BUILDING TOGETHER: AN INVESTMENT FOR MARYLAND

A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

An unprecedented new investment of $219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation that will transform the University of Maryland

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The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation's $219.5 million investment is the largest in University of Maryland history and ranks among the largest to a public research institution in the 21st century.

Seperator

This transformative investment will propel UMD and the A. James Clark School of Engineering to the forefront of education and research worldwide by establishing and funding an array of scholarships and fellowships, professorships, and operational and capital projects.

Thanks to the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, this investment will increase college access and affordability, spark innovations that tackle the daunting problems facing the nation and world, and inspire the next generation of engineering leaders. 

Vision

Increase College Access and Affordability

Providing an affordable college education to promising students was a goal of great personal importance to A. James Clark. 

Vision

Solve Daunting Problems Facing the Nation and World

The most daunting challenges of our time—from energy and the environment to security and human health—demand brilliant problem-solvers to help people lead better lives. 

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Build the Next Generation of Engineering Leaders

Engineers are in high demand. At the University of Maryland, we are answering the call for our state, the nation, and the world to open new pathways to research and innovation. 

Building Blocks

A Significant Boost to University-Wide Need-Based Aid
A Significant Boost to University-Wide Need-Based Aid
The Foundation’s investment in the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise, a campus-wide matching program, aims to catalyze an equal amount of support from alumni and friends to ensure an education for students with the greatest financial need. If fully matched, the program would double the number of need-based scholarships available to outstanding students in Maryland.
Inaugural A. James Clark Scholars Begin this Fall
Inaugural A. James Clark Scholars Begin this Fall
The A. James Clark Scholars Program is the Foundation’s signature academic program, combining engineering, business, leadership, and community service. At UMD, 40 high-performing engineering undergraduates will receive need-based scholarships, and, as part of their studies, seek to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges as participants in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program.
Engineering Scholarships for Undergraduate Transfer Students
Engineering Scholarships for Undergraduate Transfer Students
This unprecedented investment will help expand the Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholarship Program. This program will provide need-based scholarships to 40 engineering majors transferring from Maryland community colleges as they work to complete their education.
Defining the Fields: Clark Distinguished Chairs
Defining the Fields: Clark Distinguished Chairs
Clark Distinguished Chairs are renewable faculty positions that directly address engineering’s most critical research areas, such as additive and advanced manufacturing, autonomy and robotics, and energy and sustainability. These eight leaders will open new frontiers, creating a community of collaboration and excellence that gains momentum with each achievement in research and innovation.
Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Clark Doctoral Fellows
Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Clark Doctoral Fellows
The Clark Doctoral Fellows program substantially increases the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s number of graduate fellows, supporting 30 first-year doctoral students each year as an impetus for research in strategic and vital areas. These scholars have the potential to become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, launching technology companies and spearheading lifesaving advances to improve society.
Investing in Innovators: Clark Leadership Chairs
Investing in Innovators: Clark Leadership Chairs
The five Clark Leadership Chairs funded by this investment will hold cross-disciplinary appointments across campus to support research in areas such as data analytics, neuroscience, cybersecurity, and other pressing global issues. These highly-competitive endowed faculty positions will cement UMD as a powerhouse of research and leadership.
Research Teams Solving Today’s Biggest Problems
Research Teams Solving Today’s Biggest Problems
The 125th Anniversary Fearless Ideas Mpact Challenge is the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s “moonshot” engineering program to spur innovative engineering research solutions. Commemorating the school's 125th Anniversary in 2019, this program provides funding for Clark School teams to develop solutions to engineering problems and innovations in engineering research that have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people.
Expanded Facilities for World-Class Innovation
Expanded Facilities for World-Class Innovation
The expansion of research facilities at UMD will secure the university’s stronghold in engineering innovation by helping recruit and retain world-class faculty and facilitate collaborations among various disciplines and expand business partners. This investment will provide ideal spaces for cross-disciplinary research.

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