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Preferred Partner Initiative Provides Scholarships for Professional Master of Engineering Program

Top-ranked A. James Clark School of Engineering partners with AFCEA, an international professional association, to support the needs of engineers with graduate programs designed by engineers for engineers

For Immediate Release June 12, 2006

University of Maryland Media Contact

Paul A. Easterling

Office: (301) 405-3017;

AFCEA Media Contact

Tobey Jackson

Office: (703) 631-6189; Email


COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 12, 2006 – The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), a non-profit international association whose headquarters are in Fairfax, VA, and the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland are pleased to announce the creation of the Preferred Partner Initiative, a scholarship program intended to facilitate AFCEA members’ pursuit of their graduate degree in engineering; thereby adding to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of engineers and technical professionals who support our armed forces.

The Preferred Partner Initiative will provide AFCEA members a ten percent discounted scholarship when they enroll in the Clark School’s Professional Master of Engineering (“ENPM”) Program or the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (“GCEN”) Program to pursue one of sixteen academic options.  To receive the scholarship, the applicant must be a current member of AFCEA in good standing in that semester and also in good academic standing with the ENPM or GCEN programs in the Clark School.


The initiative will be formally announced at TechNet International in Washington, DC on June 19, 2006.  The agreement to launch the initiative will be signed by AFCEA President and CEO Vice Admiral Herb Browne, USN (Ret.) and Clark School Dean, Nariman Farvardin.  Dean Farvardin comments that “it is our role as educators to present the latest theories and technologies to the engineering community locally and world-wide.  And by partnering with outstanding organizations like AFCEA we can gain access to educate those engineers and improve all communities.” 

“A core mission of AFCEA International is education,” remarks Admiral Browne.  “This partnership with the University of Maryland will provide incentives for more individuals to increase their knowledge and skills.  The result will be a better and stronger nation.”



About AFCEA 

AFCEA is an international non-profit association providing a forum for the professional communications, electronics, intelligence, homeland security and information technology community.  Located around the world, AFCEA’s 134 chapters give the 31,000 members continuing opportunities to exchange ideas. AFCEA serves as an ethical bridge between government requirements and industry’s capabilities, representing the top government, military and industry professionals.  For more information visit


About the Professional Master of Engineering Program

For more than ten years the nationally ranked A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland has offered graduate education to working engineers and technical professionals in College Park and throughout Maryland via a network of regional educational sites.  Academic options are available in all of the main subject areas in the Clark School.  With more than 600 graduates since its inception in 1994, the Professional Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering programs offer practice-oriented, part-time graduate programs designed to assist engineers and technical professionals in the development of their careers and to provide the expertise needed in the rapidly changing business, government, and industrial environments.  Challenging courses are taught by full-time and experienced adjunct faculty in the evening or late afternoon to accommodate the working professional and can be taken at College Park, delivered via the University System of Maryland’s Interactive Video Network (IVN) to remote sites around the State of Maryland, or completely online. (


About the A. James Clark School of Engineering
The Clark School of Engineering, situated on the rolling, 1,500-acre University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., is one of the premier engineering schools in the United States.

The Clark School's graduate programs are collectively the fastest rising in the nation. In U.S. News & World Report's annual rating of graduate programs, the school is 15th among public and private programs nationally, 9th among public programs nationally and first among public programs in the mid-Atlantic region.  The School offers 13 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs, including two degree programs tailored for working professionals and one certification program.

The school is home to one of the most vibrant research programs in the country. With major emphasis in key areas such as communications and networking, nanotechnology, bioengineering, reliability engineering, project management, intelligent transportation systems and space robotics, as well as electronic packaging and smart small systems and materials, the Clark School is leading the way toward the next generations of advanced engineering technology. Visit the Clark School homepage at



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