2017 has been a spectacular year for the Clark School!
Here are just a few of the stories that made it special.
Building Together
A. James Clark Hall
In November, UMD dedicated the campus’s newest building. A. James Clark Hall today is the only space in the nation dedicated to bioengineering and the translation of health-related products that incorporates FDA-funded Centers of Excellence in both Regulatory Science and Pediatric Device Innovation.
UMD Team 1st in U.S.
UMD’s entry into the 2017 Solar Decathlon, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design and build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses, took second place overall and was the top design from the U.S.
Alumna Makes History
UMD Loop a Top Competitor
In the second SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition held August 25–27, a team of UMD undergrads was one of only six selected to complete an open air run in the Hyperloop tube. The team, UMD Loop, competed against 24 international teams in this round of the competition.
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
On August 14, state and university leaders gathered at UMD to officially launch the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, created by the state to turn research breakthroughs by Maryland academic institutions into commercial, clean energy solutions that meet the needs of the state and its people.
Undergrads Develop Tools to Diagnose Alzheimer’s
First Biocompatible Battery
Opening Frontiers for Testing UAS
In September, the Clark School opened the only university outdoor flight laboratory for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the D.C.–Maryland–Virginia region. The netted Fearless Flight Facility will serve as a catalyst for innovation in the areas of flight control, sensing, autonomy, counter-UAS, and more.
Responding to Record-Breaking Hurricanes
In August, Hurricane Harvey unloaded more than 50 inches of rain in parts of Texas. The catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Maria soon followed. National and local news outlets turned to the disaster expertise of engineers in the Clark School. 
Read more in our Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 issues of Engineering at Maryland magazine!