A. JAMES CLARK SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING (ENGR)3110 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, 301-405-8335
Dean: Darryll Pines
Associate Dean(s): William Fourney, Peter Kofinas, Alison Flatau
The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students access to unique opportunities to prepare for and launch rewarding careers.
We combine rigorous classroom learning with opportunities for hands-on educational experiences, including the autonomous hovercraft project in freshman year and capstone courses in junior and senior years; participation in numerous national and international engineering competitions in which the school is consistently successful; a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem; and extensive internship opportunities.
We offer students the chance to engage in cutting-edge research, whether in the many labs run by prominent faculty members in state-of-the-art facilities, or with potential employers in nearby federal research labs and corporations. Research enables students to dig deeper into their majors or explore new areas of possible interest.
With one of the nation’s most active chapters of Engineers Without Borders, Clark School students can apply their skills and energies in the service of less fortunate people all around the world. Service options closer to home are available through the many student societies, alternative spring breaks and targeted initiatives started by fellow students.
It is this range of opportunities that makes the Clark School so valuable to talented, ambitious students who want a deeper university experience. We encourage you to explore further by visiting www.eng.umd.edu .
Direct Admissions Requirements
Admission to the Clark School of Engineering is limited. Applicants are reviewed and will be admitted directly on a competitive basis. Evaluation is based on high school grades, standardized test scores, activities, leadership and demonstrations of potential to succeed. An applicant may apply to any of the majors offered within the School. An applicant also has the option of entering as an Undecided Engineering major and will typically choose a degree program in the first year.
Directly admitted freshmen will be subject to an academic review at the end of the semester in which they attain 45 University of Maryland credits. In order to successfully complete the review, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed ENES100, Fundamental Studies English, one Distributed Studies Course from the Humanities or Social Sciences, and the following sequence of Gateway requirements: MATH141, PHYS161, and CHEM135, or CHEM271 with a grade of "C-" or better.
Direct Admissions Requirements
Internal and external transfer students will be directly admitted to the Clark School if they meet the Gateway requirements, MATH141 with a "B-", PHYS161 with a "B-", CHEM113 or CHEM135 or CHEM271 with a grade of "C-" or better, have completed Fundamental Studies English, have completed at least one Humanities or Social Studies course, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all college-level coursework, and who have not previously been admitted to the Clark School of Engineering. Students interested in transferring to the Department of Bioengineering must also complete BIOE 120 with a minimum grade of "B-" or better for admission. Only one repeat of a single course to the set of Gateway courses, either at the University of Maryland or at any other university or college, will be considered to meet the review requirements. A course in which a grade of W (withdrawn) is earned is counted as an attempt. Students should wait until all gateway requirements are complete before applying for admission to the School.
All students denied admission to the Clark School may appeal the decision in writing directly to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in the Clark School. External transfer students who are denied admission to the University may appeal to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of the University.
Engineering Transfer Programs
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There may be some courses which are not offered by the schools participating in the Engineering Transfer program. Students should investigate the feasibility of completing these courses in summer school at the
Undergraduate Degree Requirements/Degree Options
Structure of Engineering Curricula: Courses in the normal curriculum or program and prescribed credit hours leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (with curriculum designation) are outlined in the sections describing each department in the Clark School of Engineering. No student may modify the prescribed number of hours without special permission from the Dean of the School. The courses in each curriculum may be classified in the following categories:
1. Courses in the General Education Program,
2. Courses in the physical sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.
3. Related technical courses, engineering sciences and other courses approved for one curriculum but offered by another department.
4. Courses in the major department. A student should obtain written approval for any substitution of courses from the department chair and the Dean of the School. The courses in each engineering curriculum, as classified below, form a sequential and developmental pattern in subject matter. In this respect, curricula in engineering may differ from curricula in other colleges. Some regulations which are generally applicable to all students may need clarification for purposes of orderly administration among engineering students (see the Academic Regulations in Chapter 4). Moreover, the Clark School of Engineering establishes policies which supplement university regulations.
1. The responsibility for proper registration and for satisfying stated prerequisites for any course must rest with the student as does the responsibility for proper achievement in courses in which the student is enrolled. Each student should be familiar with the provisions of this catalog, including the Academic Regulations.
2. Required courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry have highest priority. It is strongly recommended that every engineering student register for mathematics and chemistry or mathematics and physics each semester until the student has fully satisfied requirements of the Clark School of Engineering in these subjects.
3. To be eligible for a bachelor's degree in the Clark School of Engineering, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0, a "C-" or better in all engineering degree requirements including: BIOE, BSCI, CHBE, CMSC, ENXX, ENSP and GEOL. Students matriculating to UM in the fall of 2012 or after must also have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in their major courses, minor courses and classes used to satisfy certificate programs.
