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There are many ways to look at the Clark School of Engineering. This page provides facts and brief descriptions concerning major attributes of the school, in the following categories: The Basics, News Summary, Engineering Education, Engineering Research, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Partners. In addition to the links provided at left, other useful sources include Significant Accomplishments and From the Dean.

The Basics


Darryll Pines, Dean

Department Chairs and Institute Directors

Historical Summary

1894: Founded in College Park, Maryland

1949: The College of Engineering becomes the Glenn L. Martin College of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences

1955: The Glenn L. Martin College of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences becomes the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology

1994: The academic departments and research institutes of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology become the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology now comprises the Clark School plus units that provide outreach to business and industry, now collectively known as the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute or Mtech.

For a detailed history of the Clark School, see "Engineering at the University of Maryland: The First 100 Years," by former dean George Dieter.


On the north side of the College Park campus, the Clark School operates in 14 buildings (more than 750,000 square feet of space), either as the sole occupier or as a major stakeholder. The newest facility is the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. Other notable facilities include the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility, Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, and Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility (see Resources and Facilities).

Core Capabilities

  • Engineering Research
    The Clark School engages in a broad and deep array of research programs to solve important engineering problems and develop new knowledge.
  • Engineering Education
    The Clark School provides training for undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of engineering disciplines.
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
    The Clark School, through the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH), fosters technology entrepreneurship among students and faculty and serves the needs of technology businesses.


U.S. News and World Report Rankings: Graduate

The Clark School's graduate programs collectively rank 19th in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools survey. The Clark School is ranked 11th in the nation among public universities.

U.S. News and World Report Ranking: Undergraduate

The Clark School's undergraduate programs collectively rank 23rd in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges survey. The Clark School is ranked 11th in the nation among public undergraduate engineering programs.

Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities

The Clark School of Engineering is ranked No. 16 and recognized as one of the world's top engineering programs by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).


Some Notable Alumni and Friends

The Innovation Hall of Fame

Members of the Innovation Hall of Fame, who may be alumni, faculty, and others closely linked with the Clark School, have made a positive impact on society by creating a working product, system or design, or by producing a comprehensive body of technical work that has advanced the understanding of the engineering profession.

News Summary

Major Recent Events

Major New Programs


Engineering Education

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Professional Master of Engineering
  • Doctorate
  • Engineering Graduate Certificate

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Minors


  • Undergraduate enrollment (total): 3,888
  • Fall '13 freshman class (total): 706
  • Graduate enrollment (total): 1,943
  • Undergraduate transfer students per year: 125
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 22 percent female, 11 percent underrepresented minorities and 30.5 percent minorities ("underrepresented minorities" does not include Asian Americans, but "minorities" does).
  • Graduate enrollment: 22.1 percent female, 8.7 percent underrepresented minorities, 17.7 percent minorities
  • Overall enrollment: 22 percent female, 9.8 percent underrepresented minorities, 25.6 percent minorities.

Freshman Profile

  • 50 percent of the Class of 2017 scored between 1320 and 1450 on the SAT.


  • The Clark School's nearly 200 faculty members are nationally recognized and highly respected in their fields.
  • 100+ faculty members are fellows of engineering professional societies and 50+ are recipients of National Science Foundation Early Career Awards.
  • The Clark School and the National Academy of Engineering

Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members:

  • John Anderson (emeritus)
  • Gregory Baecher
  • Jack Gansler
  • Ali Mosleh
  • C.D. Mote
  • Elaine Oran
  • Ben Shneiderman
  • Katepalli Sreenivasan

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members Who Are NAE Members:

  • Arthur Bergles
  • Howard Baum
  • James Dally
  • Robert Deutsch
  • George Dieter
  • Millard Firebaugh
  • Robert Fischell
  • Howard Frank
  • Gerald Galloway
  • Eugenia Kalnay
  • Jeong Kim
  • Lyle Schwartz
  • Hratch G. Semerjian
  • G.W. "Pete" Stewart

Retired or Deceased NAE Members:

  • George Irwin (deceased)


Engineering Research

Current external research expenditures: $144 million

Major areas of emphasis:

  • Rotorcraft technology
  • Energy storage and innovative batteries
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Disaster resilience
  • Biomedical devices
  • Robotics
  • Cybersecurity and digital forensics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Systems research
  • Embedded computing
  • Regulatory science
  • Networking
  • Propulsion launch and re-entry vehicles
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Advanced materials
  • Electronic packaging
  • New product design and production
  • Chaos theory

See also Research

Industry-Oriented Research


Technology Entrepreneurship


Major Corporate Partners

See Corporate Partners for information about our program.

Major Government Partners in the Washington Area

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    See also: So You Want to be an Astronaut?
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Naval Research Laboratory

Major Campus Partners