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About the Clark School

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the best in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional advancement opportunities with industry and government partners.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at


Darryll J. Pines has served as Dean since January, 2009. Dr. Pines has led the Clark School’s efforts in raising student retention; achieving success in international student competitions; placing new emphasis on sustainability engineering and service learning; promoting STEM education among high school students; increasing the impact of research programs; and expanding philanthropic contributions to the school. Pines received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Quick Facts

Academic Departments & Annual Degrees Awarded

  • Aerospace Engineering (100 B.S., 45 M.S., 15 Ph.D.)
  • Bioengineering (104 B.S., 7 Ph.D.)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (78 B.S., 3 M.S., 7 Ph.D.)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (134 B.S., 45 M.S., 20 Ph.D.)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (202 B.S., 185 M.S., 30 Ph.D.)
  • Fire Protection Engineering (29 B.S., 10 M.S.)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (37 B.S., 3 M.S., 10 Ph.D.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (350 B.S., 50 M.S., 45 Ph.D.)


  • Undergraduate enrollment (total): 4,116
  • Fall '16 freshman class (total): 634
  • Graduate enrollment (total): 2,166
  • Fall '16 external transfer class: 263
  • Fall '16 internal transfer class: 400
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 24.5%, 14.7% underrepresented minorities, 33.7% minorities. 


  • Graduate enrollment: 22.3% female, 9.7% underrepresented minorities, 17.6% minorities.
  • Overall enrollment: 23.7% female, 13% underrepresented minorities, 28.2% minorities.

Incoming Freshman Class Profile

SAT/ACT/GPA information on this list of freshmen (class of 2020) is as follows:

  • Average GPA: 4.44
  • Combined Math/Critical Reading SAT Scores:
     o   Average: 1402
     o   25th Percentile: 1340
     o   75th Percentile: 1470
  • SAT Math Scores:
    o   Average: 730
    o   25th Percentile: 700
    o   75th Percentile: 770
  • SAT Critical Reading Scores:
    o   Average: 671
    o   25th Percentile: 620
    o   75th Percentile: 720
  • ACT Scores:
    o   Average: 32
    o   25th Percentile: 30
    o   75th Percentile: 34
  • 109 Under-represented Minorities: 17%
  • 213 Women: 34%
  • 398 (63%) of these students have been selected for the Honors College. Another 93 students (15%) are listed in College Park Scholars.


  • The Clark School's nearly 200 faculty members are nationally recognized and highly respected in their fields.
  • 100+ faculty members are fellows of engineering professional societies and 50+ are recipients of National Science Foundation Early Career Awards.
  • The Clark School has 24 affiliated faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering.
Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members
  • John Anderson (emeritus)
  • Gregory Baecher
  • Jack Gansler
  • James E. Hubbard, Jr.
  • Ali Mosleh
  • C.D. Mote
  • Elaine Oran
  • Ben Shneiderman
  • Katepalli Sreenivasan
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members
  • Ivo Babuška
  • Howard Baum
  • James Dally
  • Robert Deutsch
  • George Dieter
  • Millard Firebaugh
  • Robert Fischell
  • Howard Frank
  • Gerald Galloway
  • Eugenia Kalnay
  • Jeong Kim
  • Eugene Rasmusson
  • Lyle Schwartz
  • Hratch G. Semerjian
  • G.W. "Pete" Stewart
Retired or Deceased NAE Members
  • George Irwin (deceased)
  • Arthur Bergles (deceased)


The Clark School’s undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked among the best in the world by the U.S. News and World Report and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The University of Maryland is also ranked as a top ten value by Kiplinger's Best Public College Values.

The University of Maryland made The Princeton Review's list of the country's top entrepreneurship programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Clark School offers a diverse and supportive environment through programs like the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and Women in Engineering.


The Clark School was a key factor in the successful conclusion of the University of Maryland’s most recent $1 billion campaign, raising almost a quarter of the total amount -- over $240 million -- well over its initial fundraising goal of $185 million.  The funds raised by the Clark School came from 14,945 donors, supporting critical areas, including:

  • $47 million for scholarships and financial support of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • $48 million to help recruit and retain faculty;
  • $27 million in support of innovation;
  • $89 million for building and classroom upgrades.

