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Past Research Opportunities

Past Faculty Opportunities

  1. Federal Highway Administration BAA: Exploratory Research Program [pdf]
         Proposal deadline is 9/15/2011
  2. Dept. of the Navy ONR BAA: MURI [pdf]
        White papers due 9/15/11 and full proposals (by invitation only) due 11/10/11
  3. The Dept. of Defense BAA: DURIP [pdf]
         Proposal deadline is 9/20/11
  4. NSF Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps)
    Solicitation: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11560/nsf11560.htm?org=NSF
    Purpose: To identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive up to $50k in additional support (the researcher must have had an NSF grant that was active within the past 5 years) - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 25 Up to 25 in FY 2011; duration of each award is 6 months. 100 in FY 2012; duration of each award is 6 months.

    Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
    August 17, 2011 - September 09, 2011
    Oct. 01, 2011 – Dec. 15, 2011 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 15, Annually Thereafter)
    Jan. 01, 2012 - March 15, 2012 (Jan. 1 - March 15, Annually Thereafter)

    A webinar was held on the first Tuesday of every month, beginning in August 2011 to answer questions about this program. Details were posted on the I-Corps website as they became available.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the cognizant PD in ENG for this initiative:

    Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Ph.D
    Program Director, I/UCRC
    Tel: 703-292-8353
    email: rdasgupt@nsf.gov
    Directorate for Engineering
    Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

International Research Opportunities

  1. Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) [pdf]
         Pre-Proposal deadline was 8/29/11
         Full Proposal deadline is  3/15/12
  2. G8 Multilateral Funding Initiative: Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency
         Pre-Proposal deadline was 9/30/11
         Full Proposal Due Date to Call Secretariat and NSF January 27, 2012
         Official Funding Decisions/Award May 2012

         JSPS website

Foundation Opportunities

N/A


Past Student Opportunities

 

Current Research Opportunities for Faculty

Department-Based Research

Aerospace Engineering

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Additional Resources

Clark Research Administration (ClarkNet)

Research News

COEUS monthly research reports

Student Research Opportunities

Collaborations

Contact Info:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

Resources

 

Undergraduate Research Position Application Information

Students Prove
Solar Power is
Feasible Today

Students with Solar House model

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

Research Newsroom

COEUS monthly research reports

Contact Info:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

 

The online undergraduate research position application is for current Clark School engineering students and new transfer students to the Clark School.  Applications will be used by Clark School faculty and research scientists to identify students to work on their research projects. Research positions may be structured as either unpaid positions or paid hourly positions. Indicate the hours per week that you are seeking to work by clicking on the appropriate range on the form. The application includes the option for indication of your interest in positions in multiple Departments.

There are check boxes for common research areas and skills associated with positions by Department and there are text boxes for you to add supplemental information on additional skills, significant accomplishments and job experience.  

If you have already prepared a resume or curriculum vitae, you can copy and paste text into the job experience text block.
Need help writing a resume? Look at "Resumes and References" from Engineering Co-op & Career Services.  

You can partially complete the application and save it by clicking “submit” at the bottom of the form and return to it later. When you return, you can selectively update portions of this form and re-submit. At anytime, you can use the reset option at the bottom of the page to clear your entries.

Proceed to Application

Coming soon:

Faculty and research scientist research position listing. Please go to this site to indicate your interest in specific research positions being advertised by Clark School faculty and research scientists.

Research Tools

Students Prove
Solar Power is
Feasible Today

Students with Solar House model

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. Visit Solar Decathlon.

Additional Resources

Clark Research Administration

Research Newsroom

COEUS monthly research reports

Contact Info:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

IT Research Tool Now Available

Research Port ScreenshotWant to do research on mobile app development or search engine optimization? Want to know the latest developments in social networking? Find answers and learn about technology-industry trends via a comprehensive IT-industry database from Gartner, a company of IT analysts and consultants.

Students, faculty, and staff now have free access to the database thanks to a partnership of the Office of Information Technology, the University Libraries, and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Researchers can find case studies, market research, statistics, details about the latest technologies and technology companies, and more.

Go to the Research Port (http://researchport.umd.edu), and search for “Gartner” under “database name.” You will need to use your Directory ID and password to access the data.


Announcing Expertise@UM

Expertise@UMA new searchable database to assist University of Maryland faculty and staff in identifying faculty expertise for research and scholarly collaboration.

