The Clark School develops leaders who come together, solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and translate their solutions to impact society. Achieving that ambition means creating an environment that’s ripe for innovation, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion—and that’s what Stanley R. Zupnik Hall, our new interdisciplinary engineering building, will do.
Maryland Engineering develops leaders who come together, solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and translate their solutions to impact society. Achieving that ambition means creating an environment that’s ripe for innovation, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion—and that’s what Stanley R. Zupnik Hall, the University of Maryland’s new interdisciplinary engineering building, will do.
Bridging Disciplines, Collaborating for Society
Engineering brings together great minds—people with different backgrounds and perspectives, looking at the same challenge in different ways—to collaborate on solutions that serve humanity.
Similarly, Zupnik Hall will house elements of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Quantum Technology Center. The building also includes space for Engineering Student Affairs & Academic Success Programs, and identity-based student organizations including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Black Engineers Society.
The building will also include space for collaboration with institutional and industrial partners, including specialized labs for connected autonomous vehicles and intelligent infrastructure, as well as virtual, interdisciplinary research and instructional labs, a seminar classroom, and conference and meeting space.
Zupnik Hall will help the Clark School meet its goals for growth, sponsored research opportunities, and economic development of the state and region; it will also enable the university to recruit and retain world-class faculty, as well as foster collaboration between disciplines and with institutional and business partners. Zupnik Hall is also envisioned as adaptable, allowing it to address evolving future needs.
"Interdisciplinary research allows us to solve complex problems that cross disciplines. It’s what society expects from leading engineering institutions, and the Clark School is meeting that challenge. Stanley R. Zupnik Hall will continue to foster interdisciplinary research by providing world-class facilities to support our students, staff, and faculty to move from technological discovery to societal impact. It’s a resource given to them to lead and create."
- Samuel Graham, Jr., Dean
In 2021, we opened the Southern Maryland Autonomous Research Technology (SMART) Building. Located in St. Mary’s County, the $86 million, 84,000-square-foot building is home to, among other labs and facilities, the Maryland Autonomous Technology Research and Innovation Xploration (MATRIX) Lab, which features an 80’ x 60’ open air-land lab with an amphibious pool, hydrology lab featuring a circulating water channel, roof-top antenna farm, and outdoor ground and air vehicle testing.
In May 2022, we dedicated the E.A Fernandez Innovate, Design and Engineer for America (IDEA) Factory. It is home to the student-run Startup Shell, Tom & Susan Scholl Center for Student Innovation, Maryland Robotics Center, TDF Foundation Quantum Technology Center Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Rotorcraft Laboratories, Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, and more. By bringing engineering and other disciplines together in one space, we will create the central focus of innovation and entrepreneurship for our campus.