Press Release

University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site to Open for Business

UMD will launch the state’s first university-run UAS Test Site on August 5

MEDIA ADVISORY  July 31, 2014

Elise Carbonaro
301 405 6501

The University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering will launch a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site in Southern Maryland. The site will bring together leaders in academia, industry, and government to accelerate UAS research.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the UMD UAS Test Site for business


  • Congressman Steny Hoyer 

  • State Delegate John Bohanan

  • Mary Ann Rankin, Provost, University of Maryland 

  • Vice Admiral David Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

  • Rose Mooney, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership 
  • Jack Russell, President, St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, 44174 Airport Road, California, MD 20636

WHY: The UMD UAS Test Site will serve as a hub to focus the capabilities of the people and infrastructure in Southern Maryland, the University System of Maryland, government, and industry to accelerate UAS research and address issues related to UAS technology and policy, and will provide new opportunities for those in the region and beyond.

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

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. Learn more at