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Why choose the A. James Clark School of Engineering? 

Here are a few reasons:

Make a difference.

Engineers provide solutions to opportunities and challenges that affect us all. From the environment, energy, new product design, to national security, engineers have an active role in virtually every area of human life. As a Clark School Engineer, you will have the opportunity to build a foundation of skills and knowledge that will benefit the world in a very special and unique way.

Get hands-on engineering experience your first year.

All first year engineers participate in Keystone classes to begin their engineering experience. These classes include experiences such as building your own hovercraft and testing it on a 60 foot course. Working in teams to complete a hands-on engineering project in year one at the Clark School builds fundamental skills and knowledge you'll use throughout your engineering journey. Learn more about our Keystone Program below.

Keystone Program

Participate in national and international competitions.

Student competitions are woven into the fabric of the Clark School, with dozens of teams from the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter to Solar Decathlon, and Terrapin Racing.

Competition Teams

Do research.

Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are numerous and diverse, with major research programs in (among many others): bioengineering; communications and networking; systems research; embedded computing; rotorcraft technology; launch and reentry vehicles; space robotics; intelligent transportation systems; advanced materials; nanotechnology; electronic packaging; and energy systems.

Research Opportunities

Be close to employment opportunities.

The University of Maryland is only a metro ride away from Washington D.C. Many of our Corporate Partners have offices in and around the D.C. area and our Engineering Co-op and Career Services is your resource for helping engineering students find the perfect internships and jobs that best suits their skills and knowledge. Multiple networking events occur throughout the year to further help engineers like you forge lasting relationships with leading corporations.
Co-op and Career Services

Access state-of-the-art facilities.

With almost 200 state-of-the-art laboratories, centers, major projects and consortia dedicated to research and education, as well as multimedia classrooms and several open-computing laboratories, the Clark School provides a wide variety of opportunities to engage in top-notch research and scholarly pursuits.

Facilities

Be part of the University of Maryland community.

The University of Maryland is a large and vibrant community with many things to do. On campus, you'll find nationally ranked sports teams, great theater, music and arts, and clubs and organizations for every interest. Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are close by, with mountains in western Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east. Of course, you can't beat the steamed crabs. At the Clark School, you'll find that it's a real advantage to be a part of the University of Maryland.

UMD Campus Life

Take advantage of special programs.

The Clark School of Engineering is home to many unique programs that provide students opportunities outside of the classroom. These include participation in cutting-edge research, working with other students to develop and build a new company, tackling real-world engineering problems and providing technical expertise in developing countries around the world.

Programs & Services

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