The department is grateful to its donors for helping to maintain the rigor of our academic and research programs. You can find opportunities to support our students, faculty, initiatives, and ideas by visiting this page. We also welcome industry partnerships in a variety of formats.
Alumni of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland hold degrees in mechanical, reliability, or nuclear engineering. They form a unique community that stays connected and also gives back through a combination of time, talent, and treasure. Join us through one of the many opportunities below, and visit our industry page to explore more ways to get involved.
Featured Alumni Spotlights
Austin Kendall, B.S. '17
Austin dedicated much of his time at UMD to Terps Racing , serving as a driver and team leader of both the Baja and Formula cars. This training prepared him well for his current position as a Shassis Controls Engineer for Ford, where he develops and tests the trail control and hill descent features of the Ford Bronco. Terps Racing, he says, has "paid dividends for me so far."
Derris Banks, B.S. '93
Derris is a Group Director of the Technology Center 2600 at the U.S. Patent & Trademard Office. Derris manages over 1,200 employees and works with the federal government in the area of Intellectual Property. He is a car enthusiast and always has a car repair or rebuilding project in his garage.
Ways to Get Involved
Every day, the fields of mechanical, reliability, and nuclear engineering are expanding exponentially. Today's students are prepared to tackle any technical challenge, but the number of choices can be overwhelming. In addition to professors and friends, alumni can often provide inspiration, mentorship, and words of wisdom. Speaking to a student group such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Pi Tau Sigma, or Society of Women in Mechanical Engineering is a fulfilling way to encourage the next generation. Fill out this form to indicate your interest, and we'll be in touch.
In this video series of self-interviews, alumni answer rapid-fire questions about their time at UMD, careers, and life journeys. This is one way to inspire current students, reconnect with other alumni, and talk about the value of your degree — whether you followed a "traditional path" or not. An Alumni Hotseat video archive is coming soon! Read more and learn how to submit your own video.
Join us for our next event, whether it's a networking social, Coffee Chat with Faculty, or alumni reception at a major conference. Check out a list of upcoming events below, and subscribe to our e-newsletter to hear about new events when first announced.
Do you have 10 or more mechanical, reliability, or nuclear engineering alumni of UMD at your company? Perhaps you'd like to host a faculty member for a virtual "Brown Bag Lunch" to talk about the latest happenings in the department, technical challenges on your minds, and new research that could be of either personal or professional interest to the group. Fill out this form to let us know you're interested in this, and we'll be in touch.
Department faculty members are experts in a broad array of pressing research areas and frequently collaborate with industry, government, and academic partners to bring new scholarship to the field. If your organization is interested in taking a "deep dive" into a specific technical area or solving a novel challenge, let's explore how we can help. Fill out this form to indicate your interest and primary research area, and we'll be in touch.
Many of us have personal heroes, advisers, or acquaintances who inspired us and helped define who we are today. On occasion, our students express an interest in having an alumni mentor to guide them along their academic journey.
While we do not have a formal program in the department to match mentors with students at this time, these relationships can sometimes form naturally after giving a general talk to a student group or other event (fill out this form to express your interest). In addition, you can check out the university-wide Alumni Association's free platform Terrapin Connect, in which alumni and students can establish mentoring relationships on their own. This is very similar to LinkedIn, with search filters by region, major, and more.
Students trained in our top-ranked Department of Mechanical Engineering are strong hiring candidates for employers all over the country. Over 80% of all our undergraduate students are employed or planning to attend graduate school at the time of graduation. Learn more about how you can recruit our students for jobs, internships, or other opportunities.