address

Mr. James F. Pitts

Corporate Vice President and President

Electronic Systems

Northrop Grumman Corp.

University of Maryland Alumni
Association Induction

Mr. Marvin H. Rabovsky '8 1

Past President

Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors

Message to the Graduates

Dr. Mote

Presentation of Colleges and Schools

Deans



All-Student Gift Presentation

Mr. Shawn Malhotra



Conferring of Degrees

Dr. Mote



Remarks to the Graduates

Ms. Talia Lewis
Graduating Senior



Alma Mater

Mr. Cook
Mr. Bajekal



Recessional

University of Maryland Concert Band



FLOOR SEATING ARRANGEMENT for


GRADUATION in COLE STUDENTS ACTIVITIES BUILDING


STAGE


Behavioral & Social Sciences


Marshals


Chemical & Life Sciences


Faculty


Computer, Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Ph.D. Candidates


Education


Agriculture & Resources


A. James Clark School of Engineering


Architecture, Planning & Preservation


Information Studies


Arts & Humanities


Philip Merrill College of Journalism


Robert H. Smith School of Business


Public Health




Public Policy





BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES



m ongratulations on your graduation from the University of Maryland! This

M milestone should bring great satisfaction to you, your family and friends. It is

^^^^ mm0 ^f no small feat. I know that your feelings about your Maryland experience will
blossom in the years ahead.

Your time at the university has been filled with new ideas, challenges and opportunities.
You have probably discovered that the greatest learning comes from asking the right
questions. The hardest questions, of course, have no "right answers," but they are important
steps toward understanding. You will find this realization important in your life ahead.

The University of Maryland has offered you opportunities to expand your interests and
horizons. I hope that you took hill advantage of them and that they have opened your eyes
and many doors, too. You have made friends and found mentors who will continue to add
value to your life in remarkable ways.

As you leave us, I would like you to know how much the faculty and staff respect your
accomplishments as scholars, artists, athletes and leaders. You have enriched our university's
life and have helped Maryland climb to higher levels of distinction. We welcome you into the
alumni family, a truly special group.

I hope that you will stay connected to us and take full advantage of the benefits of being
an alum. Stay involved with us and help new generations of students develop their futures.
You can do this by returning to campus often, starting with Maryland Day 2010 on April 24.

You have my very best wishes for all your future plans. We are proud of each and every
one of you. Stay in touch. Go Terps!




Yours sincerely,




C. D. Mote, Jr.
President



WINTER COMMENCEMENT



MESSAGE FROM THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION




Dear Graduates,

On behalf of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, I am thrilled to
extend heartfelt congratulations to you upon achieving this academic milestone.
Today, when you reach for your diploma, you will receive a torch — the legacy of
excellence that Maryland alumni have carried for more than 150 years. Hold it high, displaying
your Terrapin pride for all to see.

It is my hope that in the years to come you will shine your light on your alma mater by
sharing your newfound expertise and ideas. In turn, Maryland will continue to educate the
country's brightest students, pursue cutting-edge research, explore the arts and defend our athletic
titles — we will make you proud to be a Terp.

Along with this commitment, the alumni association is pleased to give you a complimentary
one-year association membership as a graduation gift.

Alumni association membership provides instant access to:

• social and professional networking events at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, your
new home address at the university

• health insurance and financial services — tangible benefits designed to ease your transition
into life after college

• access to TerpNation, an online social and career network exclusive to Maryland grads

• Terp magazine, connecting alumni with the university

Most importantly, it demonstrates your dedication to Maryland and those who will follow
in your footsteps.

Best of luck to you and thank you for displaying your Terp spirit as you take your place in
our alumni family. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Riggs Alumni Center.