4. In addition to the requirement for a "C-" or better in all engineering, CMSC, and degree requirements, all students who begin college-level work, either at the University of Maryland or any other institution in the Spring 2005 semester or later, must receive a grade of "C-" or higher in all technical courses (e.g. mathematics, physics, etc) used to satisfy major requirements.
5. A course taken at UM in which a grade has been earned may not be repeated via transfer from another institution.
6. Students in the Clark School of Engineering must have a minimum 2.0 University of Maryland GPA to enroll in courses at another institution.
7. All students are required to complete a number of general education courses and must follow the university's requirements regarding completion of the General Education Program. Consult the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for additional information. Engineering students who began college-level work (either at the University of Maryland or at other institutions) during the Fall 1989 semester or later are required to complete a junior-level technical writing course, ENGL393, regardless of their performance in freshman English classes. This represents a School policy, not a University-wide policy.
8. All degree programs in the Clark School of Engineering require a minimum of 120 credits plus satisfaction of all department, School, and University general education program requirements. Students should be aware that for all currently existing engineering programs the total number of credits necessary for the degree exceeds 120 by some number that depends on the specific major.
Curricula for the various engineering departments are given in this catalog to illustrate how the programs can be completed in four years. These curricula are rigorous and relatively difficult. Surveys have shown that only about one-third to one-half of the students actually receive an engineering degree in four years. The majority of students (whether at Maryland or at other engineering schools nationwide) complete the engineering program in four and one-half to five years. It is quite feasible for a student to stretch out any curriculum; this may be necessary or desirable for a variety of reasons. However, students should seek competent advising in order to ensure that courses are taken in the proper sequence.
All students are urged to complete a senior audit using Degree Navigator and review with their departmental advisor at least two semesters prior to graduation. The purpose of the senior audit is to discuss academic progress and confirm that graduation requirements are being completed.
Departments and Degrees
The Clark School of Engineering consists of eight academic departments and offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in the following fields of study: Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. All of the above programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
The freshman and sophomore years in engineering are designed to lay a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and the engineering sciences upon which the student will later develop a professional program during the upper division (junior and senior) years. During the first two years, students are introduced to the concepts of engineering design and work in multidisciplinary teams. The School course requirements for the freshman and sophomore years are similar for all students, regardless of their intended academic program, thus affording the student maximum flexibility in choosing a specific engineering specialization.
Engineering Science courses represent a common core of basic material offered to students of several different departments. All freshman and sophomore students of engineering are required to take ENES100. Other ENES courses, 102, 220, 221, and 232 are specified by the different departments or taken by the student as electives. The responsibility for teaching the engineering science courses is divided among the engineering departments. In addition to the core courses noted above, several courses of general interest to engineering or non-engineering students have been given ENES designations. See the List of Approved Courses for further descriptions of these courses.
See individual department requirements in the Departments and Majors section of this site. Entering freshman math placement is determined solely by performance on the University math placement exam and not on the Math SAT score. Placement in MATH115 or lower will delay by a semester eligibility to take certain engineering courses.
No later than the sophomore year, a student should select an academic degree program (Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, or Materials Science and Engineering) and this department assumes the responsibility for the student's academic guidance, counseling, and program planning from that point until the completion of the degree requirements of that program as well as the School. For the specific requirements, see the curriculum listing in each engineering department.
Advising is mandatory prior to registration each semester for all students in the Clark School. Each engineering department has a representative who advises students in their respective discipline. Undecided engineering students are advised by the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support until they have declared a major. Refer to the individual program for additional advising information. During orientation to the University, all students will receive advising from the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support.
Engineering Leadership Development: 16 credits. Preparing engineering students for life-long leadership roles in education, industry, and government is the goal of the minor in engineering leadership development. The minor will complement the technical skills and knowledge students acquire during their academic careers to better prepare them for leadership and collaborative roles in their professional futures. Students may earn the minor and a notation on their official transcript by completing coursework which focuses on communication, global awareness, project management, understanding oneself and working effectively with others. Contact the minor advisor, Ramsey Jabaji( firstname.lastname@example.org ), or visit the web at www.ilp.umd.edu for more information.
International Engineering: 15 to 18 credits. In addition to a strong engineering background, there is a need for engineers with cross-cultural experience and foreign language abilities. Students may earn the minor by completing a course in International Business Cultures for Engineering and Technology, a Global Studies Minor Program signature course, and additional courses in language, culture studies, or internationally related studies, plus an engineering experience abroad. Contact the minor advisor, Ramsey Jabaji ( email@example.com ), or visit the web at www.ilp.umd.edu for more information. Students who fulfill minor requirements will receive a notation on their official transcript.
