Our top stories from 2017
2017 has been a spectacular year for the Clark School!
Here are just a few of the stories that made it special.
In October, UMD announced
the largest investment in university history:
$219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.
increase college access and affordability, spark innovations that tackle today’s most daunting problems,
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
the top design from the U.S.
Alumna Makes History
For the first time,
an African American will call the International Space Station (ISS) home.
Jeanette Epps will join Expedition 56 to the ISS in 2018.
This milestone posting will make her
the first African American and 13th woman to live and work as a long duration crew member on the station.
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
Seven UMD undergrads
earned the top prize in this year’s National Institutes of Health Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams challenge.
was awarded $20,000
a portable EEG to detect Alzheimer’s disease
First Biocompatible Battery
Clark School engineers have invented
an entirely new kind of battery.
It is biocompatible,
it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the body uses.
Potential applications might include the development of devices that
can prevent or treat such medical problems as Alzheimer’s disease.
Opening Frontiers for Testing UAS
In September, the Clark School opened
the only university outdoor flight laboratory
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
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