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In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering are working tirelessly to create solutions and pool resources in efforts to minimize the spread of the disease, provide critical aid to health care workers and their patients, and monitor the impact of social distancing and travel restrictions. Read more about these efforts here.

Select media coverage of the Clark Schools response efforts includes:

Engineering Kits

When COVID necessitated the cancellation of in-person summer camps for middle and high school-aged students, the Women in Engineering Program came up with a hands-on solution to continue introducing young learners to engineering.

Aerosol Study for Music Activities

A University of Maryland research team joins a number of organizations to study the effects of COVID-19 on performing arts classrooms and performance venues by examining aerosol rates produced by instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space.

Understanding Spread via HVAC Systems

Clark School faculty provide expert commentary on whether air conditioning use may be a factor in spiking COVID-19 cases.

Mobile Testing Booths

As testing for COVID-19 ramps up across the country, the safety of medical personnel who administer the tests remains a high-priority concern, particularly at pop-up testing sites assembled in public spaces. Recognizing this, Clark School researchers working in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore City Health Department are developing a low-cost, rapidly deployable mobile testing booth—similar to a traditional phone booth in both size and shape.

UV Irradiation

As society tries to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, some scientists hope a decades-old technology could zap pathogens out of the air in stores, restaurants and classrooms, potentially playing a key role in containing further spread of the infection. It has the ungainly name of upper-room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, and it is something like bringing the power of sunlight indoors.

Big Data Analysis of Human Mobility Behavior

Using big data from mobile devices such as smartphones, GPS devices, and sensors located along highways and roads, researchers are providing a real-time picture of where people are traveling, how their behaviors can affect the spread of COVID-19, and how the pandemic is impacting the economy. UMD researchers have made their data and findings, which are updated daily, available to the public in order to help officials make informed decisions


Engineering faculty and students are using their lab capabilities to produce hand sanitizer for area first responders, as well as UMD staff and students who remain on campus.

Incubator-Hatched Solutions

TechPort, a UMD-supported business incubator in St. Mary’s County, is working to produce face shields, breast pumps-turned-ventilators, and a device to sterilize PPE using heat. The efforts include Alex Scott, a 2018 graduate of the Clark School.

Protection Collections for Local Health Care Workers

Units across the Clark School and UMD are collecting and donating supplies to local health care providers facing looming equipment shortages as the outbreak expands.

Read more about Clark School responses to COVID-19 here.

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