Nanoscience and Technology: 15 credits. Explosive growth in the field of nanometer scale science and technology (NS&T) has led in the past few years to many technological advances in devices and materials structured at the nanometer scale. The Interdisciplinary Minor Program of Study in Nanoscience and Technology is intended to prepare participating students for a career in this rapidly developing field. This program draws upon the considerable expertise in nanoscience at the University of Maryland, in departments distributed among two schools: The Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Students take courses in Fabrication/Synthesis and Characterization, which emphasize the experimental side of NS&T, as well as Fundamental Science and Specialization Electives, which teach the underlying principles and directions, and include underlying theory and the motivations for NS&T. Visit the web site www.nanocenter.umd.edu/education/nano_minor/nano_minor.php for more information.
Nuclear Engineering: 15 credits. The need for engineers with knowledge of nuclear engineering topics will grow significantly in the coming years, with new nuclear plants being planned, existing plants continuing operation, and increasing industrial and medical uses of radiation sources. The minor in Nuclear Engineering provides an engineering student with an understanding of nuclear engineering and its application to many different fields, such as power generation, reactor operation, and industrial uses. Students in the minor will learn the fundamentals of nuclear reactor engineering, radiation interactions and measurement, power plant design concepts, and reactor safety and risk assessment. The minor is open to any student in the Clark School of Engineering. Contact Dr. G.A. Pertmer ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information. Students who fulfill minor requirements will receive a notation on their official transcript.
Project Management: 15 credits. A basic understanding of project management is becoming increasingly important for engineers. Such knowledge enables them to contribute immediately to employers, and to advance their careers. In addition to a strong engineering background, there is significant need for engineers to understand the fundamentals of managing projects in order to effectively participate as members of project teams. Students who successfully complete minor requirements will receive a notation on their official transcript. Contact Dr. Qingbin Cui, Project Management Minor Advisor ( email@example.com ) or visit the web site: http://pm.umd.edu/page.php?id=642
Technology Entrepreneurship: 15 credits. The Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship prepares students for launching successful technology ventures and bringing life-changing products and services to market. The minor develops the entrepreneurial mind-set and functional skillsets of students to improve their ability to create, launch, and manage technology ventures. Students earn the minor by completing coursework which focuses on entrepreneurial opportunity analysis, marketing high-technology products, strategies for managing innovation, and international entrepreneurship and innovation. For details and contact information, visit www.mtech.umd.edu/educate/minor/ .
Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Women in Engineering Living & Learning Community
The components of this living and learning community include a one credit seminar course, course clustering, residential housing on a common floor in Easton Hall and resources provided in the residence hall. Participants will also have the opportunity to work closely with Virtus: a Living and Learning Community for Success in Engineering
College Park Scholars - Science, Technology, and Society
Co-sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering, the Science, Technology and Society (STS) program is one of 11 living-learning programs offered by the College Park Scholars Program. This 2-year program for academically talented freshmen and sophomores welcomes all majors, who live together in Chestertown Hall. In small courses, students examine the ways that social processes shape scientific research and technological development, and conversely, the ways that science and technology shape society. Students learn and practice skills of group work, peer review, public speaking, and academic writing, which serve them well in major-related courses. Outside the classroom, students volunteer as science demonstrators, tour nearby research laboratories, and mentor children in robotics at several public schools in Prince George's County. Students are able to earn credit by completing internships, volunteering to promote STEM, or becoming teaching assistants. STS program activities build community, cultivate leadership, connect coursework with real world needs, prepare students to seek internships, and help students to thrive in college.
College Honors Program
Students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering may participate in the University's Honors College, College Park Scholars, Gemstone, the Clark School Honors Program, and/or departmental honors programs (see the individual department section for details).
Clark School Engineering Honors Program
The Clark School offers an Engineering Honors Program that provides eligible students the opportunity to pursue an enriched program of studies that will broaden their perspectives and increase the depth of their knowledge. Engineering students meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
1. Upper fourth of engineering juniors and seniors;
2. Junior standing or 60 applicable credits;
3. Completion of at least one semester at UMD.
The requirements for completing the program are as follows:
1. An Honors Research Project which often can be used as a technical elective, a written report, and an oral presentation to a faculty panel of the EHP;
2. Successful completion of both Engineering Honors Seminars (ENES480 and ENES481, one credit hour each);
3. Maintenance of a GPA to remain in the upper third of the class.
For more information see www.eng.umd.edu/current/honors-program
Approved Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Each of the engineering departments sponsors student chapters or student sections of a national engineering society. The student chapters sponsor a variety of activities including technical meetings, social gatherings, and School or University service projects. All students are strongly encouraged to join one or more of these chapters.
