The Clark Doctoral Fellows Program substantially increases the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s number of graduate fellows, supporting 30 first-year doctoral students each year as an impetus for research in strategic and vital areas. These fellows have the potential to become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, launching technology companies and spearheading lifesaving advances to improve society.

Students selected for this distinguished program will participate in networking receptions, seminars, and other events in support of their academic and professional development. Each Clark Doctoral Fellow receives a travel stipend and works under the guidance of a Clark faculty mentor, selected from some of the Clark School's most highly qualified and successful doctoral advisors.


  • Must be admitted to a full-time Ph.D. degree program in engineering (includes current M.S. students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program)
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories

No additional application is required for student applying to Ph.D. programs in the Clark School of Engineering. Each graduate program will nominate applicants that they determine are excellent candidates for the program.

This program will fund the tuition and living stipend of Fellows for their first academic year at the University of Maryland. The first-year award is renewable for three additional fiscal years using departmental resources.

More Information

More information about each program and how to apply can be found at the following links:

Current Clark Doctoral Fellows

Aerospace Engineering

Melissa Adams
Frank Cianciarulo
Andrew Ceruzzi | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 Non-intrusive Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques & Ground Testing
Ian DesJardin | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID
 Computational Simulations of the Plasma Signature Produced by Orbital Debris
Emily FislerLinkedIn
 Advanced Lithium Sulfur Batteries for Electric VTOL Aircraft
Eric Frizzell | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Post-Impact Granular Dilation on Airless Bodies
Ray-Shimry Garatsa
Seyhan Gul

 Computational Analysis of High-Speed Tiltrotor Whirl Flutter
Daniil Gribok
Mithuun Kanapathipillai
| Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Advanced Laser Diagnostics Applications in Hypersonic Engines
Ravi Lumba
Samuel Maszkiewicz
Curtis Merrill

Sharan Nayak | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar | YouTube
 Motion Planning of Autonomous Robotic Systems
Antonio Giovanni Schoneich | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Experimental Hypersonic Aerodynamics
Cole Sousa
 Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition
Rachel Suitor | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Cooperative Control of Autonomous Underwater Sensor Networks
James Sutherland | LinkedIn
 Blade Design and Testing for High-Speed Tiltrotors
Grazchella Vicente | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID
Nathan Witztum


Louis Born
Ashley Chapin
| Lab Page | LinkedIn | Google Scholar | Personal Website
 Bioengineering and Systems Development to Study the Gut-Brain-Axis
Ariana Joy DeCastro | Lab Page | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 Breast Cancer Metastasis, Mechanobiology, and the Cell Mircroenvironment 
Camilla Edwards
Eugene Froimchuk
| LinkedIn
Brandon Gaitan | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Developing Optical-based Imaging Devices for Use During Surgery
Anjana Hevaganinge
Romanus Hutchins
Collin Inglut
| Lab Page | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 Photodynamic Therapy, Glioblastoma, Blood-brain Barrier, Pure-drug Nanoparticle
Courtney Johnson | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Immunoengineering Using Mechanobiology for Diabetic Tissue Engineered Therapies
Daniel Levy | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Manipulating Stem Cell-derived Extracellular Vesicles for Regenerative Medicine
Shannon McLoughlin | Lab Page | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 3D Printing for Bone Tissue Engineering
Ann Ramirez | LinkedIn
 Using Immunoengineering Techniques at Gut Mucosal Surfaces and Lymphatics 
Sarah Robertson
Justin Schumacher
James Shamul
| Lab Page | LinkedInGoogle Scholar
 Micro- and Nanotechnology for Central Nervous System Disease Modeling and Therapeutic Development
Caitlyn Singam
Ian Smith
Michael Straker
| LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 Cancer Diagnosis and Therapeutics
Sally Wang | Lab Page | Google Scholar
 Synthetic Biology, Cell to Cell Communication, Electrogenetics
Callie Weber | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Sex Differences in Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells
Sydney Yang

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Kristen Croft | LinkedIn
 Stormwater Quality, Treatment and Remediation of PCBs and Heavy Metals
Constantinos Frantzis
 Probabilistic Natural Hazard Assessment
Taylor Motley
Linda Waters
| LinkedIn
 Environmental and Systems Engineering with an Emphasis on Societal Impacts

