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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.
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).
The Clark School engages in a broad and deep array of research programs to solve important engineering problems and develop new knowledge.
The Clark School provides training for undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of engineering disciplines.
The Clark School, through the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH), fosters technology entrepreneurship among students and faculty and serves the needs of technology businesses.
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).
Glenn L. Martin, pioneer airplane builder, university benefactor.
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A. James Clark, '50, Chairman and CEO, Clark Enterprises, Inc., Clark School benefactor.
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Jeong H. Kim, '91, Clark School faculty member and benefactor, president of Bell Labs, LGS Innovations, LLC.
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Robert E. Fischell, benefactor and inventor of medical devices.
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Michael D. Griffin, '77, former director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Brian Hinman, '82, benefactor, entrepreneur and educational innovator.
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Gordon England, '61, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense.
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Robert Briskman, '61, co-founder of Sirius Satellite Radio.
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Edward Miller, '50, and James Plummer, '53, 2005 Charles Stark Draper Prize winners.
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- The Clark School Board of Visitors consists of leaders from industry and government.
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.
Major Recent Events
- The Fischell Festival—A Celebration of Bioengineering's Potential to Improve Life for Millions of People—showcases the Fischell Department of Bioengineering.
- Maryland Robotics Day is organized by the Maryland Robotics Center to show case its innovations and facilities.
National Science Foundation I-Corps Grant establishes a regional I-Corps node for National Innovation Network.
Major New Programs
- Keystone: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors
- Maryland Robotics Center
- Maryland Cybersecurity Center
- Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES)
- University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC)
- Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI)
- Maryland NanoCenter
- Professional Development Program in Project Management and Master of Engineering in Project Management
- Bachelor of Science
- Master of Science
- Master of Engineering
- Professional Master of Engineering
- Engineering Graduate Certificate
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- International Engineering
- Project Management
- Nanoscience and Technology
- Nuclear Engineering
- Engineering Leadership Development
- Undergraduate enrollment (total): 3,888
- Fall '13 freshman class (total): 706
- Graduate enrollment (total): 1,943
- Undergraduate transfer students per year: 125
- Undergraduate enrollment: 19.9 percent female, 11 percent underrepresented minorities and 30.5 percent minorities ("underrepresented minorities" does not include Asian Americans, but "minorities" does).
- Graduate enrollment: 22.9 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.
- 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)
Current external research expenditures: $144 million
Major areas of emphasis:
- Rotorcraft technology
- Energy storage and innovative batteries
- Sustainable technologies
- Disaster resilience
- Biomedical devices
- Cybersecurity and digital forensics
- Systems research
- Embedded computing
- Regulatory science
- Propulsion launch and re-entry vehicles
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Advanced materials
- Electronic packaging
- New product design and production
- Chaos theory
See also Research
- Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program: faculty research to enhance company competitiveness
- Biotechnology Program (Biotech): bioprocess scale-up, technical assistance, and training
- Maryland Technology Extension Service (MTES): manufacturing solutions for Maryland companies
- A Scholars Program for Industry-Oriented Research in Engineering (ASPIRE): undergraduate research projects
- Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE): leader in physics-of-failure approaches to reliability and life-cycle management
- The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) accelerates new ventures, spurs economic growth, and brings university expertise to Maryland companies through technology entrepreneurship and research programs.
- Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (Hinman CEOs) Program: a living/learning undergraduate entrepreneurship program.
- Technology Advancement Program (TAP): incubator for technology-based start-up companies.
- VentureAccelerator Program: Intense, hands-on assistance to guide faculty and students in launching new technology ventures.
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
- The Robert H. Smith School of Business collaborates with QUEST and the Hinman CEOs program
- The College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the support the Maryland NanoCenter.
- School of Agriculture
- School of Public Policy