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More than 125 University of Maryland students, both graduate and undergraduate, have spent three years planning and building an 800- square foot house that runs entirely on solar power. This is the second time UM has entered the Solar Decathlon.

Additional Resources

Clark Research Administration (ClarkNet)

Research Newsroom

COEUS monthly research reports

Contact Info:

Robert Briber, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research
3110 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-7313
fax: 301-314-5908



The Clark School of Engineering is a research powerhouse, with more than $144 million in annual research expenditures by leading investigators in seven departments and four institutes, more than 130 laboratories, 23 research centers, innovative programs for undergraduates, and active research relationships with major engineering firms, government labs and academic centers. See Resources and Facilities.

2004 Rotorcraft Team Helicopter 3D model  
As of 2005, the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center's  graduate student Rotorcraft Team has won eight straight first place finishes in the Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Helicopter Society. Teams are challenged to create a vertical lift aircraft that meets specified requirements.  

Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are numerous and diverse, with major research programs in (among many others): bioengineering; communications and networking; systems research; embedded computing; rotorcraft technology; launch and reentry vehicles; space robotics; intelligent transportation systems; advanced materials; nanotechnology; electronic packaging; and energy systems.

And, within the Kim Engineering Building, we offer the latest in research and instructional laboratories, with a strong emphasis on the cross-disciplinary approaches needed to solve major engineering problems.

If you are considering graduate studies at some point in your future or you are a current graduate student, please look through the opportunities for support through the programs described below.  Contact your advisor and/or me for assistance these programs and with preparing a competitive application. And if you are a freshman, sophomore or junior, browse these web sites to learn about available programs and start preparing now by taking advantage of undergraduate research internships and summer research positions.

Special Undergraduate Research Programs

For undergrads, there is a wide array of special programs, including opportunities within departments and in:

Graduate Research Support Opportunities

Information on Applying for Graduate Fellowships


Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)
Students supported on GRAs participate in research projects funded by grants.  They perform their duties under the supervision of a faculty member. Graduate research assistants often work on material that is directly related to their theses or dissertations.  A full GRA is a 12-month appointment, and the typical work load is 20 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer.  The assistantship includes a salary, subsidized health benefits, and tuition remission for 10 credit hours per semester, as well as eight credit hours for summer.

GRAs are awarded through the department by individual faculty members.  Subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds, GRAs are renewable each semester.

Research scholarship opportunities for grad students:

Campus site for grad student research scholarships:

Research by Department

Research by Major Institutes and Centers

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