Sincerely,

Danita D. Nias 'SI

Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development



UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



TABLE OF CONTENTS




University of Maryland

Commencement • December 19 & 20, 2009



1 Congratulations from
the President

2 Message from the
Alumni Association

4 Alma Mater and Floor
Seating Chart

5 Order of Commencement

6 Graduating Student Speaker

7 Commencement Speaker

8 Schedule of Events

10 Map of Ceremony Locations

11 Maryland's Momentum

12 The University of Maryland

16 August Graduate Degrees

30 August Undergraduate
1 )egrees

36 Candidates for December
Graduate Degrees

53 Candidates for December
Undergraduate Degrees

67 Honors and Scholars

72 Student Marshals

73 University Officials

74 Board of Trustees

75 Commencement Officials
and Staff



WINTER COMMENCEMENT



ALMA MATER AND FLOOR SEATING



Saturday, December 19, 2009 • Comcast Center • 7:00 p.m.



Floor Seating Arrangement
for Graduates in Comcast Center



MARSHALS

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, & PRESERVATION

ARTS & HUMANITIES

BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES

COMPUTER, MATHEMATICAL &
PHYSICAL SCIENCES

INDIVIDUAL STUDIES



The Winter Graduates



Candidates for degrees




Most popular master's programs






Business and Management


4(16


For December 2009:




E-Master's of Business




Bachelor's


553










Administration


171


Master's


468


Education, Curriculum




Doctoral


186










and Instruction


152


Total


1,207


Library and Information




For August 2009:




Sciences


1 16


Bachelor's


1,552


Engineering


106


Master's


739






1 loi coral


375


Most popular doctoral degrees






Electrical Engineering


42


I otal


2,666










Music


2')


Most popular bachelor'


5 degrees


Physics


28


Criminal [ustice


453


Mechanical Engineering


27


Economics


443


Chemistry


21


1 in in. i


376


Data Source: Warehouse data




Government and Politics


316


( )jjice of Institutional Research,




Psychology


332


Planning •mtl Assessment
Nov II. 2009





FACULTY

A. JAMES CLARK SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

CHEMICAL & LIFE SCIENCES

EDUCATION

INFORMATION STUDIES

PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM

PUBLIC HEALTH

PUBLIC POLICY

ROBERT H. SMITH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS



Alma Mater

Hail! Alma Mater

Hail to thee, Maryland!

Steadfast in loyalty,

For thee, we stand.

Love for the Black and Gold

Deep in our hearts we hold.

Singing thy praise forever,

Throughout the land.



JNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



ORDER OF COMMENCEMENT



December 19, 2009 • Comcast Center • 7:00 p.m.



Presiding

Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr.
President

Master of Ceremonies

Mr. James N. Newton

Processional

University of Maryland Concert Band
Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, Conductor

Invocation

The Reverend Kim Capps
United Methodist Chaplain

National Anthem

The Ten Tenors

Greetings

Mr. Clifford M. Kendall

Chair, University System of Maryland

Board of Regents

All-Student Gift Presentation

Mr. Shawn Malhotra

Remarks to the Graduates
Ms. Talia Lewis
Graduating Senior

Musical Selection

"Here's to the Heroes"
The Ten Tenors

Introduction of Speaker

Ms. Jessica Rindos
Chair, Commencement
Speaker Selection Committee



Address

Mr. James F. Pitts

Corporate Vice President and President, Electronic Systems

Northrop Grumman Corp.

University of Maryland Alumni Association Induction

Dr. Steven M. Rotter '82

President

Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors

Message to the Graduates

Dr. Mote

Presentation of Colleges and Schools

Deans

Conferring of Degrees

Dr. Mote

Alma Mater

The Ten Tenors

Recessional

University of Maryland Concert Band




/INTER COMMENCEMENT 5



GRADUATING STUDENT SPEAKER




Talia Lewis



Talia Lewis came to Maryland planning to lay the foundation to become a pedi-
atric oncologist. She leaves with an even more ambitious goal: tackling health-
care inequities on a global scale.
She wasn't interested in an undergraduate degree in science, so with help
from the university's Individual Studies program, Lewis created a bachelor's in health, culture
and inequality studies. The Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar and University Honors student
also earned a reputation as a passionate voice for people who can't advocate for themselves.

