Clark School Programs and Services
The Clark School of Engineering is home to many unique programs that provide students opportunities outside of the classroom. These include participation in cutting-edge research, working with other students to develop and build a new company, tackling real-world engineering problems and providing technical expertise in developing countries around the world.
Here is a sampling of some of our distinctive and innovative programs:
Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering
The center provides academic support services and outreach programs to recruit, retain and graduate African-American, Hispanic-American and Native-American engineering students.
Engineering Co-op & Career Services
The Clark School's cooperative education and internship programs are true partnerships between the school and the world of work. Our programs give students practical experience in industry or government, a blend of theory and application, and new skills and knowledge. They also provide competitive salaries, travel opportunities, a confidence boost and understanding of what to expect in a job, career and life.
Hinman CEOs is a living/learning program offered to undergraduate students who have demonstrated interest and potential strength in entrepreneurial ventures. An award-winning, joint effort of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Hinman CEOs encourages the participation of students from a broad range of academic disciplines and from diverse and under-represented groups.
Above Photo: Students in the Hinman CEOs program focus on product development research and the creation of business plans. Some students have actually launched their own companies through the university’s Technology Advancement Program.
College Park Scholars
College Park Scholars is a community of eleven special living-learning programs for academically talented first- and second-year students. Each program focuses on a specific theme—such as Science, Technology and Society, Science and Global Change, or Science, Discovery and the Universe—and offers specially designed courses and experiences that relate to its theme. Students take classes together and live together in selected residence halls.
Undergraduate Honors Programs
Engineering Honors Programs broaden and intensify our best students' academic experiences by deepening each student's involvement in all aspects of the learning process. The aerospace engineering and electrical & computer engineering departments offer honors programs as well as the Clark School's Engineering Honors Program
Honors students with varied interests and majors are invited to participate in Gemstone, a unique program that integrates technological and social issues into team research projects guided by a faculty mentor and spanning all four undergraduate years.
The Clark School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Laboratory, offers exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students through the Maryland Engineering Research Internship Teams. MERIT focuses on computer engineering and microelectronics, combining cutting-edge, team-based research with technical and educational seminars.
The University of Maryland's Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams Program (QUEST) brings together high-achieving students to solve participating companies' quality problems using the Six Sigma system. QUEST is a collaborative team-based program led by an interdisciplinary faculty from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. QUEST admits students from those schools as well as the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences.
Science, Technology, and Society Certificate
The 21-credit certificate enables students to take a coherent array of courses in CORE and upper-level electives from across the university. These courses typically study the interactions of science and society or of technology and society. The program culminates in a Capstone seminar and students writing a paper on a topic of their choice.
The Clark School of supports more than 30 active student societies, such as the Engineering Student Council, departmental honor and professional societies and special interest organizations.
Study Abroad Programs
Students may elect to study abroad for one semester or two and also to work abroad for a summer or semester. At present, students can study or work abroad in many countries around the world including areas of Europe, Asia and North America. Some study/work abroad programs require fluency in the native language, while other programs offer courses or work opportunities in English.
Women in Engineering Program (WIE)
WIE is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of women engineering students at the pre-college, undergraduate and graduate levels.