News Story

Stephens to Speak at UMD Commencement

Stephens to Speak at UMD Commencement


Adapted from the UMD Commencement web site.

Civil engineering major and Engineers Without Borders volunteer Heungkook "HK" Stephens will serve as student speaker at the UMD main commencement ceremony on the afternoon of May 20.

Stephens helped Engineers Without Borders provide a sustainable water source in Brazil and a water chlorination system in Peru. He directs a youth ministry and, before coming to Maryland, spent a month in Bangladesh teaching character education.

"It was in Bangladesh where I experienced the great amount of good an engineer could provide for a developing community," he says. "During that year I also began to understand how helping others took more than technical expertise."

Stephens has that expertise, and he has heart, says Alan P. Santos, director of student services in the civil and environmental engineering department and Stephens' academic adviser. "HK is committed to doing something with his degree other than doing well financially," he says. "His passion is doing something good."

He's also an avid dance fan. He discovered his skills during a middle-school quest to look cool, and that led to his earning a spot on the university's Dynamic Dance Team and then in the competitive Culture Shock D.C. troupe. Stephens also was attracted by the group's mentoring program.

He juggled that with his courseload, an internship with the Silver Spring engineering firm Charles P. Johnson & Associates and undergraduate water treatment research. Stephens, 22, also is a youth group program coordinator with his wife, Jin Soon. He loves his full life, but looks forward to a change of pace after graduation.

The fourth Terp in a family of five, Stephen will stick with Maryland for graduate school. He plans to study the advanced detection and deactivation of waterborne pathogens.

The main university commencement ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the Comcast Center. The Clark School commencement ceremony will be on May 21 at 4 p.m. at the Comcast Center. Read more about the Clark School ceremony here.

Related Articles:
Watch Stephens UMD Commencement Speech Online
Holland to Deliver Student Speech for Clark School Winter Commencement
Epps to Deliver Winter Commencement Speech
Smile! Clark School Commencement to Stream Live
Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement
Severinsky to Speak at Commencement

May 9, 2012


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

CEE Transportation Researchers Tackle Critical Topics at 95th TRB Annual Meeting

UMD Team Selected to Participate in International Solar Decathlon

UMD-led Team Advances in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Components Project Makes AASHTO’s Sweet 16

University of Maryland, Aviation Week Network Team Up for 2016 Project Management Symposium

Clark School Students Invited to Apply for Summer Engineering Courses in Czech Republic, Italy

FAST Act Spells New Opportunities for University-Based Transportation Research

Engineering News-Record Honors CEE’s Galloway for Dedication to Water Infrastructure, Resiliency

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts