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.
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 and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.
Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.
The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions.
The Clark School provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs to help students achieve their individual academic goals. It has a variety of degree paths with full-time and part- time options, innovative research opportunities, cross-disciplinary institutes and highly focused centers from which students may choose. The programs are further enriched by many corporate and government collaborations in which students may participate.