2015 Alumni Awards

Alumni with Grit and Greatness

UMBC alumni and faculty greeted each other with beaming smiles and excited chatter at this year’s Alumni Awards Ceremony, held on October 8, 2015. Among bright arrangements of orange roses and green orchids, caterers weaved through the crowd as everyone reconnected before finding their seats for an emotional program honoring the achievements of alumni and the faculty, staff, and other community members who shaped their time at UMBC. As President Freeman Hrabowski kicked off the event, he offered advice to alumni back at UMBC for the first time in a few years, who might not recognize the campus after its… Continue Reading Alumni with Grit and Greatness

Alumni Awards 2015: Allan Kittleman ’81, Political Science

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Our last winner, in the Distinguished Service category, is Howard County Executive and former Maryland State Senator Allan Kittleman ’81, political science. Allan Kittleman was elected Howard County Executive in 2014. Prior to that, he had served as Minority Leader in the Maryland State Senate, on the Howard County Council, and as an attorney on workers’ compensation cases. He grew up in Howard County, working on his family’s farm in West Friendship and commuting to UMBC to earn… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Allan Kittleman ’81, Political Science

Alumni Awards 2015: Andre Gudger '99, Information Systems

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we introduce our Engineering and Information Technology award winner, Andre Gudger ’99, information systems. Andre Gudger serves in the Obama administration as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy at the Department of Defense. In his current role, he provides analysis and advice to the government on the workings of the industrial supply chain as it relates to our national defense. He is also the DoD lead for President Obama’s National Network… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Andre Gudger '99, Information Systems

Alumni Awards 2015: Andre Gudger ’99, Information Systems

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we introduce our Engineering and Information Technology award winner, Andre Gudger ’99, information systems. Andre Gudger serves in the Obama administration as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy at the Department of Defense. In his current role, he provides analysis and advice to the government on the workings of the industrial supply chain as it relates to our national defense. He is also the DoD lead for President Obama’s National Network… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Andre Gudger ’99, Information Systems

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Alumni Awards 2015: Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our Social and Behavioral Sciences award winner, Bryan Kelly ’92, economics. Bryan Kelly is a managing partner and co-founder of The Kelly Group, a “boutique wealth management firm” based in Bel Air, Maryland. Originally a computer science and mathematics major at UMBC, he was inspired by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peake to switch his focus to economics and finance, where he found his passion: financial planning. He worked for Fidelity Investments during and after his… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics

Alumni Awards 2015: Nicole DeBlase ’06, Financial Economics

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our 2015 Rising Star alumna, Nicole DeBlase ’06, financial economics.  Nicole DeBlase is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, a position she has held since early 2014. Prior to this, she worked her way up the equity research ladder from Baltimore to Wall Street. She started off as an undergraduate intern at the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company and moved into their rotational analyst program after graduation. When that bank was acquired by PNC… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Nicole DeBlase ’06, Financial Economics

Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, Visual and Performing Arts

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our Visual and Performing Arts award winner, Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, visual and performing arts (music). Dr. Lisa Urkevich is an ethnomusicologist and academic who has been based primarily in Kuwait since 2003. She is a 2015-16 Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and her book, Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar–which is based on years of research conducted in that part of the world–was… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, Visual and Performing Arts

Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim, Ph.D. ’01, Applied Physics

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our Natural and Mathematical Sciences award winner, Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim, Ph.D. ’01, applied physics. Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim is a physicist, researcher, and professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. He received his Ph.D. in applied physics from UMBC in 2001 and worked as a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before starting at POSTECH in 2004. Currently, his research involves the experimental aspects of quantum information and… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim, Ph.D. ’01, Applied Physics

Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Tara Carpenter

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. First up is our Outstanding Faculty Award winner, Dr. Tara Carpenter of UMBC’s own Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Tara Carpenter is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC. Dr. Carpenter developed a passion for teaching as a graduate teaching assistant at Duquesne University, and after she completed her Ph.D., she sought out academic positions that made teaching undergraduates a priority. She was drawn to UMBC’s welcoming campus culture and its enthusiasm… Continue Reading Alumni Awards 2015: Dr. Tara Carpenter

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