The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is pleased to welcome to its College Park campus several distinguished National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members who will be returning to or joining our faculty for the first time this fall. Jeong H. Kim, C. Daniel Mote, Jr., Deb Niemeier, Percy Pierre, Darryll J. Pines, and Stephen Trimberger join 12 other NAE members on faculty at UMD.

UMD has announced the launch of the Quantum Technology Center, which aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies. The center will capitalize on the university’s strong research programs and partnerships in quantum science and systems engineering, and pursue collaborations with industry and government to help take promising quantum advances from the lab to the marketplace.

Don DeVoe and fellow University of Maryland researchers have developed a micro-scale device for analyzing bacteria in human blood that could enable the rapid and efficient identification of pathogens at the point of care.

Inspired by the intricate system of water circulating in a tree, a research team from the University of Maryland, Princeton University, and the University of Colorado Boulder have figured out how to use a thin slice of wood as a membrane through which water vapor can evaporate, leaving behind salt or other contaminants.

Undergraduate and graduate student teams from the A. James Clark School of Engineering took top honors in an international competition sponsored by Airbus to design a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The 2018–19 theme was “Extreme Altitude Mountain Rescue Vehicle,” which challenged students to design a rotorcraft to perform emergency medical services up to the highest altitudes in the world.

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.