Visit the expertise@UM database now at: http://expertise.umd.edu/

 

Search Clark School Research News

Instructions: You may search for research news through six channels on the left below: Hot Topics, Keyword, Applications, Technical Areas, Funding Sources, and Departments. If you use Keyword, be sure to click Search. Results are displayed on the right below; the default results are the latest research news stories.


Hot Topics:
Energy
Bio-engineering
Nanotechnology
Keyword:
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Aerospace (40)
Communications (41)
Energy (57)
Environment (28)
Health Care (83)
Information and Computing (53)
Infrastructure (14)
Product Innovation (65)
Security (53)
Transportation (34)
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Technical Areas:  «Collapse
Aero/astrodynamics (35)
Architecture (5)
Biotech (82)
Chemicals (29)
Control Systems (28)
Data (28)
Design (39)
Devices (77)
Diagnostics (23)
Electromagnetics (4)
Fire (9)
Fluid Mechanics (8)
Hardware (17)
Instrumentation (27)
Manufacturing (25)
Materials (70)
Mechanics (10)
MEMS (18)
Modeling (58)
Multimedia (7)
Nanotechnology (56)
Networks (28)
Neuroscience (4)
Nuclear (4)
Optics/lasers (13)
Physics (12)
Power (40)
Programming (17)
Project Management (5)
Reliability (9)
Robotics (28)
Sensors (50)
Signal Processing (23)
Structures (14)
Systems (35)
Thermodynamics (7)
Vehicles (39)
Water (12)
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Department of Defense (42)
Department of Energy (17)
FDA (2)
NIH (17)
NIST (3)
NSF (82)
Other (77)
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Aerospace (31)
Bioengineering (51)
Chemical & Biomolecular (34)
Civil & Environmental (24)
Electrical & Computer (82)
Fire Protection (10)
Materials Science & Engineering (49)
Mechanical (34)
Maryland Nanocenter (19)
Institute for Systems Research (80)
UM Energy Research Center (7)
Select All

 

 

Results:  Latest Research Articles

$3.2M ARPA-E Award Supports Development of Combined Cooling/Heating/Power System
Takeuchi brings expertise in combinatorial materials science to fuel cell team.  June 23, 2014  More »

UMD Professors Join Fuel Cell Projects Awarded Combined $11.4M
»»  June 23, 2014  More »

Department of Energy renews NEES EFRC for four years
The center develops highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique way of looking at the science of energy storage.  June 20, 2014  More »

Room To Move: Spacing Graphite Layers Makes a Better Battery Anode
New process designed to make Na-ion batteries an effective alternative to Li-ion.  June 4, 2014  More »

Using Solar Energy to Make Safer Drinking Water
Wachsman Wins Pfeil Award for work on new photocatalyst.  May 18, 2014  More »

Researchers at UMD, UCONN, and Rice Awarded MURI
Qu, Srivastava and Alumnus Forte Focus Research on Changing Future Nano-Scale Device Security  May 1, 2014  More »

The Quest for a Better Battery
UMD Invention of the Year Finalists Charge Ahead  April 15, 2014  More »

Cell Phone Snoopers Beware of These Invention of the Year Finalists!
Privacy Protection for Cellular Phones  April 9, 2014  More »

Bergbreiter's Robotics Research Featured in NSF's Science Nation
'As fast as their tiny 'bot' legs will carry them! Micro-robots, smaller than a penny, could one day swarm to the rescue.'  April 8, 2014  More »

Tracking the Long-Term Cost of Wildfire Emissions
Gollner, Trouvé part of team backed by UMD Council on the Environment seed grant.  March 14, 2014  More »

 

Research Opportunities

Students Prove
Solar Power is
Feasible Today

Students with Solar House model

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:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

 

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

Opportunities:

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:
www.ursp.umd.edu/scholarships/grad-students.html

Campus site for grad student research scholarships:
www.umaryland.edu/umhans/scholarships/grad

Research by Department

Research by Major Institutes and Centers


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Research Centers

Research Facilities

Browse our full listing of research facilities

The (Simulated)
Road to Success
in Automotive
Engineering

Humvee
Illustration of a Humvee
on the simulator

 

The Maryland Center for Automotive Research and Testing (MCART) and the University of Maryland entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Aberdeen, Md., for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing study in automotive engineering and test technologies.

Good Things Come
In Very, Very
Small Packages

Nano research
Above: An atomic force
microscope (AFM) image of a single-wall nanotube contacted
by six multi-wall nanotube
probes connected to gold pads.