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Leah Klein Borden | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Medical Applications of Chemical Engineering
Eric Carmona | Lab Page | Google Scholar | ResearchGate
 Lithium Metal Batteries, Electrochemical Engineering
Metecan Erdi | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Translational Biomaterials for High Impact In Vivo Applications
Richard Hoft | LinkedIn
 Solid-State Batteries
Samuel Horlick
Nathan Johnson
| Lab Page
 Simulation of All-Solid-State Lithium Metal Batteries
Karl Larson
Joshua Little
| LinkedIn
Wright Makambi | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Engineering Histatin 5 to Increase Anti-fungal Activity against Candida albicans
Joseph Whitmore | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Metallic Atomic Layer Deposition on Porous/Organic Substrates

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Erin Avllazagaj
Joseph Brock
| Lab Page
 Integrated Nanophotonic Devices
Marilyn Duong | LinkedIn
 Multi-Agent Control, Optimization, Wireless Sensor Networks
Samuel Harper | Lab Page | Directory Page
 Quantum Optics for Quantum Networking Applications
Brendan Jordan
 Fabrication and Characterization of 2-D heterostructures
Hunter Kippen | LinkedIn
 Post Quantum Cryptography
Zachary McBride Lazri
 Application of Signal Processing and Machine Learning to Health Problems
Isaac McDaniel
Nicole Menkart
| Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID
 Photonics and Optics Research for Communication and Sensor Systems
Erfaun Noorani
 Robust-resilient-adaptive Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning
Mahshid Noorani
Michael Pedowitz
| Lab Page | ORCID
 Deposition of Thin film Oxides on Graphene Heterostructures
Ariana Spalter
Amoolya Tirumalai
| LinkedIn | ORCID
 Mean-field Control of Consensus Dynamical Systems
Stefan Waczynski
Gina Wong

Materials Science & Engineering

Gillian Boyce
Kayla Callaway
| LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Transmission Electron Microscopy
Sabrina M. Curtis | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Smart Materials, Shape Memory Alloys, Stretchable Electronics, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage
Thomas Farinha
Daniela Fontecha
| LinkedIn
 ALD Process Development of Ionic Materials, Thin Film Sodium Solid-state Batteries
Steven Guerin
Michael Hinshelwood
Dylan J. Kirsch
| Lab Page | Directory Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Sputter Deposition, Transport Property Measurements, Energy Storage & Conversion Materials
Madeline Morales | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
 Characterization of Carbon-metal Matrix Composites
Ramsay Nuwayhid
Jonathan O'Neill
| Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Transport Simulations for Solid-State Battery Optimization
Justin Pearson
Aphrodite Strifas
| LinkedIn
 Process Optimization and Mechanical Properties Enhancement of HY Steels
Connor Turley | LinkedIn
 Solid State Sodium Elecctrolytes
Richmond Wang | LinkedIn
 Pulsed Laser Deposition of Oxide Functional Materials

Mechanical Engineering

Deng Yun Chen
Lautaro Cilenti

 Experimental and Computational Stochastic Dynamics of High Dimensional Nonlinear Systems
Parham Dehghani
Raquel Hakes Wetson-Dawkes
Ellery William Klein
Samuel Lee
| LinkedIn
 Experimental Fluid-Structure Interaction
Charles Meehan | LinkedIn
 Decision Making for Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Tasks
Janel Niska | Lab Page | LinkedIn
 Enhanced Tube Heat Transfer
Connor O'Ryan
Kendyl Waddell
| LinkedIn | ORCID
 Combustion and Fire Protection
Amirhossein Yazdkhasti
Olivia Young

Reliability Engineering

Lance Curtis
Allen Garcia
| Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar | Twitter
 Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing
Austin Lewis | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Causal-based Modeling for System Health Monitoring and Assessments of Complex Engineering Systems
Vincent Paglioni | Lab Page | LinkedIn | ORCID | Google Scholar
 Quantitative Human Reliability Analysis
Joy Shen | LinkedIn
 Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Flooding of Multi-unit Nuclear Reactor Sites

Clark Doctoral Fellows Alumni

Daniel Fernando Escobar (Ph.D. '20, Aerospace Engineering)
 Dissertation: Fundamental Understanding of Helicopter Aeromechanics On Mars Through Chamber Testing and High-Fidelity Analysis
Tyler Sinotte (Ph.D. '20, Aerospace Engineering) | LinkedIn
 Dissertation: A Strain-Based Experimental Methodology for Measuring Sectional Stiffness Properties of Composite Blades