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Hands-On Education and Early Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Clark School provides undergraduates access to early hands-on learning experiences through a variety of programs and offerings. The ENES 100 is a project-based course that requires all first-year students to work in teams to develop a complex and multidisciplinary product. Students must apply engineering principles, computer software tools, and technical communication skills to meet all of the product performance and project reporting requirements to build a hovercraft. Student teams compete against one another to determine which team could most successfully navigate a course with their hovercraft creation.

Keystone: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Teachers

The Keystone Program encourages the school's best faculty members to teach fundamental freshman and sophomore courses. Faculty members are selected from throughout the school and are assisted by additional support personnel. Courses are closely reviewed to achieve academic excellence and high student interest in courses. Keystone brings beginning engineers an enhanced educational experience, reinforces and recognizes outstanding teaching, and serves a national model for increasing engineering student retention and graduation rates.

Leadership Programs

In a recent study of employers and what skills they are most looking for in college students, the following appeared in the top 10:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability

Clark School of Engineering leadership opportunities, including workshops, campus organizations, and coursework, are designed to promote student leadership development and enhance the skills employers are most looking for.

Study Abroad Programs

With over 60 international engineering programs available, the possibilities are endless. The Office of International and Leadership Programs in the Clark School will work with you throughout the process to ensure you find a program that is a good fit for you. Engineering programs exist in Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Middle East.

Student Competitions

Nothing spurs creativity and innovation more than a combination of incentive and challenge: a reward for achievement, combined with the urgency of a dare to succeed and the reality that we must race against others. We are at our best when we compete.  This is why prizes and competitions are crucial to create a climate of innovation and entrepreneurship, and to drive new advances in targeted areas. At the Clark School, competing for external prizes has had an enormously positive effect on student development.

  • Hackathon Team: Winner, Major League Hacks Season, MHacks, LA Hacks
  • Woodstove Decathlon: 1st Place in Emissions in Wood Stove Decathlon
  • MaxTech: 1st Place in Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment
  • AHS Student Design: 1st Place in the American Helicopter Society's 30th Annual Student Design Competition
  • RASC-AL Robo-Ops: 2nd Place in the NASA RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition
  • ChemE Car: Reached top-five finals round for 4th consecutive year
  • Steel Bridge Team: Reached finals of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition
  • Terps Racing: Terps Racing Baja Team placed 13th overall out of 100 teams in the Baja SAE
  • NASA X-Hab: Two UMD teams finalists in the eXploration-Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
  • Gamera: World Record for Human-Powered Helicopter Flight Duration, 97 seconds
  • Solar Decathlon: First Place in the U.S. Solar Decathlon Competition

Mpact Theme

Engineers have the unique capability to innovate and design novel products and solutions that can improve millions of lives. At the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, we place a special emphasis on aiming for this ultimate outcome – transforming fearless ideas into new innovations that benefit millions. This is what we call “Mpact.”

We can achieve Mpact in a number of ways.

Our cutting edge, interdisciplinary research initiatives are focused on the most challenging and critical issues of our time. In approaching complex problems, UMD faculty members immerse themselves in creativity and innovation, moving research ideas from the bench top to the market.
Our capabilities for Mpact are broad. We are leading research advancements in energy and sustainability, aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, biomedical devices, nanotechnology, fire protection, and disaster resilience.

These capabilities can help transform lives not only nationally, but internationally. The world's population is now over 7 billion people. In the next two decades, almost 2 billion more people will inhabit the Earth. It has been estimated that 95% of that growth will take place in developing or under-developed countries. Engineers have a role and responsibility in helping to solve global problems.

In addition to faculty research and innovation, our students are engaged in international outreach through programs like Engineers Without Borders and Maryland Sustainability Engineering (MDSE). These groups are committed to sustainable development across the region and abroad, visiting places like Peru, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia to improve communities through engineering projects, including powering schools sustainably, making drinking water safe, and creating new community centers.

Learn more about Mpact at

Leading Research

  • Total Research Expenditures: $161.9M
  • Research Expenditures per Faculty Member: $686,384

Research Centers and Institutes

  • Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
  • Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP)
  • Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
  • Maryland NanoCenter
  • University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC)
  • Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
  • Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
  • Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT)
  • Maryland Robotics Center
  • Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE)
  • Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center

Unique Facilities

  • The Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility, which simulates the conditions of space, is the only facility of its kind on a university campus.
  • The Micro and Nano Fabrication Laboratory, or FabLab, is a Class 1000 research cleanroom covering a total area of approximately 10,000 square feet.
  • The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel is a state of the art facility used in aerodynamic research and development.
  • The Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility (BSF) is dedicated to the development and scale-up of biotechnology products and processes.

