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UMD Professors Receive Four 2013-2014 APS Awards

Sikorsky signing ceremonyThe University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering professors were awarded a disproportionately large number of prizes from the American Physical Society this year, receiving 4 out of 55 awards.



The American Physical Society is an organization that works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, laboratories and industry across the nation and the world.

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APS distributes prizes and awards annually to recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service. With few exceptions, APS awards and prizes are open to any member of the national and international scientific community. The nomination and selection of recipients is done by APS-appointed selection.

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Prospective Students

For information regarding prospective students, admissions, requirements, scholarships, K-12 programs, student Ambassadors,  undergraduate recruitment or outreach (summer camps), please contact:

Mr. Bruk Berhane, Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment
A. James Clark School of Engineering
1131 Glenn Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-0287 (office)
Fax: (301) 314-9867 (fax)
Email: bberhane@umd.edu

If you are a Clark School student seeking information about study abroad or the Minor in International Engineering,or the Minor in Engineering Leadership, please visit the web page www.ilp.umd.edu.

For scholarship information, visit www.engrscholarships.umd.edu.

Transfer Students

If you have been accepted as a Scholars program student at University of Maryland and completed the transfer application to become a student in the school of Engineering, and have not heard back if you were accepted, please contact:

LEP Coordinator, Admissions office
Email: lep@umd.edu
Phone: 301-314-8385

Undergraduate Advising

Office Location: 1131S Glenn L. Martin Hall, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-9973
Fax: (301) 314-9867
Office Hours: Monday-Friday (8:30am-4:30pm)

General Questions
Current Students or Degree Navigator Concerns,  Email: engrhelp@umd.edu
Prospective Transfer Students, Email:  transfer_engr@umd.edu

Thinking of Attending?

If you are a prospective undergraduate student, you will apply for admission to the Clark School of Engineering by submitting an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 314-8385
(800) 422-5867

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The Clark School Board of Visitors

 

Learn More About the Clark School

Learn More About Dean Pines

Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

State of the School 2011 (pdf, requires faculty/staff login)

Plan of Organization (pdf)

Members Only

BOV Member's Site
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The Board of Visitors assists the Clark School in gaining recognition and support as a leader in engineering education and research. Members provide the dean and school leadership with objective information and intellectual stimulation, advising on a wide range of issues that include strategic planning, corporate relations, fund raising initiatives, communications strategies and other opportunities. As knowledgeable and dedicated advocates of the school, members help attract and engage a diverse group of supporters and serve as liaisons between the Clark School, industry, government and other academic institutions.

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Jean-Luc Abaziou

Mr. Jean-Luc Abaziou
CEO
Techno-Sciences, Inc.



Rajeev Batra Mr. Rajeev Batra
Partner
Mayfield Fund



Kimberly BrownDr. Kimberly Brown
CEO and President
Amethyst Technologies, LLC



William Calhoun, Jr. Mr. William Calhoun, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Clark Construction Group, LLC



Warren Citrin Mr. Warren Citrin
Co-founder and Director
Gloto Corporation



P.Douglas Dollenberg Mr. P. Douglas Dollenberg
Retired
Nottingham Properties, Inc.
 


Emilio Fernandez Mr. Emilio Fernandez
(BOV Vice-Chair)

Managing Director
Pulse Capital LLC


Dr. Robert E. Fischell Dr. Robert E. Fischell
CEO and Chairman
Fischell Biomedical, LLC



Mr. T. Paul Gaske Mr. T. Paul Gaske
Executive Vice President
Hughes Network Systems, LLC



William Gausman Mr. William Gausman
Sr. Vice President
Asset Management & Planning
Pepco Holdings, Inc.


Scott GreenhausMr. Scott Greenhaus
Executive Vice President                      
Structural Group, Inc.


Delon HamptonDr. Delon Hampton
Chairman & Founder
Delon Hampton & Associates



Brian L. HinmanMr. Brian L. Hinman
Venture Partner
Mimosa Networks



Ali HirsaMr. Ali Hirsa
Managing Partner
Sauma Capita, LLC
 


Ray O. JohnsonDr. Ray O. Johnson
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation



Chris JonesDr. Christopher T. Jones
President, Technical Services Sector
Northrop Grumman Corporation



William E. KoffelMr. William E. Koffel
President
Koffel Associates, Inc.
 


Ronald W. LowmanMr. Ronald W. Lowman
Retired
 



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 G. Lee LushbaughMr. G. Lee Lushbaugh, Jr.
Sr. Vice President
Bechtel Group, Inc.



