Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel is a state-of-the-art, low-speed wind tunnel used for aerodynamic research. It is large enough to perform tests on vehicles and other systems. It is also a popular destination for news reporters during hurricane season.
Research Facilities by Department
Institute Research Facilities
To help you grasp quickly the breadth and depth of the Clark School's research and educational capabilities—and the opportunities these present to students, faculty members and collaborators—we have assembled a set of featured facilities for you to explore. Please contact the individual facilities to inquire about specific programs, courses and activities of interest to you. You may also use the links at the right to browse our research facilities by department/institute and use our overview of departments, institutes, centers, computer laboratories and libraries.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
The new Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building is one of the most significant additions to the Clark School in its century-plus history. The 160,000-square foot building houses some of the most sophisticated engineering research and educational laboratories in the nation. Major emphases are information technology, bioengineering, microelectronics and MEMS, sensors and actuators, environmental engineering, transportation systems, and space research.
Learn more about the Kim Building's exceptional learning environment and resources, and why the building itself is an engineering laboratory
Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility
Neutral buoyancy is one of the main ways weightlessness can be simulated on earth. To accomplish this, underwater versions of spacecraft, robots, and spacesuits are built and tested. Located at the Space Systems Laboratory, the NBRF is one of three currently operating neutral buoyancy tanks in the U.S. It is the only one located on a college campus and the only one dedicated to basic research. Other facilities include SCUBA diver support and a control room capable of remote equipment control, video capture, and communication with divers. Qualified parties can submit requests to perform tests.
Learn more about the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility
Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel is a state of the art low-speed wind tunnel that has been actively involved in aerodynamic research and development since 1949. GLMWT staff and student employees conduct experiments and analyses to support design of aircraft, boats, ground vehicles, and structures exposed to wind and hydrodynamic forces. The wind tunnel has also hosted a considerable number of unusual studies, including the performance of migratory birds, the evolution of flying squirrels, and the performance of the U.S. Bobsled Team. Learn more about the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
Virtual Reality Lab
The Virtual Reality Laboratory is a graduate research facility specializing in the design of Smart Structures in a virtual reality environment using real-time interactive computer graphics, acoustics and touch sensing. Projects have included simulating underwater construction, design collaboration using avatars of people in different locations, vibration and noise control, and virtual warehousing. Learn more about the Virtual Reality Lab
Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet)
The Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet), a Commercial Space Center sponsored by NASA, is a research center whose primary focus is to develop hybrid networks that link satellite and wireless systems with cellular, cable, Internet and telephone networks. HyNet's research topics include security in communication networks; Internet over satellite; wireless and ad hoc networks; Internet traffic patterns; free-space optics and air traffic control systems. Learn more about the HyNet
The Advanced Information Technology Laboratory
The Advanced Information Technology Laboratory performs research to develop the critical applications for the modern information infrastructure. The lab uses a systems-oriented methodology that produces critical research and state-of-the-art prototypes that reflect the interdependencies of critical technologies, particularly high-speed networks, mobile computing, information resources, raw data, and multimedia applications. Learn more about the Advanced Information Technology Laboratory
When materials and structures are created and engineered at the nanometer scale—approaching atomic dimensions—they can display fundamentally new properties and behavior as a direct result of their small size. Research in nanoscale science and engineering is thus unveiling entirely new worlds of ideas and applications, as well as promoting advances in miniaturization. The Maryland NanoCenter brings together cross-disciplinary groups of outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the frontiers of science and to develop nanotechnologies which improve our world. Learn more about the Maryland NanoCenter
Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility
The Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility offers a broad range of services that can lead to the creation of pharmaceutical, nutritional, and other biotechnology products. The BSF's capabilities include fermentation, cell culture, separation, purification and product analysis. Past clients have included Martek Biosciences, MedImmune, Human Genome Sciences, NIH, Digene, NIST, and the U.S. Army. Most if not all of the biotech companies in Maryland have had their process engineers trained at the facility.
Learn more about the Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility