Clark School Cracks U.S. News Top 20

August 18, 2010

University of Maryland Engineering School Enters the Ranks of the Nation’s Best

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the U.S. News & World Report 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” released yesterday, the undergraduate program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, was ranked 19th in the nation among all engineering programs. This marks the school’s first Top 20 position for undergraduate engineering education.

Among public undergraduate engineering programs, the Clark School ranked 9th, also the first time it has entered the Top 10 in the public school category.

“The people of the state of Maryland have a new reason to be proud,” remarked Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. “Our undergraduate engineering program in College Park competes with the nation’s best–in advanced research, in international technology competitions, in technology entrepreneurship, and in service programs like Engineers Without Borders–and comes out equal to or better than many well known programs. The new U.S. News ranking only confirms what our excellent faculty, staff and students have been developing here for many years.”

In the 2009-2010 school year, Clark School undergraduates won some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, including the Truman, Udall and Goldwater awards. Student teams took first place in national design competitions for high-altitude ballooning, bioethics, rocket design, lunar flying vehicle design, wing design and morphing space suit design. Individual students captured research fellowships at major government and private laboratories. In the nationally recognized Hinman CEOs program, student teams formed companies to produce and market their inventions. The school’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which currently runs projects in Burkina Faso, Peru and Brazil, was recognized for its quality by a national examiners’ council.

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The Clark School of Engineering, situated on the rolling, 1,500-acre University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., is one of the premier engineering schools in the U.S., with graduate and undergraduate education programs ranked in or near the Top 20. In 2009 the Clark School was ranked 14th in the world by the Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities in its Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The school offers 13 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs, including degree and certification programs tailored for working professionals.

Home to one of the most vibrant research programs in the country, the Clark School garnered research awards of $171 million in the last year. With emphasis in key areas such as communications and networking, nanotechnology, bioengineering, reliability engineering, project management, intelligent transportation systems and space robotics, as well as electronic packaging and smart small systems and materials, the Clark School is leading the way toward the next generations of engineering advances.

Visit the Clark School homepage at www.eng.umd.edu.

SOURCE A. James Clark School of Engineering

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