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Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering was established in 2005 through a $31 million donation from Clark School benefactor, Robert E. Fischell, and the Fischell family. The department’s faculty come from a wide range of academic backgrounds and cross-disciplinary areas of bioengineering, and many hold affiliations across campus and at neighboring institutions. The undergraduate program is highly sought-after by the most talented high school students in Maryland and elsewhere, and the graduate program’s reputation is one of the fastest-rising in the country.

As an integral part of a vibrant community of scientists and engineers across the University System of Maryland, the department interfaces with the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Maryland NanoCenter, the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research. In addition, the department’s location in the greater Washington, D.C. area provides student and faculty researchers direct access to top-of-the-line resources and facilities in the immediate vicinity, including those of the NIH, FDA, NIST, DOD, USDA, EPA, NASA, and Children’s National Medical Center, as well as more than 600 Maryland biotech companies.

In 2017, the department will receive a new home in A. James Clark Hall, a 184,000-square-foot facility that will serve as the flagship of University of Maryland bioengineering and a hub for new partnerships and collaborations throughout the capital region. Made possible by leadership gifts from renowned builder A. James Clark and biomedical pioneer Robert E. Fischell, the building will offer flexible classrooms, collaborative student project space, and state-of-the-art laboratories. The building will also house the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, which will feature more than 15,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory and research space where transformative medical devices will be developed.