 

Nano research at the Maryland NanoCenter includes profound strengths in scanning nanoprobes, complex oxide and multifunctional materials, focused ion beam research, ultrasmall devices, biomolecular engineering, biomaterials, polymer composites and ultrafast dynamics.

Department-Based
Research

Aerospace Engineering

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Contact Info:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

Highly Focused, Highly Collaborative

The Clark School's numerous research centers address a wide variety of advanced engineering topics. The nine listed below are highly focused multidisciplinary organizations that advance research in their specialized fields and maintain strong relationships with industry and government.

Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
The Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center is one of three Army Research Office rotorcraft centers of excellence. Faculty, staff and students conduct leading-edge research in rotorcraft aerodynamics, aero-acoustics, dynamics, structures, smart materials and flight mechanics. The center includes unique experimental facilities, such as two fully instrumented rotor rigs, a hover tower and a 10-foot (three-meter) vacuum chamber.

The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
For the world's leading avionics, automotive, computer, semiconductor and electronics manufacturers, CALCE develops methodologies, models and tools for the design, manufacture, analysis and management of electronic products. The center is a leader in physics-of-failure approaches to reliability and life-cycle prediction and in accelerated testing, failure analysis and electronic parts selection and management.

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT)

CATT at the University of Maryland, College Park was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals and affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering supports the CATT. CATT provides an organizational umbrella for five major initiatives including Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN), CATT Laboratory (CATT Lab), Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE), Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC), and Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer (MD T2) Center.

Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE)
CEEE is an international leader in research and education in environmentally responsible and economically feasible thermal management systems for buildings, transportation and electronic cooling. With support from government and industry sponsors and the university, CEEE research addresses advanced heat exchangers, alternative cooling technologies and fluids, integrated systems optimization, and cooling, heating and power systems.

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Bringing together experts from the Clark School, computer science, and fields such as economics, social science and public policy , the Maryland Cybersecurity Center partners with government and industry in two major initiatives: providing educational programs that prepare the future cybersecurity workforce, and developing innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks.  Research addresses software and network security, cyber supply chain security, cybersecurity policy, attacker behavioral analysis, health care IT, and many other topics.

Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet)
One of 17 NASA-sponsored Commercial Space Centers, the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet) partners with industry to transform hybrid network concepts into profitable business ventures. Hybrid networks link satellite and wireless systems with cellular, cable, Internet and telephone networks. Research topics include network security, Internet-over-satellite, wireless and ad hoc networks, Internet traffic patterns, free-space optics and air traffic control.

Maryland NanoCenter
A partnership between the Clark School, the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences and the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, the Maryland NanoCenter promotes major nano research and education initiatives, provides one point of contact for those seeking nano expertise and partnerships at the university, and supplies infrastructure to facilitate university nano activities through equipment, staff support, and informational and administrative functions.

The Maryland Robotics Center
Through interdisciplinary research and educational programs based on a systems approach, the Maryland Robotics Center seeks to advance robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and robot applications.  Research activities include development of robotic component technologies (e.g., sensors, actuators, structures, and communication), novel robotic platforms, and intelligence and autonomy for robotic systems. The center includes faculty members from multiple Clark School departments, biology, and computer science.

Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC)
MRSEC is part of a network of national materials research centers funded by the National Science Foundation. Research is focused on two areas of advanced materials technology: low dimensional interfaces and multifunctional magnetic oxides. The center maintains scientific collaborations with industry, government laboratories and other educational institutions, as well as outreach programs to public schools.

University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC)
UMERC is a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage. The center focuses on four principal areas of energy technology research, energy policy and economics, and educational programs.

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More Clark School Centers

 

 

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Research Institutes

Robots That Hear

This little robot on wheels
can avoid collisions.

sonar robot
Above: A mobile robot, based on bat sonar, that avoids collisions in complex environments.

Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research Assistant Professor Timothy Horiuchi is developing robots that can hear. Helping pioneer a new field called "neuromorphic engineering," Horiuchi is part of a team that builds machines that mimic biological sensory processes and process information in a way that is similar to the brain. The neuromorphic approach seeks to create technology superior in size, speed and low power consumption.

Department-Based Research

Aerospace Engineering

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Contact Info

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

Well Established Cross-Disciplinary Engineering Research

The Clark School has been a leader in cross-disciplinary engineering research for several decades, having established through the university three highly successful and well known institutes:

 

Associate Professor Timothy Horiuchi (ECE/ISR) holds a tiny prototype bat head next to a bat-inspired sonar device.

