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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 18th in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013." The Clark School is ranked 9th in the nation among public universities. In 2011 the Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities ranked the Clark School 11th in the world among all engineering programs.
The Clark School's undergraduate programs collectively rank 19th in the nation according to the 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey. The Clark School is ranked 9th in the nation among public undergraduate engineering programs.
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 Annual Fischell Festival—A Celebration of Bioengineering's Potential to Improve Life for Millions of People—celebrated the anniversary of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering in May of 2007.
- $31 million gift from Robert Fischell and his sons establishes the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices.
- NanoDay is held once a year by the Maryland NanoCenter to show case its talent and facilities.
- $30 million Clark Scholarship Endowment revolutionizes undergraduate education
- The Maryland NanoCenter is ranked #5 in education and #7 in research by Small Times
Major New Programs
- Keystone: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors
- Professional Development Program in Project Management and Master of Engineering in Project Management
- Master of Engineering and Public Policy
- Maryland NanoCenter
- 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): 2968
- Fall '12 freshman class (total): 686
- Graduate enrollment (total): 1804
- Undergraduate transfer students per year: 100-125
- Undergraduate enrollment: 19.9 percent female, 10.4 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: 21 percent female, 9.8 percent underrepresented minorities, 25.6 percent minorities.
- 50 percent of the Class of 2016 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
- Eugenia Kalnay
- Ali Mosleh
- C.D. Mote
- 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
- Jeong Kim
- Lyle Schwartz
- Hratch G. Semerjian
- G.W. "Pete" Stewart
Retired or Deceased NAE Members:
- George Irwin (deceased)
Current external research expenditures: $126 million
Major areas of emphasis:
- Telecommunications and networking
- Systems research
- Embedded computing
- Rotorcraft technology
- Propulsion launch and re-entry vehicles
- Space robotics
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Advanced materials
- Electronic packaging
- Energy systems
- 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
- AFCEA Bethesda Chapter
- BAE Systems
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Clark Construction Group, LLC
- Constellation Energy
- Hughes Network Systems
- L3 Communications
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- Texas Instruments
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 (Master of Engineering and Public Policy)