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Location, Location, Location

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Unique Professional Opportunities for Students

The University of Maryland’s location inside the capital beltway provides unique professional opportunities to students. The Clark School’s Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office provides a full range of career development programs and services to students and employers interested in cooperative education, internships, and post-graduation engineering positions.

Quick Facts from 2013-2014

  • 78% of the undergraduate graduating class participated in at least one co-op experience.
  • 69% of undergraduate students were employed full-time by graduation and 16% were attending graduate school full-time, with under 15% seeking employment.
  • 85% of undergraduate co-op/intern students who applied for full-time positions with their co-op/intern employer were offered positions.
  • The average starting salary for an undergraduate engineer is $66,500.

Corporate Partner Highlights

The Clark School has developed strong ties with corporate partners with an emphasis on long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with a 360-degree approach, capitalizing on opportunities for student recruitment, workforce development, advanced professional education programs, collaborative research, and shared goals and objectives.

Some examples of Clark School corporate partner relationships include:

  • Lockheed Martin, University of Maryland Partner to Develop Next Generation Quantum Computer
    The Lockheed Martin and University of Maryland Quantum Engineering Center seeks to develop an integrated quantum computing platform that has the potential to enhance fields ranging from drug discovery and communications to logistics.
  • Siemens’ Largest Ever Software Grant Given to UMD for Advanced Manufacturing, Workforce Development
    Siemens Corporation announced its largest ever in-kind product lifecycle management (PLM) software grant to provide UMD students and researchers with a uniquely valuable and sophisticated design and simulation tool for research development, course work, academic projects and team-based competitions.
  • Northrop Grumman and UMD Partner to Launch First Cybersecurity Honors Program
    The University of Maryland and Northrop Grumman collaborated to develop the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES), the nation’s first cybersecurity honors program for undergraduates.
  • Sikorsky and United Technologies Endow UMD Professorship in Rotorcraft
    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its then parent company, United Technologies Corp., pledged one million dollars in 2014 to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s Clark School of Engineering.
  • Canon Life Sciences and UMD Collaborate on Rapid Infectious Disease Diagnosis Technology
    Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., and the Clark School launched a new research collaboration to develop a highly automated system providing rapid infectious disease test results while also simplifying the process to allow clinical staff to perform point of care disease diagnosis.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

An Entrepreneurship Ecosytem

The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) has a three-part mission to educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs, create successful technology ventures, and connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed. Mtech has had a $25.7 billion impact on the Maryland economy since 1983. Top-selling products such as MedImmune’s Synagis®, which protects infants from a deadly respiratory disease, and Hughes Communications’ HughesNet®, which brings satellite-based, high-speed Internet access to the world, were developed through or enhanced by Mtech programs. Billion dollar companies such as Martek Biosciences and Digene Corporation graduated from Mtech’s incubator programs.

Entrepreneurship Education

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP):
    Two-year, living-learning entrepreneurship program for academically talented freshman and sophomore students
  • Hinman CEOs Program:
    Two-year, living-learning undergraduate entrepreneurship program
  • Hillman Entrepreneurs Program:
    Three-year transfer program to create entrepreneurial leaders
  • Master of Technology Entrepreneurship:
    Online program focused on developing skills to envision, develop, launch, and grow innovations
  • Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship:
    Develops the entrepreneurial mindset and functional skillsets of students to improve their ability to create, launch, and manage technology ventures
  • Young Scholars Discovery:
    Summer course for seventh or eighth grade students interested in entrepreneurship
  • Young Scholars Program:
    Summer courses for high school students interested in entrepreneurship, high-tech marketing and biopharmaceutical production
  •  Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurship Rankings

In the Princeton Review's "Top 50 Schools For Entrepreneurship Programs," published in Entrepreneur magazine, UMD ranks No. 15 for its undergraduate program and No. 16 for its graduate program.

DC iCorps

DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation’s capital, the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia, and the mid-Atlantic region. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech.

StartUp Shell

Startup Shell is a new student-run technology collective that advances student ventures while leading educational initiatives in the greater campus community. The Shell provides work space resources and business direction through a vibrant, collaborative environment.

