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A. James Clark School of Engineering

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Type  Public
Undergraduates  2,436
Campus  Suburban
Total enrollment  4,772 (2010)
Dean  Darryll Pines
Established  1894
Postgraduates  1,618
Phone  +1 301-405-0287
Founded  1894
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Location  College Park, Maryland, United States
Address  University of Maryland, 1131 Glenn Martin Hall, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Similar  University of Maryland, University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College o, University of Maryland, University of Maryland

The A. James Clark School of Engineering is the engineering college of the University of Maryland, College Park. The school consists of fourteen buildings on the College Park campus that cover over 750,000 sq ft (70,000 m2). The school is in close proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and technology-driven institutions such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.



The engineering school was originally founded in 1894 under the name The College of Engineering at what was then known as the Maryland Agricultural College. In 1949, the school was renamed the Glenn L. Martin College of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences. The name was changed for a second time in 1955 to the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology. In 1994, the college took its current name, the A. James Clark School of Engineering. A. James Clark is a 1950 engineering graduate of the university who is chairman and chief executive officer of Clark Enterprises, Inc. Clark's financial gifts to the university were honored, in return, with the name of the Engineering School.


In 2007, The Princeton Review ranked the Clark School as the sixth-best engineering program in the nation. The 2007 U.S. News and World Report placed it at 10th in the nation among public engineering schools and 16th among all engineering schools. In 2011, the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed the University at 11th worldwide within the fields of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences.


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering – The A. James Clark School is home to the only fully accredited undergraduate program in the nation and one of two graduate degree programs in fire protection engineering.
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Alumni

    The following individuals are alumni of the School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Graduating class year is denoted in parentheses.

  • Frederick S. Billig (M.S. 1958, Ph.D. 1964) – pioneer of scramjet technology
  • Adisai Bodharamik (1971) - Telecommunications entrepreneur, served as Thailand's minister of tourism, commerce, and education.
  • Robert Briskman (1961) – Co-founder of Sirius Radio
  • Harry Clifton Byrd (1908) - President of the University of Maryland from 1935 to 1954
  • A. James Clark (1950) – Chairman and CEO of Clark Enterprises, Inc., benefactor
  • William P. Cole, Jr. (1910) - Lawyer and U.S. Congressman
  • Gordon R. England (1961) – Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Michael D. Griffin (1977) – Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Brian Hinman (1982) – Entrepreneur and educational innovator, benefactor
  • Jeong H. Kim (1991) – President of Bell Labs, benefactor
  • George J. Laurer (1951) – Developed the Universal Product Code (UPC)
  • Edward A. Miller (1950) – 2005 Charles Stark Draper Prize recipient, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Development
  • James W. Plummer (1953) – 2005 Charles Stark Draper Prize recipient, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
  • Judith Resnik (1977) - Astronaut killed aboard the Challenger space shuttle
  • Millard Tydings (1910) - U.S. Congressman and Senator
  • Benefactors

    The following individuals are notable benefactors, but are not alumni of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

  • Robert Fischell – Medical instruments inventor, earned an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1953.
  • Glenn L. Martin – Aerospace industry pioneer
  • References

    A. James Clark School of Engineering Wikipedia

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