Transplant Organ Flown by Unmanned Aerial System
For patients needing an organ transplant, time is of the essence — yet traditional methods of delivery, whether using ground or air transportation, have often suffered from inefficiencies and delays. Aviation and engineering experts at the Clark School’s UAS Test Site have demonstrated that organ deliveries can be conducted safely using unmanned aerial systems, popularly known as “drones.”

WWII Atomic Relic Turns Up in Maryland
A very rare piece of atomic history—a mysterious block of uranium metal—landed on the desk of Tim Koeth in 2013. So marks the beginning of a years-long investigation into the many secrets of the two-inch square cube, and the intriguing note that came with it:  Taken from the reactor that Hitler tried to build. Gift of Ninninger .

Researchers Demonstrate Inexpensive Solar Evaporator Made of Wood
Traditional desalination systems are far too expensive to install and operate in many locations, especially in low-income countries and remote areas. Researchers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering have demonstrated a successful prototype of one critical component for affordable small-scale desalination: an inexpensive solar evaporator, made of wood.

Measuring Change in the Atmosphere Using Nanoparticles
Associate Professor Asa-Awuku strives to understand the molecular components of the atmosphere that exist at the ultrasmall nanoscale, where one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. In nature, atmospheric nanoparticles have a range of effects, from interacting with cloud droplets to form or inhibit rain to modulating greenhouse gas behavior. In humans, they can be inhaled and impact the respiratory system or be used as biological or chemical threats in conflicts.

Medical Robots Enhanced by Machine Learning May Reduce Trauma Fatalities
To improve the health-giving capacity for trauma patients during the ambulance ride, Assistant Professor Axel Krieger wants to equip the ambulance with a medical robot enhanced by machine learning (ML). “One of the biggest dangers during the ambulance ride is undiagnosed, internal hemorrhagic bleeding,” he says. “It’s currently undetectable with methods available on the ambulance ride. You can’t see it.” But a robot can.

Featured Program
The Clark Doctoral Fellows Program was launched in 2017 to support high-performing engineering Ph.D. students at the A.James Clark School of Engineering as part of a $219.5 million investment by the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.