Clark School Contributions to Innovation

  • Glenn L. Martin, benefactor and pioneer airplane builder.
  • A. James Clark, '50, benefactor and Chairman and CEO, Clark Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jeong H. Kim, '91, benefactor, founder of Yurie Systems and former president of Bell Labs.
  • Robert E. Fischell, benefactor and inventor of medical devices, including the flexible coronary artery stent.
  • Brian Hinman, '82, benefactor, co-founder of Polycom and educational innovator.
  • Harry B. Smith ‘49, inventor of the pulse Doppler radar.
  • George Laurer ’51, creator of the universal product code.
  • Robert Briskman, '61, co-founder of Sirius Satellite Radio.
  • Brendan Iribe, former student, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR, purchased by Facebook for $2B.

Alumni Engagement

  • Alumni Association:
    The University of Maryland Alumni Association supports the university in its pursuits of excellence in teaching, research and public service and seeks to foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and life-long commitment to the university in its alumni. Learn more at
  • Engineering Chapter:
    The UMD Clark School of Engineering Alumni Chapter supports the welfare and advancement of the University of Maryland and the A. James Clark School of Engineering through the promotion of educational, social, alumni-focused, and/or student-focused activities.
  • Alumni Cup:
    The Alumni Cup is an annual engineering design competition launched in 2012 by the UMD Alumni Association, Engineering Chapter. Teams of students from each department compete against one another in a week-long challenge to develop a machine that will perform a specific task within certain parameters. The task and parameters are given to each team on the Friday before Engineers Week in February. Students have one week and a small stipend with which to design, sketch, and build the best machine within their ability to reflect their department. Teams demonstrate their designs in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Rotunda. The judges’ panel is comprised of 5 individuals from both the Clark School administration and the Alumni Association. The winning team is memorialized on the Alumni Cup trophy displayed in the west lobby of the Glenn L. Martin Hall.

Early Engagement with the Clark School

One way to have fun and find out if engineering might be a good fit is to try one of the summer programs offered by the Clark School.  You can learn about engineering, participate in hands-on activities, and meet engineering students and professors.  The Clark School also offers workshops that give you a chance to explore engineering during a one-day activity.

4th and 5th Grade Students

  • iEngineer @ UMD
    iEngineer at the University of Maryland is a summer STEM camp. This one-week commuter camp is an exciting opportunity for girls and boys to learn through a variety of fun, hands-on activities.

6th through 8th Grade Students

  • CyberSTEM Camp
    CyberSTEM camp is a one-week commuter summer program at the University of Maryland, College Park for middle school girls who are interested in the growing field of cybersecurity.
  • Stepping Stones to Your Future
    Stepping Stones to Your Future is an annual summer engineering commuter camp. It is an excellent opportunity for young men and women who are interested in science and engineering to work with current UMD students on a variety of fun and hands-on engineering activities.

9th through 12th Grade Students

  • Intermediate CyberSTEM Camp
    The Intermediate CyberSTEM camp is a one-week commuter summer program at the University of Maryland, College Park for high school girls who are interested in the growing field of cybersecurity.
  • Cyber Defense Training Camp
    Cyber Defense Training Camp is an intermediate level 7-day residential summer program for rising juniors and seniors in high school.
  • Discovering Engineering
    The Discovering Engineering program is an engineering summer camp for for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Find out if engineering is for you.
  • ESTEEM/SER-Quest Summer Program
    Description: ESTEEM/SER-Quest is a 4-week summer program with lab demonstrations, lab tours, lab experiments, and a SAT Workshop. Students who participate in the program will have the opportunity to have research project with an engineering faculty member.
  • Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD)
    Exploring Engineering at UMD is a summer program for rising juniors or seniors who are considering engineering as a possible major and career.
  • S.A.T. Strategies
    The focus of this workshop is on successful test-taking skills and reasoning strategies to help students maximize their scores on the SAT.
  • S.P.I.C.E.
    S.P.I.C.E. Camp is a commuter program for young women who would like to learn more about engineering.
  • WIE LEAD Academies
    The Women in Engineering Leadership Enhancement, Application and Design Academies have been created to provide high school students with the opportunity to spend a day learning and applying principles related to a particular engineering discipline offered at the University of Maryland.

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