"The overarching theme of my experience at Maryland is that it really turned me on to
social justice issues," she says.

Lewis attended a private, Jewish day school in a quiet Philadelphia suburb. She was attracted
to Maryland because of its diversity: "I found that I had so much to learn from others."

In that spirit, she led an alternative spring break trip to Los Angeles. There, she and 15 peers
volunteered at a homeless shelter and with an after-school program for at-risk youth. She also
learned about family medicine and inner-city clinic work by shadowing a family doctor in Bal-
timore. Her senior thesis is on organ trafficking.

"I found out about it through an anthropology course," she says. "I am synthesizing the
research I gathered in order to construct a public health approach ... to develop solutions."

Her eclectic mix of courses, such as organic chemistry and gender and globalization, led
Lewis to conduct research in a Department of Animal and Avian Science lab and round out her
experience as a founder of the Women's Jewish Alliance at Maryland. The student group held
a conversation with Muslim women this fall to foster understanding and connect around their
similarities.

Praised for her contagious energy, Lewis plans to study medicine somewhere that has a focus
on international health and/or social justice. Her goal is to become a family doctor for under-
served communities in America and abroad.

"Talia has a genuine desire ... to find ways to make a difference in the world," says Joan Bur-
ton, Individual Studies director.



UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER



James F. Pitts knows the tactical and business sides of defense technology. As a successful
engineer, he holds several patents for electronic warfare techniques. As corporate vice
president and president of Electronic Systems at Northrop Grumman Corp., he works with
the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to develop equipment and systems
for airspace management, navigation and communications as well as precision weapons.

He's spent his career at Northrop's Electronic Systems, which earns nearly $7 billion in annual
sales and has 22,000 employees in the United States and 19 other countries. The sector recendy
announced its funding of a fellowship for doctoral students in the A. James Clark School
of Engineering.

Pitts graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with his bachelor's in engineering science
in 1973, when he joined Baltimore-based Northrop Grumman 's electronic warfare systems engi-
neering sector, and returned four years later to earn his master's degree in electrical engineering.

He moved up the ranks at the company and was promoted to deputy general manager for
the systems development and engineering division in 1990 and vice president of avionics systems
the following year, making him responsible for product development and production for control
radars on the F-16, F-22, B-1B and C-130 aircraft.

In 2001, Pitts was assigned to lead the Aerospace Division, where he dealt primarily with radar
systems and most of the U.S. Army business within the sector. He was named to his current
position in October 2005.

Pitts was named the Engineer of the Year in 2002 by the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County's College of Engineering and Information Technology, and he serves as chairman of the
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Board of Directors.

He previously served on the University of Maryland Board of Visitors and as vice chairman
of the University of Maryland Medical System. Pitts has also sat on the Board of Trustees for the
Maryland Science Center, the Governor's Workforce Investment Board and the Board of
Directors for the United Way of Central Maryland.

A native of Baltimore, Pitts and his wife, Kay, have three children and live in Pasadena, Md.




James F. Pitts



INTER COMMENCEMENT



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS



Campuswide Commencement
Saturday, December 19

7 p.m. Comcast Center




Ceremonies held Sunday, December 20



Individual ceremonies listed
by time

1 p.m. College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources

Memorial Chapel

1 p.m. College of Architecture, Plan-
ning, and Preservation

Great Space, Architecture Building

1 p.m. College of Computer,
Mathematical and
Physical Sciences

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Glance
Smith Performing Arts Center

1 p in College of Education
Cole Field House

1 p.m. Department of Communication

Ritchie Coliseum

1 p.m. School of Languages,

Literatures and Cultures

Colony Ballroom, Stamp
Student Union

1 p.m. College of Information Studies

Gildenhorn Recit.il Hall, Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center

