Blatstein chosen to manage technical programs at APLIra M...

Business Digest

June 14, 1999

Blatstein chosen to manage technical programs at APL

Ira M. Blatstein joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel on June 1 as its deputy assistant director for programs. He will help manage the laboratory's technical programs and overall strategic plan implementation.

Blatstein recently retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center headquarters in Arlington, Va., where he served as acting commander and technical director, and director of the University Affiliated Research Center Management Office of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

After earning a bachelor of science degree in physics from Drexel University in 1967, Blatstein joined the staff of the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in White Oak, Md., conducting research in underwater explosion effects and explosion acoustics. He also has a master's degree and a doctorate in physics from Catholic University.

He lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Sue, and son David. His daughter Amy and family live in Montgomery County.

Certified planners honor Avin for urban, rural work

Uri Avin, principal of LDR International Inc., is one of the first certified planners in North America to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

He was honored and recognized for his achievements in urban and rural planning at a recent ceremony in Seattle.

Avin has 26 years of experience in land-use planning in the public and private sectors. Before joining LDR International, he worked for Howard County as a planning and zoning director and later as an assistant to the county executive.

He has bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and master's degrees in architecture and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Piper's Fitzgerald to lead club's grant committee

Don Fitzgerald of O'Connor, Piper & Flynn has volunteered to serve as chairman of the Grant Development Committee for the Howard County Real Estate Master's Club. The club consists of the county's leading real estate agents.

Members of the Master's Club devote time to the Howard County community. Recently the club donated $50,000 to the Ruth Keeton House.

Fitzgerald invites public comment and suggestions regarding ways in which the Master's Club can contribute to the community. He can be reached at 410-715-8026.

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