Mark MillerMr. Mark Miller
Vice President, Research & Engineering
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation



Arthur MorrishDr. Arthur Morrish
Vice President & CTO, Business Operations,
L-3 Communications



Ram MukundaMr. Ram Mukunda
CEO
India Globalization Capital



J. Scott Ogilvie Mr. J. Scott Ogilvie
 



Dr. Marilyn R. Berman PollansDr. Marilyn R. Berman Pollans



James Redifer, BOV Chair Mr. James L. Redifer
Retired



Jenny Regan Ms. Jennifer F. Regan
CEO and President
Key Technologies, Inc.



Tim ReganMr. Timothy J. Regan
President and CEO
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company



Joseph Reyes Mr. Joseph Reyes
President, Orion Enterprises


 


Raymond P. Schiavone Mr. Raymond P. Schiavone
President and CEO, Quark, Inc.



Thomas A. Scholl Mr. Thomas A. Scholl
(BOV Chair)



Saul Seltzer Mr. Saul Seltzer
President, S. Seltzer Construction Corporation



Alex Severinsky Mr. Alex Severinsky
CEO, Fuelcor LLC



Phillip TanMr. Philip Tan
Group Head of E Business
Bank of Ayudhya Public Co. Ltd.



Pedro Wasmer Mr. Pedro Wasmer
Retired, President, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd.

 


Tom Wilson Mr. Thomas L. Wilson, Jr.
Vice President and General Manager
Spacecraft Systems and Services
ATK Space Systems


Phillip Wiser Mr. Phillip R. Wiser
Chief Technology Officer
Hearst Corporation
ATK Space Systems


Stephen J. Woerner Mr. Stephen J. Woerner
President and Chief Operating Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company



Steve ZaminskiMr. Stephen P. Zaminski
 



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Meet Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean of the Clark School

Learn More About the Clark School

From the Dean

Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

State of the School 2011 (pdf,
requires faculty/staff login)

Plan of Organization (pdf)

Meet Our Board of Visitors

 

 

Dr. Darryll PinesDarryll J. Pines has served as Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School since January 2009. He first arrived at the Clark School in 1995 as an assistant professor and then served as Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2009.

As Dean, Pines has led the development of the Clark School's current strategic plan and achieved notable successes in key areas, such as improving teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses and raising student retention; achieving success in national and 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. Today, the school's one-year undergraduate retention rate and four-year graduation rate is 90 percent and 60 percent respectively, the university's Solar Decathlon team placed first worldwide in the most recent competition against other leading universities, our Engineers Without Borders chapter is considered one of the nation's best, and the Engineering Sustainability Workshop launched by Pines has become a key campus event. Pines has testified before Congress on STEM education and created the Top 25 Source Schools program for Maryland high schools.  At a national level he has led an effort as part of the American Society for Engineering Education-ASEE Deans Council’s K-12 STEM Committee to develop a potential College Board AP Exam in Engineering.  He is the current Secretary on the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium (GEM), a national non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support increasing untapped domestic human capital at the graduate level in STEM fields. 

The Clark School's research expenditures are $119 million, and the school is ranked 34th worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which focuses on research citations. The Clark School led the university in achieving and surpassing its $185 million Great Expectations campaign goal, going on to reach $240 million as of the most recent accounting.

During Pines' leadership of aerospace engineering, the department was ranked 8th overall among U.S. universities and 5th among public schools in the U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings. Pines has been director of the Sloan Scholars Program since 1996, and served as chair of the Engineering Council, director of the NASA CUIP Program, and director of the SAMPEX flight experiment. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Board for Engineers Without Borders-EWB National and major corporations.

During a leave of absence from the University (2003-2006), Pines served as Program Manager for the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). While at DARPA, Pines initiated five new programs primarily related to the development of aerospace technologies, for which he received a Distinguished Service Medal. He also held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Chevron Corporation, and Space Tethers Inc. At LLNL, Pines worked on the Clementine Spacecraft program, which discovered water near the south pole of the moon. A replica of the spacecraft now sits in the National Air and Space Museum.

Pines' current research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing and biologically-inspired structures, as well as the guidance, navigation, and control of uninhabited aerospace vehicles. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has received an NSF CAREER Award.

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.

 

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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 www.clark.umd.edu.

Leadership

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.

History

  • 1894: The College of Engineering is founded at the University of Maryland
  • 1955: The Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology is established
  • 1994: The academic departments and research institutes of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology become the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology now comprises the Clark School plus units that provide outreach to business and industry, now collectively known as the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech).

Quick Facts

Academic Departments and Annual Degrees Awarded

  • Aerospace Engineering (100 B.S., 45 M.S., 15 Ph.D.)
  • Bioengineering (75 B.S., 7 Ph.D.)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (60 B.S., 3 M.S., 7 Ph.D.)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (125 B.S., 45 M.S., 20 Ph.D.)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (170 B.S., 185 M.S., 30 Ph.D.)
  • Fire Protection Engineering (35 B.S., 10 M.S.)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (25 B.S., 3 M.S., 10 Ph.D.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (250 B.S., 50 M.S., 45 Ph.D.)