1 p.m. Philip Merrill College
of Journalism

Hoft" Theater. Stamp Student Union

1 p.m. Robert H. Smith School

of Business

Comcast Center

2 p.m. Departments of Art History

and Studio Art

Grand Ballroom, Stamp
Student Union



2 p.m. Departments of Dance
and Theatre

Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center

4 p.m. A. James Clark School
of Engineering

Cole Field House

4 p.m. College of Behavioral
and Social Sciences

Comcast Center

4 p. in. Departments of English
and American Studies

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clance
Smith Performing Arts Center

4 p. in. School of Music

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clance
Smith Performing Arts Center

4 p.m. School of Public Health

Ritchie Coliseum

4 p.m. College of Chemical and
Life Sciences

Memorial Chapel

4 p.m. Department of History

Colony Ballroom. Stamp
Student Union



JNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



Individual ceremonies listed
alphabetically



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS



1 p.m. Agriculture and Natural
Resources, College of

Memorial Chapel

1 p.m. Architecture, Planning, and

Preservation, College of

Great Space, Architecture Building

2 p.m. Art History and Studio Art,

Departments of

Grand Ballroom, Stamp
Student Union

4 p.m. Behavioral and Social Sciences,
College of

Comcast Center

1 p.m. Business, Robert H. Smith
School of

Comcast Center

4 p.m. Chemical and Life Sciences,
College of

Memorial Chapel

1 p.m. Communication, Department of

Ritchie Coliseum

1 p.m. Computer, Mathematical and

Physical Sciences, College of

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center

2 p.m. Dance and Theatre,

Departments of

Kogod Theatre. Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center



I p.m. Education, College of
Cole Field House

4 p.m. Engineering, A. James Clark
School of

Cole Field House

4 p.m. English and American Studies,
Departments of

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center

4 p.m. History, Department of

Colony Ballroom. Stamp
Student Union

1 p.m. Information Studies, College of

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center

1 p.m. Journalism, Philip Merrill
College of

Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union

I p.m. Languages, Literatures and
Cultures, School of

Colony Ballroom, Stamp
Student Union

4 p.m. Music, School of

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center

4 p.m. Public Health, School of

Ritchie Coliseum



The campuswide commence-
ment ceremony will be held
on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
at the Comcast Center, with
graduation exercises for indi-
vidual colleges and schools tak-
ing place on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Shuttle bus service will pro-
vide free transportation from
the metro on Saturday evening
and from the metro all day
on Sunday.

Guests are urged to be seated
approximately one half-hour
prior to the designated time for
the ceremonies if they wish to
observe the student and faculty
processional.



WINTER COMMENCEMENT



CAMPUS MAP




JNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



Maryland's Momentum

Expanding its reputation among the best
universities in the nation, Maryland boasted
29 programs in U.S. News & World Report's
top 10 rankings in 2009. It was also No. 1
that year among the top 25 public univer-
sities m graduating African Americans,
according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked Maryland
No. 9 among best values in public
higher education.

We draw many of the best and brightest stu-
dents from Maryland and across the country.
Tins year, more than 28.000 students applied
for 4,000 first-year seats.

Our faculty regularly earns national and
international recognition for its excellence.
Maryland currently has three Nobel laure-
ates, seven Pulitzer Prize recipients and
more than 40 members of the most
prestigious national academies.



Maryland netted more than $518 million
in external research grants in fiscal year
2009, an all-time high. Among them was
up to $93 million for a Cooperative Insti-
tute for Climate and Satellites, a nationwide
consortium led by Maryland and supported
by the National Oceanic and Atmosphenc
Adnnnistration.

Great Expectations, The Campaign for
Maryland has raised more than $671 million.
A priority goal of the $1 billion campaign
is to raise more than $250 million for
student scholarships.

The university, with its more than 7,501)
trees, was designated an arboretum and
botanical garden by the American Public
Gardens Association and was the first cam-
pus in Maryland to be recognized as a Tree
( lampus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
M Square Research Park continued to



grow, with the dedication in April of the
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects
Activity, the U.S. government's intelligence
research headquarters. Other agencies com-
ing to M Square to work with university
researchers include the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's new National
Weather and Environmental Prediction Cen-
ter and the Food and Drug Administration.

