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The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is seeking an accomplished, nationally recognized leader and administrator to direct its Department of Aerospace Engineering. The Chair provides oversight, research, education, and administrative leadership for the department, and reports directly to the Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

The Clark School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering consistently ranks in the top 15 aerospace engineering programs in the country, in both graduate and undergraduate programs, and offers a collegial, supportive environment in which students, faculty, and researchers can thrive. The Department is home to an internationally recognized multidisciplinary research center, the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, and unique facilities, such as the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility, the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, and the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. Department faculty are also active in The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) and the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEII). The undergraduate innovation and entrepreneurship programs at the University are ranked in the top 10 in Entrepreneurship Magazine.

The University is located close to NASA, DARPA, ONR, AFOSR, and many other funding agencies. The Department has strong research ties with government research labs, such as NAVAIR, NSWC, NASA Goddard, NRL, ARL/APG, as well as corporations and start-ups. The Washington D.C. area has three major airports and a vibrant culture, is reachable by metro, and the region has primary and secondary schools that are among the best in the nation. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who will enhance our stature of preeminence in the three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and the world.

The major responsibilities of the department chair include the following:

  • Recruits, develops, and retains productive and diverse faculty, supports and promotes excellence in faculty research and educational endeavors, encourages and guides mentorship of faculty, conducts assessments of faculty and staff;
  • Fosters a supportive, collaborative, and inclusive learning and research environment for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Provides effective management of budgetary and departmental resources; ensures compliance with collegiate, university, state, and federal policies related to grant funding, legislative, and academic policies;
  • Works collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to develop and execute the department’s vision and strategic plan, integrate the department’s vision, plan, and goals with those of the college and university, and promote the department by engaging alumni, industrial representatives, and the broader community.
  • The Chair is a senior member of the University of Maryland faculty, selected and appointed by the University to a five-year renewable term. Candidates must have earned a doctorate in engineering or a closely related field and qualify for appointment as a tenured full professor; possess strong leadership ability including demonstrated academic leadership; and have achieved international prominence for contributions to their field.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a vision statement, a statement of research (up to 4 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy, a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) statement, and the contact information for four references.

Materials should be submitted through eTerp at this link:

Applications should be received by March 4, 2022 for best consideration; however, the search will continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be directed to the search committee chair: W.E. Bentley, Distinguished University Professor,

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Faculty Position Available

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park ( is seeking exceptional candidates with demonstrated technical expertise, creativity and leadership in the arts and sciences of vertical lift/rotary-wing aircraft across a broad range of disciplines covering both conventional and future configurations. The disciplines of particular interest are, but not limited to: flight dynamics and controls, all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, computational and experimental aeromechanics, autonomy of unmanned aircraft systems, robotic rotorcraft for planetary exploration, advanced air-space concepts including emerging use cases such as urban and on-demand air mobility, and advanced integrated design. The term aeromechanics includes aerodynamics, structural dynamics, handling qualities, and acoustics. Exceptional applicants working in other areas of experimental aerodynamics or flight dynamics and controls who are interested in rotorcraft research will also be considered.

The candidate will be a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center and will be expected to create multidisciplinary research programs that take advantage of unique campus and Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center facilities, such as the historic 8- by 11-ft 200 knot Glenn L Martin wind-tunnel (, 20- by 20-ft anechoic chamber, Mach-scale rotor rigs,1000-core HPC clusters, and UAS flight test facility (, as well as the E.A. Fernandez IDEA factory. They are expected to create undergraduate and graduate-level classes that train rotorcraft students in the core disciplines as well as introduce them to emerging areas.

The Dept. of Aerospace Engineering (AE) is a dynamic and growing department with 22 faculty, six named faculty professorships and annual research expenditures of approximately $16M. The department has strong research and instructional programs in several core areas, including: aerodynamics and propulsion, smart and composite structures, space systems, rotorcraft, autonomous vehicle systems, and hypersonic vehicle systems.

Close proximity to key elements of the federal research and development infrastructure can lead to substantial opportunities for collaborative research in problems of national interest and importance.

For best consideration, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and education plan, and the names of at least four references should be submitted online by March 1, 2022:

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