Students

  • Undergraduate enrollment (total): 4,040
  • Fall '14 freshman class (total): 731
  • Graduate enrollment (total): 1,943
  • Undergraduate transfer students per year: 125
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19.922 percent female, 11 percent underrepresented minorities and 30.5 percent

Minorities

  • Graduate enrollment: 22.19 percent female, 8.7 percent underrepresented minorities, 17.7 percent minorities
  • Overall enrollment: 22 percent female, 9.8 percent underrepresented minorities, 25.6 percent minorities.

Incoming Freshmen Class Profile

SAT/ACT/GPA information on this list of freshmen is as follows:

  • Average GPA: 4.33
  • Combined Math/Critical Reading SAT Scores:
     o   Average: 1407
     o   25th Percentile: 1348
     o   75th Percentile: 1470
  • SAT Math Scores:
    o   Average: 730
    o   25th Percentile: 700
    o   75th Percentile: 770
  • 109 Underrepresented Minorities-15%
  • 191 Women-26%
  • 374 of these confirmed students (51%) have been selected for the Honors College.

Faculty

  • 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 19 affiliated faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering
  •  Last year, the Clark School had 2 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and 5 NSF Early Career Award winners
Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members
  • John Anderson (emeritus)
  • Gregory Baecher
  • Jack Gansler
  • Ali Mosleh
  • C.D. Mote
  • Elaine Oran
  • Ben Shneiderman
  • Katepalli Sreenivasan
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members
  • Ivo Babuška
  • Arthur Bergles
  • 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)

Rankings

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.

Diversity

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

Philanthropy

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 www.clark.umd.edu/mpact.

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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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 parent company, United Technologies Corp., pledged one million dollars 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 alumni.umd.edu.
  • 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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Dr. Darryll PinesAt the Clark School of Engineering we bring together forward-looking people dedicated to creating progress and making the world a better place, including talented undergraduate and graduate students, award-winning faculty, dedicated staff, leading corporate and government partners, supportive alumni and visionary philanthropists.

We work together in eight academic departments, three research institutes, an array of innovative cross-disciplinary programs, major corporate and government labs, nationwide alumni chapters and our sterling Board of Visitors. Together we help to make this diverse and dynamic campus located on the edge of the nation's capitol a place to discover ideas and technologies that will change the world.

Dr. Darryll Pines, Farvardin Professor and Dean
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A Major Force in Engineering

Because of the quality and scope of our work, and our location, we are a major force in the nation's technological advancement, working hand-in-hand with corporate, government and academic colleagues. Our research expenditures—more than $110 million for the most recent fiscal year—indicate our leading role in aerospace, networking technologies, bioengineering, defense and consumer electronics, intelligent transportation, advanced materials, nanotechnology, energy and public safety, to name only a few. If you want to help our country take on difficult challenges—how to explore space, communicate more securely and effectively, develop new treatments for diseases, travel with greater safety, create new energy resources and unlock the potential of the "nano-world"—come to the Clark School.

If you want to build sustainable solutions for specific engineering problems in countries around the globe, work with our award-winning Engineers Without Borders program. If you want to help advance innovative ventures to drive the region's economy, facilitate technology transfer, and promote technology entrepreneurship, work with our Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. At the Clark School, we're fully engaged—in the region, the nation and the world.

Where Everything Comes Together

Ideas that can change the world have their foundations in specialized knowledge—yet these ideas inevitably rise up to interconnect and become more powerful. As a model for this interconnection, we have constructed the Kim Engineering Building. With nearly 30 state-of-the-art laboratories and a wide range of participating departments, the Kim Building is home to some of the most exciting and innovative interdisciplinary research and educational programs in the nation.

Innovative thinking is well-established at the Clark School and underlies the many "first-of-its-kind" educational programs for which we are well known, including: Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs), Gemstone, and College Park Scholars, three of our "living and learning" programs;  Inventis: The Academy of Engineering Scholars; QUEST (quality enhancement systems); the "Introduction to Engineering Design" course; Women In Engineering; and a host of programs focusing on undergraduate research opportunities, including ASPIRE (industry-oriented research); and MERIT-BIEN (research internships). We are fiercely committed to undergraduate research, developing a working knowledge of research methods and that sense of possibility that only research can instill.

Change—We Thrive On It

At the Clark School we thrive on change. The school itself has undergone an enormous transformation in the past several years, rising quickly among the ranks of the nation's finest institutions. If you, too, thrive on change, we invite you to browse the above web pages to learn more about us and how you can join in our work. Let's start today to work creatively together to make our world a better place.

About Us

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 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 opportunities.

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.

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