Construction is nearly complete at the
John S. and James K. Knight Hall, the new
home of the Philip Merrill College of Jour-
nalism. It opens in January. The $30 million
building will be the first "green" building
on campus and will feature state-of-the-art
classrooms, news laboratory spaces and
professional training centers.




WINTER COMMENCEMEN1



THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND




A Continuing Commitment
to Excellence

From its pre-Civil War roots
as the state's first agricultural
college and one of America's
original land-grant institutions,
the University of Maryland has
emerged as a public research
university of national stature,
highly regarded for its broad
base of excellence in teaching
and research.

Maryland takes full advantage
of the umque resources of the
nation's capital, attracting top
students and faculty, enriching
the economic, social and cultural
life of the state and engaging the
global community to address
some of the most critical issues
of our day.

Our student body of 26,500
undergraduate students and 10,500
graduate students comes to study



with a faculty that ranks among
the finest in the nation, with three
Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer
Prize winners and scores of
Fulbright scholars.

The university also continues
to move forward in the quality
of our students and the support
of our faithful alumni. Freshmen
admission is increasingly com-
petitive. We received more than
28,000 applications for 4,000 first-
year seats in Fall 2009. Accepted
students who complete their
academic journey join a rapidly
increasing family of alumni who
are proud to be called Terps.
University of Maryland Alumni
Association membership has
grown to more than 37,000
dues-paying members since its
inception in 1989.

There are 13 schools and
colleges within the University



of Maryland. Seven of these
units — the Smith School of
Business, the College of
Education, the Clark School of
Engineering, the Philip Merrill
College of Journalism, the Col-
lege of Computer, Mathematical
and Physical Sciences, the College
of Information Studies and the
School of Public Policy — have
been recognized by their peers
and in various rankings as among
the 25 best in the nation. The
breadth of this excellence is a
source of pride for students, fac-
ulty and staff and is endorsement
for the university's flagship status
among the state's institutions of
higher education.

The university's location
near the center of federal policy-
making and international political
and economic activity enables it
to play an active role in research
and analysis of public policy.

Our academic community is
addressing today's most pressing
scientific and societal challenges,
such as climate change, the econ-
omy, energy, homeland security
and public health. University
research brought in more than
$518 million in external grants
and contracts in fiscal year
2009, including support for
a Cooperative Institute for
Climate and Satellites and a
brain imaging center.

As a gateway to the world,
the university has established more
than 200 educational, research
and economic relationships with



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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND



people and institutions in countries
such as China, India. Brazil. Israel
and the United Arab Emirates.

The Maryland Technology
Enterprise Institute, or Mtech;
the University of Maryland Small
Business Development Network;
and the Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship nurture a culture
of thriving entrepreneurship at the
university. They are leading efforts
to educate and assist business start-
ups, create technology ventures
and connect Maryland companies
with university resources to help
them succeed.

Through its Office of Tech-
nology Commercialization, the
university has secured more than
300 U.S. patents, licensed more
than 900 technologies and helped
to create more than 50 high-tech
start-up companies. Among them
are award-winning firms that
create alternative energy solutions,
national security tools and data
systems to protect against Inter-
net viruses. Companies served by
Mtech sold $19.7 billion in goods
and services over the last 25 years,
more than 201) times the state's
financial support.

Maryland is one ot the
research universities in the presti-
gious 61 -member Association of
American Universities and the only
public insntution in the Maryland-
D.C. area with membership in the
nation's most distinguished honor
society. Phi Beta Kappa.



History

The University of Maryland was
founded in 1807 in Baltimore
as a faculty-owned College ot
Medicine. The medical school
was considered one of the top
schools in the country, attracting
notable professors and lecturers
from throughout the world. In
its beginning, tuition cost $140,
grades were sent home weekly to
parents, and students could obtain
room and board for $300 annually.

Five years later, the growing
institution was renamed the
University of Maryland. Despite
the name, the university was not
considered a state institution, as


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