Six outstanding alumni honored with presidential citation
UD President David P. Roselle and Robert Davis, vice president for development and alumni relations, presented the awards to the UD graduates of the last 20 years who exhibit great promise in their professional and public service activities.
Recipients, representing four of the Universitys colleges and six different majors, are Arup K. Chakraborty '88Ph.D., Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, professor of chemistry and professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Scott E. Fendorf '92Ph.D., associate professor of soil and environmental chemistry at Stanford University; Angela Tweedy Gladwell '98M, environmental and historical preservation team administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Paul J. Kane '92, senior writer covering the U.S. Senate for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper; Robert P. Meagley '96Ph.D., senior staff scientist and researcher in residence at Intel Corp.; and Andrea L. Stith '95, program officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
I registered as a student at the University of Delaware two days after coming to this country, Chakraborty, from India, said. The University not only taught me about science and engineering, but also about America and the principles that make this nation great. Today, as a proud American, I look back on the four years at Delaware with fondness and gratitude for teaching me about our country and instilling in me the desire to strive for excellence.
Scott E. Fendorf is recognized as a leading soil geochemist.
Angela Tweedy Gladwell works to protect historic structures and regions from natural and humanmade disasters. The National Historic Preservation Act requires FEMA to integrate historic preservation into its planning for disasters. Gladwell joined the Environmental and Historical Preservation Team in 1999 and was promoted to team administrator in 2004. With FEMAs integration into the Department of Homeland Security, her team also faces challenges in protecting national monuments from the possibility of terrorist attack. Gladwell earned her masters degree in urban affairs and public policy in 1998 from UD, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the Center for Historic Architecture and Design. She lives in Manassas, Va., with her husband, Jerry.
When I first came to Delaware to study historic preservation, I had no idea that the faculty, courses and experiences would so dramatically shape my future career, Gladwell said. UD faculty, most notably Dr. David Ames, helped me blend my two interests of historic preservation and emergency management through a joint assistantship with the Center for Historic Architecture and Design and the Disaster Research Center. This experience focused my career and through it I developed many relationships that continue to be extremely important in my personal and professional life.
As the youngest of nine kids from a tight-knit Irish Catholic family, I came to the University sheltered from the world beyond my neighborhood, Kane said. The University of Delaware became my passport into the rest of world.... Whether its chasing after Sen. Joe Biden, 65, in the halls of the Senate or poring through campaign finance reports in pursuit of the real motives in Congress, those four years at UD remain the defining experiences that opened my eyes to a career and a life I never knew existed.
Robert P. Meagley is building and managing a new research laboratory for advanced lithography materials at Intel Corp. The lab is supporting the development of technology that will be used to make computers in 2009 and beyond. Meagley joined Intel where he worked with lithography and was named a group manager. His groups research led to the Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 processors and related inventions. In 2004, Meagley was recognized as one of Intels top 12 inventors of the year. He earned his doctoral degree in organic chemistry in 1996 at UD, where he studied organic reactivity for the design of new materials in electronic applications.
Andrea L. Stith previously was employed as a science policy analyst in the office of pubic affairs for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. In that position, she developed programs to advance biomedical research by providing a voice for individual investigators in biological and biomedical sciences when federal laws and regulations are being developed and when government programs are being funded. She has pursued an interest in understanding how science-funding priorities are established on a national level by becoming a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the National Science Foundation. Stith earned her bachelors degree in physics from UD in 1995. As an undergraduate, she participated in the Honors Program, assisted in research and was a member of the club crew team. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She lives in Arlington, Va.
Article by Martin Mbugua
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