Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Women in Engineering (WIE) Living and Learning Program 

Flexus is a two-year living and learning community that was established in 2007 geared toward providing a supportive community for all students who identify as women studying engineering.  Flexus aims to promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the field of engineering through curricular and co-curricular programs. Open to incoming first-year engineering students, Flexus is an ideal program for students who are looking for community, academic support, and ways to develop as future engineers outside of technical courses.  The Flexus Community engages closely with the Virtus Community, with combined living (mixed gender) and academic seminar components.   

First-year Flexus students live in the common residential community in Easton Hall. Living with the Flexus and Virtus communities in Easton Hall is a requirement for all first-year participants in the Flexus and Virtus programs. Second-year students may live elsewhere but are encouraged to remain in Easton Hall. Living with this community helps students connect with peers in engineering and develop a peer support network. Students can easily create study groups, benefit from peer tutoring, and engage in a variety of social activities specific to the development and interests of the community.

In addition, the Flexus & Virtus Student Lounge is available on the ground floor of Easton Hall for all Flexus and Virtus participants. This space is used for free Flexus and Virtus tutoring services, studying, and other activities.


All participants in Flexus are requried to enroll in a 1-credit seminar course each semester for a total of four seminar courses during their first and second year. Enrollment in and completion of all four seminars is a requirement to complete the Flexus program.

A key feature of the Flexus program, these 1-credit seminars explore a range of topics that seek to:

  • Enhance campus and community engagement
  • Promote critical self-awareness
  • Connect engineering to social change

Below is a table providing an overview of the curriculum throughout the two-year program:


Course Theme



Fall Semester, First Year
    Wednesdays 4:00 pm-5:30 pm*

First-Year Transition

ENES 115 


Spring Semester, First Year
    Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:15pm*

Professional & Career Development

ENES 116


Fall Semester, Second Year
    Thursdays 4:00 pm-5:15 pm*

Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering
(General Education: DVCC)

ENES 215


Spring Semester, Second Year
    Wednesdays 5:00 pm-6:30 pm*

Introduction to Engineering & Social Change

ENES 216


*Day and time are subject to change.

A student-led programming board coordinates community events throughout the year. Flexus students have access to a variety of resources provided by the Women in Engineering Program, such as: networking opportunities; mid-semester advising; virtual tutoring; peer mentoring; and WIE staff.

Applicants must be admitted into the Clark School of Engineering for enrollment as a first-year student in Fall 2024.

As space is limited, Flexus is designed for students who are not part of other living and learning programs.

Living in Easton Hall with the Flexus community as a first-year student is a requirement for participation in the program.

Priority Deadline for Applications: Friday, April 5, 2024

Regular Deadline for Applications: Monday, May 6, 2024

If you have any questions about roomates please contact Sam Murillo | lmurillo@umd.edu


Students applying by the priority deadline will be notified of their admission decision beginning Friday, April 19, 2024. 

Virtual Flexus & Virtus Information Session and Chat

Admitted Clark School students for Fall 2024 are invited to join us to speak with current Flexus students and alumnae and current Virtus students and alumni to learn more about these engineering living and learning communities. Learn about academic, professional, and social support in addition to the unique networking opportunities and course curriculum these programs offer.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024
Time: 5:00 - 5:45 PM ET
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Registration is required.

Flexus & Virtus Open House

Admitted Clark School students for Fall 2024 and a parent/guardian are invited to spend an afternoon with our Flexus and Virtus Living and Learning Communities. Learn more about the programs, resources, and support available through the Women in Engineering Program and Flexus and Virtus Living and Learning Program. Engage with current Flexus and Virtus students as you explore the living and learning experience. 

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: University of Maryland campus
Registration is required.

Summer Orientation 

Students are encouraged to register for the Flexus and Virtus summer orientation scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th, and Thursday, June 6th, 2024. You will have the opportunity to meet other Flexus and Virtus students in your cohort, and academic advisors will help you register for your fall 2024 classes.

Welcome Week 

Flexus and Virtus students are required to participate in Flexus and Virtus Welcome Week programming. More information about move-in and welcome week will be provided when the dates have been announced by the Department of Resident Life.

Please direct any questions about the program to:

Sam Murillo
Program Coordinator, Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-8308


Paige Smith
Director, Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-3931