Meet the Dean
Professor Robert Briber was appointed interim dean of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering on March 5, 2020. He brings exceptional administrative experience to his role of interim dean.
For the past five years, he served the college as associate dean for research. Under his leadership the Clark School’s research expenditures reached their highest level in history. Dr. Briber also contributed to a number of strategic partnerships with industry and government and helped to grow the college’s number of Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. Additionally, he has overseen major renovation and capital projects in the college, including planning and construction for the E.A. Fernandez IDEA (Innovate, Design and Engineer for America) Factory.
Prior to associate dean, Dr. Briber served for 12 years as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. During that time, the department’s undergraduate enrollment increased by more than 250%, research expenditures more than doubled, and for the first time the department reached the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings. While serving as chair, Dr. Briber also maintained one of the most active research programs in the Clark School and was recognized by the university with a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award.
Dr. Briber has a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He is an internationally recognized materials science researcher who specializes in polymer physics and the characterization of soft materials.