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Darryll PinesDr. Darryll Pines
Farvardin Professor and Dean
Principal Investigator and EERC Project Director
A.James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Dr. Darryll Pines became dean of the Clark School on January 5, 2009. He came to the University of Maryland in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Clark School and has served as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering since 2006.

Under his leadership, the department was ranked 8th overall among U.S. universities, and 5th among public schools in the U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings. In addition, during his tenure as chair, the department has ranked in the top five in Aviation Week and Space Technology's workforce undergraduate and graduate student placement study. The undergraduate program was ranked 9th during that time. Pines has been Director of the Sloan Scholars Program since 1996 and Director of the GEM Program since 1999, and he also served as Chair of the Engineering Council, Director of the NASA CUIP Program, and Director of the SAMPEX flight experiment. Last year, he served on the university's Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

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 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). While at DARPA, Pines initiated five new programs primarily related to the development of aerospace technologies for which he received a Distinguished Service Medal. He also held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Chevron Corporation, and Space Tethers Inc. At LLNL, Pines worked on the Clementine Spacecraft program, which discovered water near the south pole of the moon. A replica of the spacecraft now sits in the National Air and Space Museum.

Pines' current 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 aerospace vehicles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he has received an NSF CAREER Award.

Pines received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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