Clark Foundation Congratulates Class of 2022-23 Graduating Clark Scholars: The Engineers of the Future

May 30, 2023

Bethesda, Maryland — The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation celebrates the 100 A. James Clark Scholars who graduated this year from Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech. 

Each year, the Foundation’s Clark Scholars Program partners with 11 top-tier universities to provide scholarships, mentorships, and guidance for underrepresented engineering students. The program demonstrates students can succeed in rigorous programs with targeted support. 

The exceptional students chosen for the Clark Scholars Program have completed a rigorous engineering program and business courses at their respective universities. Alongside their studies, they have participated in activities to elevate their leadership and community-building skills. All Clark Scholars receive the resources and support they need to excel. 

The Clark Scholars Program ensures that, regardless of financial need, the next generation of engineering leaders is equipped with the finest education and the mentorship that will fuel their success. This was a lifelong passion of the Clark Scholars namesake, A. James Clark, an engineer, businessman, and philanthropist.  

“Every year, I am honored to watch the Clark Scholars graduate and embark on a new, exciting adventure,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “I know my father’s legacy of opportunity and leadership will be carried on by these talented young people. I wish all the graduates a successful future and look forward to their future involvement as Clark Scholars alumni.” 

Through the Foundation’s $165 million investment in its signature academic program, the endowed scholarships will support more than 475 students annually in perpetuity at 11 of the nation’s top engineering institutions. The Clark Foundation recognizes that our success as a nation depends on us equipping the best and brightest minds with the tools and knowledge to solve our biggest problems. 

Learn more about the Clark Scholars here.

Clark Scholars Class of December 2022 and May 2023

Duke University
Himani Bhat, Civil Engineering
Devin Ellis, Mechanical Engineering
Alexa Goble, Risk, Data, and Financial Engineering
Gloria Odenyo, Civil Engineering
Marcus Ortiz, Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
Jessica Wey, Civil Engineering – Environmental Track, with Certificate in Architectural Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
MacKenzie Sicard, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Simrill (Nina) Smith, Environmental Engineering
Sidney Winfield, Aerospace Engineering
Victoria Lynn, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fatima Sheriff, Mechanical Engineering
Sierra Villarreal, Environmental Engineering
Huong Ho, Industrial and Systems Engineering
John Igieobo, Computer Engineering
George Washington University
Connor Burnett, Computer Science
Lauren Hahn, Computer Science
Victoria Hennemann, Computer Science
Davis Hundt, Civil Engineering
Meilian Kurlas, Biomedical Engineering
Christopher Lemkan, Civil Engineering
Arielle Maignan, Biomedical Science
Adam Poche, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Ryan, Biomedical Engineering
Kevish Shah, Civil Engineering
Jenna Pressman, Biomedical Engineering
John Hopkins University
Danbi Rhee, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Marc Helou, Computer Science
Tyler Shin, Computer Science
Adriana Pena, Environmental Engineering
Alexander Rovalino, Biomedical Engineering
Kathy Cao, Mechanical Engineering
Nyeli Kratz, Biomedical Engineering
Ricky Cheng, Computer Science
Will Rong, Materials Science & Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology
Christian Szablewski-Paz, Computer Science
Michael Botros, Mechanical Engineering
Caroline Corr, Biomedical Engineering
Adrian Garcia, Software Engineering
William Martin, Software Engineering
Vaughn Rice, Biomedical Engineering
Lily Stevenson, Civil Engineering
Sophia Turci, Chemical Engineering
Skyler Doherty, Mechanical Engineering
Susan George, Biomedical Engineering
Vanessa Huerta, Chemical Engineering
Kelcie Keenan, Mechanical Engineering
Vijay Persaud, Chemical Engineering
Leah Villanueva, Mechanical Engineering
Samantha Weckesser, Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Maryland
Amaya Caggino, Mechanical Engineering
Amy Suk, Mechanical Engineering; Global Engineering Leadership/General Business
Sterling Mead, Mechanical Engineering; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jwoyal Ranjit, Aerospace Engineering; Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Kristen Yee, Mechanical Engineering
Miranda Pierce, Civil Engineering; Project Management
Vinomie Galagama, Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Green, Computer Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Abudurazaq (Razaq) Aribidesi, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Abdelwahab (Aboudi) Babiker, Chemistry & Bimolecular Engineering; Chemistry (minor)
Ricky Gonzalez, Computer Science; BS: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Brendan Kim, Electrical Engineering; MS: Electrical Engineering
Fatima Koroma, Systems Science & Engineering; Mathematics (minor)
Terence Lin, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Sadek Munawar, Computer Engineering; MS: Robotics
Aisha Olapade, Applied Science – Computer Science; Urban Studies (minor); Mathematics (minor)
Jimmy Ren, Computer Science; Data Science (minor); Mathematics (minor); MS Data Science
Davis Tran, Computer Science; Engineering Entrepreneurship (minor); Mathematics (minor)
University of Virginia
Andrea Kian, Biomedical Engineering
Anne Felipe, Biomedical Engineering
Cameron Williams, Chemical Engineering
Daniel Boachie, Computer Science
David Tran, Computer Science
Emmalyn Kim, Biomedical Engineering
Gina Brown, Biomedical Engineering
Isaac Heath, Biomedical Engineering
Marina Awad, Biomedical Engineering
Samantha Nicholson, Mechanical Engineering
Sin Lin, Civil Engineering
Trenton Bilyeu, Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Rehoboth Abera, Computer Science; Cinema and Media Arts (minor)
Lorena Cruz, Engineering Science & Child Development; Engineering Management (minor)
Jack Evans, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Materials Science, Engineering Management, Computer Science (minors)
Hannah Farley, Computer Science; Engineering Management, Mathematics (minors)
Jordyn Herrington, Biomedical Engineering
Alexandra Kusio, Engineering Science
Joshua Payne, Computer Science; Engineering Management (minor)
David Perez, Computer Science; Mathematics (minor)
Jonathan Wieland, Engineering Science; Digital Fabrication (minor)
Rubin Zou, Computer Science
Virginia Tech
Kojo Akrong, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Araceli Cabrera-Otuno, Computer Engineering
Parker Henrick, Chemical Engineering
Kevin Lizarazu-Ampuero, Computer Engineering
Rodney Okyere, Computer Science
Naylle Pando, Computer Science
Long Phan, Computer Science
Nathan Stanley, Mechanical Engineering
Kien Tran, Computer Engineering
Andrew Chan, Computer Science
Carter Patterson, Building Construction

About the Clark Scholars Program

As part of our dedication to the engineers of the future, the Foundation established the A. James Clark Scholars Program. The Clark Scholars Program has been implemented at Duke University, George Washington University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. 

The program supports first-generation students and students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields that exhibit strong academic and leadership potential and have financial need. Students enrolled in the program pursue a rigorous curriculum of engineering study, take at least 1-2 business classes, and participate in community service. They also attend leadership seminars and events with leaders in the field. 

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation partners with organizations to strengthen their ability to meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities they serve. In keeping with Mr. Clark’s desire to spend down within a decade and maximize the impact of this funding, the Clark Foundation established its current philanthropic model in 2016. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy in three strategic areas: educating future engineering leaders, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive. To learn more, visit: www.https:/

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