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The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has announced that it has appointed Darryll J. Pines to succeed Wallace Loh.   Pines’ appointment is effective July 1, and he will be the 34th president of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Darryl Pines  has been the Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering for the past 11 years. He has been with the university for 25 years, starting as an assistant professor in 1995.  He later became chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2009.

BOARD OF REGENTS CHAIR LINDA GOODEN:  “He knows intimately the strengths of the faculty, the energy of the students, and the circle of legislative and philanthropic support both in the State of Maryland and beyond. I can’t think of a better person to build on the excellence at the university and take it to even higher levels.”

Read Darryl Pines complete Bio.

Darryll Pines is dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering. Pines’ spacecraft and aircraft research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing and biologically-inspired structures, as well as the guidance, navigation and control of uninhabited aerospace vehicles.

Pines has testified before Congress on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and created the Top 25 Source Schools program for Maryland high schools. At a national level, he has led an effort as part of the American Society for Engineering Education-ASEE Deans Council’s K-12 STEM Committee to develop a potential College Board AP exam in engineering. He is the current secretary of the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium, a national non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support increasing untapped domestic human capital at the graduate level in STEM fields.

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Pines joined UMD in 1995 as an assistant professor and served as chair of the Clark School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2009. During a leave of absence from the university (2003-2006), Pines served as program manager for the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also held positions at the Chevron Corporation, Space Tethers Inc. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked on the Clementine Spacecraft program, which discovered water near the south pole of the moon.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He currently serves on the boards of the Executive and Advisory Board for Engineers Without Borders-EWB National and several major corporations.

Education:
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Bio source:  Wikipedia

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