These organizations are: American Helicopter Society-Intl.: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: American Ceramic Society; American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Nuclear Society; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineering; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; ASM International; Black Engineers Society; BMES-UMD (Biomedical Engineering Society, UMD chapter); Engineers Without Borders; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Material Advantage; Society of Asian Engineers; Society of Automotive Engineers; Society of Fire Protection Engineers; Society of Hispanic Engineers; Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and Society of Women Engineers.
The Clark School of Engineering and each of the engineering departments sponsor honors societies. Nominations or invitations for membership are usually extended to junior and senior students based on scholarship, service, and/or other selective criteria. Some of the honors organizations are branches of national societies; others are local groups: Tau Beta Pi (College Honorary); Alpha Nu Sigma (Nuclear Engineering); Alpha Sigma Mu (Materials Science Engineering); Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering); Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering); Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering); Salamander (Fire Protection Engineering); and Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Engineering).
The Herbert Rabin Scholarship is awarded to one or two entering freshman students each year based on merit. The Rabin Scholarship, in conjunction with other university scholarships, covers tuition and fees, and room and board. The award is renewable for three additional years provided the recipient is an undergraduate engineering student, maintains good academic standing and makes progress toward an engineering degree.
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other University offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For more information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Undergraduate Research Programs
Undergraduate research programs allow qualified undergraduate students to work with research laboratory directors in departments, thus giving students a chance for a unique experience in research and engineering design. Projects in engineering allow undergraduate students to do independent study under the guidance of faculty members in an area of mutual interest. For more information, contact the department.
Student Engagement and Service Units
Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support
The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Office provides a broad variety of services to assist students during their collegiate careers. Individual advising may focus on a number of student related issues including: schedule planning, course selection, university policy interpretations, career choices, social and personal adjustments, as well as identification and support for students with specific academic concerns. The office also provides orientation to new students, clears students for graduation, and is instrumental in helping students process administrative forms. The staff works closely with other campus offices to identify resources that address the various needs of our students.
The Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office assists students in finding cooperative education (co-op), internship, and post-graduation positions. Co-op and internship positions complement classroom learning and provide students with professional level experience, mentoring relationships, integration of theory and practice, confirmation of career choices, and financial compensation. To assist students in their job search we offer a wide variety of workshops on topics such as effective resumes, interview strategies, professionalism, career fair preparation, salary negotiation, and advanced job search techniques. We also provide one-on-one resume critiques, career advising appointments, mock interviews, job-search handouts, an e-newsletter, and a jobs database called Careers4Engineers. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet employers by participating in career fairs, networking events. employer information sessions, and special job search presentations conducted by engineering recruiters.
Office of International and Leadership Programs
The Office of International and Leadership Programs is responsible for developing international and leadership opportunities for engineering students. Services include advising students studying abroad, advising students completing the minors in International Engineering and Engineering Leadership Development, developing faculty-led programs abroad, advising the Breakaway Program (alternative spring break service program), and leadership development programs for engineering students.
The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment is responsible for outreach and new student recruitment activities in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Services include undergraduate recruitment, meeting with prospective students, providing K-12 outreach activities, and administering the Clark School's scholarship program for new students.
The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
The Center is dedicated to increasing the enrollment and graduation rates of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students majoring in engineering. The Center provides a complete package of services designed to assist students from pre-college through completion of the PhD. Services include academic advising, tutorial assistance, scholarship information, the BRIDGE Program, the BRIDGE to the Doctorate Fellowship, outreach programs, job information and support of student organizations.
Women in Engineering Program
The Women in Engineering Program (WIE) Program is dedicated to increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of females in the School, as well as identifying and addressing this group's unique needs. The Program provides a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to encourage and assist women students to become successful professional engineers.
Services offered include research and teaching fellowships, information listserv, website, living and learning community, first year peer mentoring program, workshops on careers, outreach programs, speakers, student advisory board, and support of women engineering organizations.
Keeping pace with the latest developments in the area of information technologies worldwide, the Clark School of Engineering provides a state of-the-art computing environment that will be the standard for engineers in the years ahead. Faculty and students have access to computer workstations with a wide range of engineering software and technology enabled classrooms with the latest presentation capabilities. In addition, EIT provides access and support on the latest tools and services for online collaboration, presentation technologies, and infrastructure services.
Distance Education Technology and Services
Distance Education Technology and Services, DETS, provides distance education technology and support service to the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the UMCP campus. We serve over 1000 students per year by providing graduate and undergraduate courses in engineering and other related fields. In addition, we also provide technical, services to the campus such as video conferencing, video capturing, satellite services and more.