See "Robots That Hear" sidebar for more information.

 

The Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
ISR advances and exploits fundamental methodological tools—intelligent control, modeling and optimization, communications and signal processing, computing, operations research, human factors, reliability and risk assessment, and systems integration—to solve systems engineering problems. The institute has produced enabling technologies for manufacturing processes, consumer products and very large-scale engineering systems such as hybrid communication networks, and made important contributions to basic research and education. ISR offers a full range of collaboration options for interested corporations.

The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH)
MTECH accelerates new ventures, spurs economic growth, and brings university expertise to Maryland companies through technology entrepreneurship and research programs. Research programs are:

Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)
To significantly boost the state's research capacities in bioscience and biotechnology, and thereby increase scientific discovery, technology transfer, and economic development, IBBR brings together the research strengths of the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore (including the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing), the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and the former University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. IBBR participates in the Maryland BioChip Collaborative.

The Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP)
A joint institute of the Clark School and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, IREAP applies basic science skills to practical problems and engineering skills to fundamental scientific investigations. The institute is recognized internationally in high-temperature plasma physics, plasma spectroscopy, relativistic microwave electronics, high-brightness charged particle beams, laser-plasma interactions, nonlinear dynamics (chaos), ion beam microfabrication techniques, microwave sintering of advanced materials, nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Several institutes outside the Clark School jointly appoint our faculty and encourage cross-disciplinary research and education. Two such institutes are:

Research: The Cross-Disciplinary Perspective

Department-Based Research

Aerospace Engineering

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Additional Resources

Clark Research Administration (ClarkNet)

Research News

COEUS monthly research reports

Student Research Opportunities

Collaborations

Contact Info:

Alison Flatau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research,
Clark School of Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
3110b Kim Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
ph: 301-405-1959
fax: 301-314-5908
email: aflatau@umd.edu

 

 

Dr. Alison Flatau  

Dr. Alison Flatau, Associate Dean for Research

 

Today—in communications, energy, new product design and production, the environment, health care, national security, transportation, space exploration—engineers face increasingly complex challenges and opportunities. A new perspective on engineering research is needed, one in which developing new collaborations between engineering disciplines is equal in importance to exploring the depths of each discipline. The Clark School has done much to foster this perspective, and with our new Kim Engineering Building we have created the perfect setting for achieving it.

Current Research Opportunities for Faculty

Current Research Opportunities for Students


Learn About Our Energy and Sustainability Research

Comprehensive Research Structure

We have anticipated the need for cross-disciplinary engineering research by establishing over many years a comprehensive research structure whose components organize our research efforts and make it easier for students and faculty, and for academic, business and government collaborators to understand the opportunities available and join with us. Components are:

  • Individual departments, where faculty members, students and collaborators pursue new knowledge in their specialized areas (see sidebar).
  • Engineering centers, some based in one department, some in multiple departments, in which groups of researchers and students focus on highly specific areas of work, often with strong ties to industry collaborators.
  • Institutes, large organizations established by the university to promote a cross-disciplinary approach to broad areas of research, involving faculty and students from the Clark School and other university units as well as external research collaborators.

An Emphasis on Undergraduate Research

In an effort to produce more engineering researchers, the Clark School offers undergraduates both informal and formal research opportunities. Informal opportunities are those arranged with individual faculty members, typically through each department's director of undergraduate programs. Formal opportunities include an exceptional array of innovative undergraduate research programs such as

REU/RET Summer Programs

Graduate Research Support Opportunities

Special Graduate Research Programs
For graduates, there is a wide array of special programs, including opportunities within departments such as the L-3 Fellow program, Fischell graduate fellowships, the Lockheed graduate student support program and the Citrin Fellowships for graduate students. For more information, visit the research opportunities page.

Writing a Successful DOD Fellowship Application (pdf)

The Kim Building: The Future of the Clark School

Nowhere is the Clark School's cross-disciplinary approach to research more fully realized than in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. In this beautiful and advanced facility, adaptable state-of-the-art labs are shared across departments to encourage cross-disciplinary work, and both large conference facilities and small discussion areas foster the exchange of ideas with internal and external colleagues. Technologies include optoelectronics, nanotechnology, bioengineering, microelectronics and MEMS, sensors and actuators, transportation systems and space research. The building's 10,000-square foot clean room is a major resource for multiple research programs.