The Clark School's numerous research centers address a wide variety of advanced engineering topics. The nine listed below are highly focused multidisciplinary organizations that advance research in their specialized fields and maintain strong relationships with industry and government.
Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
The Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center is one of three Army Research Office rotorcraft centers of excellence. Faculty, staff and students conduct leading-edge research in rotorcraft aerodynamics, aero-acoustics, dynamics, structures, smart materials and flight mechanics. The center includes unique experimental facilities, such as two fully instrumented rotor rigs, a hover tower and a 10-foot (three-meter) vacuum chamber.
The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
For the world's leading avionics, automotive, computer, semiconductor and electronics manufacturers, CALCE develops methodologies, models and tools for the design, manufacture, analysis and management of electronic products. The center is a leader in physics-of-failure approaches to reliability and life-cycle prediction and in accelerated testing, failure analysis and electronic parts selection and management.
CATT at the University of Maryland, College Park was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals and affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering supports the CATT. CATT provides an organizational umbrella for five major initiatives including Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN), CATT Laboratory (CATT Lab), Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE), Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC), and Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer (MD T2) Center.
Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE)
CEEE is an international leader in research and education in environmentally responsible and economically feasible thermal management systems for buildings, transportation and electronic cooling. With support from government and industry sponsors and the university, CEEE research addresses advanced heat exchangers, alternative cooling technologies and fluids, integrated systems optimization, and cooling, heating and power systems.
The Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Bringing together experts from the Clark School, computer science, and fields such as economics, social science and public policy , the Maryland Cybersecurity Center partners with government and industry in two major initiatives: providing educational programs that prepare the future cybersecurity workforce, and developing innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks. Research addresses software and network security, cyber supply chain security, cybersecurity policy, attacker behavioral analysis, health care IT, and many other topics.
Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet)
One of 17 NASA-sponsored Commercial Space Centers, the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet) partners with industry to transform hybrid network concepts into profitable business ventures. Hybrid networks link satellite and wireless systems with cellular, cable, Internet and telephone networks. Research topics include network security, Internet-over-satellite, wireless and ad hoc networks, Internet traffic patterns, free-space optics and air traffic control.
A partnership between the Clark School, the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences and the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, the Maryland NanoCenter promotes major nano research and education initiatives, provides one point of contact for those seeking nano expertise and partnerships at the university, and supplies infrastructure to facilitate university nano activities through equipment, staff support, and informational and administrative functions.
The Maryland Robotics Center
Through interdisciplinary research and educational programs based on a systems approach, the Maryland Robotics Center seeks to advance robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and robot applications. Research activities include development of robotic component technologies (e.g., sensors, actuators, structures, and communication), novel robotic platforms, and intelligence and autonomy for robotic systems. The center includes faculty members from multiple Clark School departments, biology, and computer science.
Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC)
MRSEC is part of a network of national materials research centers funded by the National Science Foundation. Research is focused on two areas of advanced materials technology: low dimensional interfaces and multifunctional magnetic oxides. The center maintains scientific collaborations with industry, government laboratories and other educational institutions, as well as outreach programs to public schools.
University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC)
UMERC is a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage. The center focuses on four principal areas of energy technology research, energy policy and economics, and educational programs.
More Clark School Centers
- Bridge Engineering Software and Technology Center
- Center for Auditory and Acoustic Research
- Center for Automation Research
- Center for Control and Dynamics of Smart Structures
- Center for Energetic Concepts Development
- Center for Geotechnology Centrifuge Modeling
- Center for Hypersonics and Research
- Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Mobility and Security
- Center for Nano Manufacturing and Metrology
- Center for Networking of Infrastructure Sensing
- Center for Reliability Engineering
- Center for Superconductivity Research
- Center for Technology and Systems Management
- Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center
- Maryland Water Resources Center
- Nanoscale Imaging, Spectroscopy & Properties Lab (NISP Lab)
- National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education (NCSGRE)
- Smart Materials and Structures Research Center