University of Maryland

Bioengineering Lives in New A. James Clark Hall

Naming Gifts Support New Hub for Human Health Innovation

By Lauren Brown

A. James Clark Hall opened in January as the University of Maryland’s new home for human health innovation—with the support of several major donors.

The 184,000-square-foot building for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices combines under one roof an array of flexible classrooms, collaborative student project spaces and high-tech labs.

“Great ideas will turn into life-changing devices and biomedical treatments in this magnificent research building,” said university President Wallace D. Loh. “Our students, faculty, researchers and partners will have what they need to produce bioengineering marvels, as well as advances in other fields.”

The building is named for the late A. James Clark, the real estate developer, philanthropist and 1950 alumnus who gave a $12 million leadership gift.

“My father felt the university’s decision to name the School of Engineering after him was the most meaningful honor he would ever receive,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, board chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. “I think he would be humbled to have this cornerstone of innovation named in his honor. Our family is proud of its potential to truly transform the future of education and health in our world.”


Generous funding from the state and private gifts also helped bring A. James Clark Hall to life. Here’s what some of the biggest donors had to say:

“The Leidos mission to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient requires an innovative workforce. Leidos proudly supports the University of Maryland’s Fearless Ideas campaign, further equipping the nation’s future engineering labor pool by using our cutting-edge Leidos Innovation Lab on the first floor of the new A. James Clark Hall.”

Roger Krone, Leidos Chairman and CEO

“The Pepco Holdings, Inc. Social Table is an integral part of Clark Hall's outdoor ‘Tributary’ ecosystem, which resembles a river flowing through the landscape. It builds upon past collaborations and integrates our shared commitment to both engineering education and environmental sustainability.”

Darryll J. Pines, A. James Clark Hall School of Engineering Dean and Farvardin Professor of Engineering

“I was pleased to be able to provide a substantial gift to the School of Engineering to start the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices to encourage future engineering students to create wonderful new medical devices for the benefit of all mankind.”

Robert E. Fischell, M.S. ’53, Hon. Sc.D. ’96

“Jim Clark was a builder. He leaves his mark on the building he built, the company that bears his name, the region he helped change, the personal values he passed down to those of us lucky enough to work for him and the good works and young students he endowed and mentored.”

Lawrence C. and Melanie Franco Nussdorf

“When we were at the Clark School in the ’80s, there was nothing like Clark Hall. We feel very fortunate that we are able to fund an InTerp Suite to help aspiring entrepreneurs build their companies.”

Rajan ’90, M.S. ’95 and Sandhya Mittu ’92, M.S. ’96

“As strong proponents of innovation to enhance human health, we were excited to invest in A. James Clark Hall. We are thrilled to be part of this spectacular building project and look forward to hearing about the many ways Maryland engineers will help improve the human condition through bioengineering solutions.”

Dr. T.K. Patrick and Marguerite Sung ’70

“For an excellent program to continue to succeed, it needs to be continually enriched with the best students, a superior faculty, innovative ideas and improved facilities. We are proud to be a small part of moving the Clark School forward to future success.”

Ron ’67 and Karen Lowman