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UMD Professors Receive Four 2013-2014 APS Awards

Sikorsky signing ceremonyThe University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering professors were awarded a disproportionately large number of prizes from the American Physical Society this year, receiving 4 out of 55 awards.

The American Physical Society is an organization that works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, laboratories and industry across the nation and the world.

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APS distributes prizes and awards annually to recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service. With few exceptions, APS awards and prizes are open to any member of the national and international scientific community. The nomination and selection of recipients is done by APS-appointed selection.

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Mr. Bruk Berhane, Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment
A. James Clark School of Engineering
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Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

State of the School 2011 (pdf, requires faculty/staff login)

Plan of Organization (pdf)

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The Board of Visitors assists the Clark School in gaining recognition and support as a leader in engineering education and research. Members provide the dean and school leadership with objective information and intellectual stimulation, advising on a wide range of issues that include strategic planning, corporate relations, fund raising initiatives, communications strategies and other opportunities. As knowledgeable and dedicated advocates of the school, members help attract and engage a diverse group of supporters and serve as liaisons between the Clark School, industry, government and other academic institutions.

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Jean-Luc Abaziou

Mr. Jean-Luc Abaziou
Techno-Sciences, Inc.

Rajeev Batra Mr. Rajeev Batra
Mayfield Fund

Kimberly BrownDr. Kimberly Brown
CEO and President
Amethyst Technologies, LLC

William Calhoun, Jr. Mr. William Calhoun, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Clark Construction Group, LLC

Warren Citrin Mr. Warren Citrin
Co-founder and Director
Gloto Corporation

P.Douglas Dollenberg Mr. P. Douglas Dollenberg
Nottingham Properties, Inc.

Emilio Fernandez Mr. Emilio Fernandez
(BOV Vice-Chair)

Managing Director
Pulse Capital LLC

Dr. Robert E. Fischell Dr. Robert E. Fischell
CEO and Chairman
Fischell Biomedical, LLC

Mr. T. Paul Gaske Mr. T. Paul Gaske
Executive Vice President
Hughes Network Systems, LLC

William Gausman Mr. William Gausman
Sr. Vice President
Asset Management & Planning
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Andrew (Jody) Gessow Mr. Andrew (Jody) Gessow

Delon HamptonDr. Delon Hampton
Chairman & Founder
Delon Hampton & Associates

Brian L. HinmanMr. Brian L. Hinman
Venture Partner
Mimosa Networks

Ali HirsaMr. Ali Hirsa
Managing Partner
Sauma Capita, LLC

Ray O. JohnsonDr. Ray O. Johnson
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Chris JonesDr. Christopher T. Jones
President, Technical Services Sector
Northrop Grumman Corporation

William E. KoffelMr. William E. Koffel
Koffel Associates, Inc.

Ronald W. LowmanMr. Ronald W. Lowman

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 G. Lee LushbaughMr. G. Lee Lushbaugh, Jr.
Sr. Vice President
Bechtel Group, Inc.

Arthur MorrishDr. Arthur Morrish
Vice President & CTO, Business Operations,
L-3 Communications

Ram MukundaMr. Ram Mukunda
India Globalization Capital

J. Scott Ogilvie Mr. J. Scott Ogilvie

Dr. Marilyn R. Berman PollansDr. Marilyn R. Berman Pollans

James Redifer, BOV Chair Mr. James L. Redifer

Jenny Regan Ms. Jennifer F. Regan
CEO and President
Key Technologies, Inc.

Tim ReganMr. Timothy J. Regan
President and CEO
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Joseph Reyes Mr. Joseph Reyes
President, Orion Enterprises


Raymond P. Schiavone Mr. Raymond P. Schiavone
President and CEO, Quark, Inc.

Thomas A. Scholl Mr. Thomas A. Scholl
(BOV Chair)

Saul Seltzer Mr. Saul Seltzer
President, S. Seltzer Construction Corporation

Alex Severinsky Mr. Alex Severinsky
CEO, Fuelcor LLC

Phillip TanMr. Philip Tan
Group Head of E Business
Bank of Ayudhya Public Co. Ltd.

Pedro Wasmer Mr. Pedro Wasmer
Retired, President, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd.


Tom Wilson Mr. Thomas L. Wilson, Jr.
Vice President and General Manager
Spacecraft Systems and Services
ATK Space Systems

Stephen J. Woerner Mr. Stephen J. Woerner
Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Steve ZaminskiMr. Stephen P. Zaminski

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Meet Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean of the Clark School

Learn More About the Clark School

From the Dean

Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

State of the School 2011 (pdf,
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Plan of Organization (pdf)

Meet Our Board of Visitors



Dr. Darryll PinesDarryll J. Pines has served as Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School since January, 2009. He first arrived at the Clark School in 1995 as an assistant professor and then served as Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2009.

As Dean, Pines has led the development of the Clark School's current strategic plan and achieved notable successes in key areas, such as improving teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses and raising student retention; achieving success in national and international student competitions; placing new emphasis on sustainability engineering and service learning; promoting STEM education among high school students; increasing the impact of research programs; and expanding philanthropic contributions to the school. Today, the school's one-year undergraduate retention rate and five-year graduation rate is 90 percent and 65% respectively, the university's Solar Decathlon team placed first worldwide in the most recent competition against other leading universities, our Engineers Without Borders chapter is considered one of the nation's best, and the Engineering Sustainability Workshop launched by Pines has become a key campus event. Pines has testified before Congress on STEM education and created the Top 25 Source Schools program for Maryland high schools.  At a national level he has led an effort as part of the American Society for Engineering Education-ASEE Deans Council’s K-12 STEM Committee to develop a potential College Board AP Exam in Engineering.  He is the current Secretary on the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium (GEM), a national non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support increasing untapped domestic human capital at the graduate level in STEM fields. 

