Batteries, Building Efficiency, and More: Innovating in Energy

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Clark School engineers have a deep commitment to the state, country, and society we serve. We see ourselves as problem-solvers whose calling is to address society’s grand challenges and, in the process, improve people’s quality of life.

In that pursuit, we are educating students and providing innovations in critical areas that our society relies on such as healthcare, Artificial Intelligence, energy, sustainability, aerospace, and more. We were recently asked, for example, to bring our expertise in semiconductors to the Midwest Microelectronics Consortium, expanding its technical areas to include secure edge microelectronics, 5G communications, and microelectronics to support artificial intelligence. Strategic partners from industry and government alike also turn to us for solutions. ArtIAMAS, a pioneering five-year collaborative between researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, is in its third year and provides collaborative solutions for the future of robotic systems for the Army.

In this month’s newsletter, we will deep dive into our innovations in the space of energy. In order to fundamentally address climate change, our society must fundamentally improve the ways it generates, stores, distributes, and uses energy—and the Clark School is leading in that pursuit. 

Our content delves into Clark School innovations in solid-state batteries, hydrogen fuel, solar energy, building efficiency, and more, as well as efforts to commercialize these innovations, getting them into the public’s hands. I would like to thank all of the incredible students, faculty, staff, and partners involved in realizing these engineering solutions. 

We are privileged to have an opportunity to conduct leading-edge research and look forward to further serving society with it.

Samuel Graham, Jr. (he/him/his)

Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor

Published March 14, 2024