At $144 million, the Clark School's research expenditures are at a record high, and the school is ranked 16th worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which focuses on research citations. The Clark School led the university in achieving and surpassing its $185 million Great Expectations campaign goal, going on to reach $240 million as of the most recent accounting.

During Pines' leadership of aerospace engineering, the department was ranked 8th overall among U.S. universities and 5th among public schools in the U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings. Pines has been director of the Sloan Scholars Program since 1996, and served as chair of the Engineering Council, director of the NASA CUIP Program, and director of the SAMPEX flight experiment. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Board for Engineers Without Borders-EWB National and major corporations.

During a leave of absence from the University (2003-2006), Pines served as Program Manager for the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). While at DARPA, Pines initiated five new programs primarily related to the development of aerospace technologies, for which he received a Distinguished Service Medal. He also held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Chevron Corporation, and Space Tethers Inc. At LLNL, Pines worked on the Clementine Spacecraft program, which discovered water near the south pole of the moon. A replica of the spacecraft now sits in the National Air and Space Museum.

Pines' current research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing and biologically-inspired structures, as well as the guidance, navigation, and control of uninhabited aerospace vehicles. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has received an NSF CAREER Award.

Pines received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Core Capabilities


Alumni & Friends

Innovation Hall of Fame


Recent Events

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Degrees Offered

Undergrad. Majors


Freshman Profile



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Industry Research






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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


Significant Accomplishments Archives

Significant Accomplishments

Learn More About the Clark School

Learn More about Dean Pines

From the Dean

Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

State of the School 2010 (pdf, requires faculty/staff login)

Plan of Organization (pdf)

Meet Our Board of Visitors




Twice a year we send out a comprehensive listing of the Clark School's latest and most important achievements, covering new research, new programs, technology entrepreneurship, and the accomplishments of faculty, students, and alumni.

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From the Dean

Learn More About the Clark School

Learn More About Dean Pines

Significant Accomplishments

Innovation Hall of Fame

Strategic Plan 2009-2014 (pdf)

Plan of Organization (pdf)

Meet Our Board of Visitors


Dr. Darryll PinesAt the Clark School of Engineering we bring together forward-looking people dedicated to creating progress and making the world a better place, including talented undergraduate and graduate students, award-winning faculty, dedicated staff, leading corporate and government partners, supportive alumni and visionary philanthropists.

We work together in eight academic departments, three research institutes, an array of innovative cross-disciplinary programs, major corporate and government labs, nationwide alumni chapters and our sterling Board of Visitors. Together we help to make this diverse and dynamic campus located on the edge of the nation's capitol a place to discover ideas and technologies that will change the world.

Dr. Darryll Pines, Farvardin Professor and Dean
Learn more about the dean, including his accomplishments and background.

A Major Force in Engineering

Because of the quality and scope of our work, and our location, we are a major force in the nation's technological advancement, working hand-in-hand with corporate, government and academic colleagues. Our research expenditures—more than $110 million for the most recent fiscal year—indicate our leading role in aerospace, networking technologies, bioengineering, defense and consumer electronics, intelligent transportation, advanced materials, nanotechnology, energy and public safety, to name only a few. If you want to help our country take on difficult challenges—how to explore space, communicate more securely and effectively, develop new treatments for diseases, travel with greater safety, create new energy resources and unlock the potential of the "nano-world"—come to the Clark School.

If you want to build sustainable solutions for specific engineering problems in countries around the globe, work with our award-winning Engineers Without Borders program. If you want to help advance innovative ventures to drive the region's economy, facilitate technology transfer, and promote technology entrepreneurship, work with our Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. At the Clark School, we're fully engaged—in the region, the nation and the world.

Where Everything Comes Together

Ideas that can change the world have their foundations in specialized knowledge—yet these ideas inevitably rise up to interconnect and become more powerful. As a model for this interconnection, we have constructed the Kim Engineering Building. With nearly 30 state-of-the-art laboratories and a wide range of participating departments, the Kim Building is home to some of the most exciting and innovative interdisciplinary research and educational programs in the nation.

Innovative thinking is well-established at the Clark School and underlies the many "first-of-its-kind" educational programs for which we are well known, including: Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs), Gemstone, and College Park Scholars, three of our "living and learning" programs;  Inventis: The Academy of Engineering Scholars; QUEST (quality enhancement systems); the "Introduction to Engineering Design" course; Women In Engineering; and a host of programs focusing on undergraduate research opportunities, including ASPIRE (industry-oriented research); and MERIT-BIEN (research internships). We are fiercely committed to undergraduate research, developing a working knowledge of research methods and that sense of possibility that only research can instill.

Change—We Thrive On It

At the Clark School we thrive on change. The school itself has undergone an enormous transformation in the past several years, rising quickly among the ranks of the nation's finest institutions. If you, too, thrive on change, we invite you to browse the above web pages to learn more about us and how you can join in our work. Let's start today to work creatively together to make our world a better place.

About Us

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions.

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