Mechanical Engineering Faculty Profile
Dr. C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr.
Regents Professor &
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
Former President of University of Maryland, College Park
3128 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Building #225
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
From September 1998 until August 31, 2010, C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. served as President of the University of Maryland and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering. He was recruited to lead the University of Maryland to national eminence under a mandate by the state. Since assuming the presidency, he has encouraged an environment of excellence across the University and given new impetus to the momentum generated by a talented faculty and student body. Under his leadership, academic programs have flourished. In 2005, the University was ranked 18th among public research universities, up from 30th in 1998. President Mote has emphasized broad access to the university's model, enriched undergraduate curriculum programs and launched the Baltimore Incentive Awards Program to recruit and provide full support to high school students of outstanding potential who have overcome extraordinary adversity during their lives.
He has spurred the university to lead the state in the development of its high-tech economy, especially in the information and communication, bioscience and biotechnology, and nano-technology sectors. President Mote has greatly expanded the university's partnerships with corporate and federal laboratories and successfully negotiated to bring to the College Park area the first Science Research Park sponsored by the People's Republic of China. Under his leadership, the University has established a research park, The University of Maryland Enterprise Campus, M-Square, located on a 115-acre site adjacent to the University of Maryland/College Park Metro with 3 million square feet of development potential. Among its first tenants are the Center for Advanced Study of Language, a joint venture of the University and Department of Defense, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new World Weather and Climate Prediction Center.
During President Mote's second year in office, the University began the largest building boom in its history, with more than $100 million in new projects breaking ground that year. New facilities address every aspect of university life, from the arts to recreation to classrooms and laboratories, and, in creative partnership with the private sector, new residential facilities. Highlights of the construction activity include the stunning Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; the Comcast Center, a state of the art sports complex; a high tech research greenhouse; and new classrooms for chemistry, computer science, business and engineering. President Mote also led the development of a new Facilities Master Plan for development in the next 20 years, which is noted for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.
Dr. Mote is a leader in the national dialogue on higher education and his analyses of shifting funding models have been featured in local and national media. He has testified on major educational issues before Congress, representing the University and higher education associations on the problem of visa barriers for international students and scholars and on deemed export control issues. He has been asked to serve on a high level National Academies Committee appointed at the request of the Senate Energy Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to identify challenges to United States leadership in key areas of science and technology and to be a member of the Leadership Council of the National Innovation Initiative, an activity of the Council on Competitiveness. He has served as vice chair of the Department of Defense Basic Research Committee, and is a member of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2004-2005, he served as President of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In its last ranking in 2002, "Washington Business Forward" magazine counted him among the top 20 most influential leaders in the region.
He and his wife of over 40 years, Patricia Mote, have two married children, Melissa and Adam, and four grandchildren. Patsy Mote has continued her strong support of the arts and is spokesperson for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and a member of Prince George's County Arts Commission.
Prior to assuming the Presidency at Maryland, Dr. Mote served on the University of California, Berkeley faculty for 31 years. From 1991 to 1998, he was Vice Chancellor at Berkeley, held an endowed chair in Mechanical Systems and was President of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He led a comprehensive capital campaign for Berkeley that raised $1.4B. He earlier served as chair of Berkeley's Department of Mechanical Engineering and led the department to its number one ranking in the National Research Council review of graduate program effectiveness.
Dr. Mote received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Publications, Patents, Teaching
He has produced more than 300 publications, holds patents in the U.S., Norway, Finland and Sweden, and has mentored 56 Ph.D. students.
- UM-NASA Goddard Space Flight Center MOU Signing
- The National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Conference on Understanding Research S&T Parks: Global Best Practice
- Commencement Address
- Driskell Center Grand Opening
- Founder's Award Acceptance Remarks
- A University's Role In The Knowledge Economy:
The University Of Maryland's Experience
Dr. Mote's research lies in dynamic systems and biomechanics. Internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing.
Scientific and Professional Memberships
He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and serves on its Council, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to Honorary Membership in the ASME International, its most distinguished recognition, and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Honors and Awards
President Mote has received numerous awards and honors, including the Humboldt Prize awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a recipient of the Berkeley Citation, an award from the University of California-Berkeley similar to the honorary doctorate, and was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. He has received two honorary doctorates. Additional awards include:
- Founders Award, National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of a comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and for leadership in academia (2005)
- J. P. Den Hartog Award, ASME International Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound, in honor of lifetime contribution to teaching and/or practice of vibration engineering (2005)
- Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004)
- Honorary doctorates from Tashkent State Technical University (2001), The Ohio State University (2001) and Carnegie Mellon University (2004)
- The Berkeley Citation (1998), Distinguished Engineering Alumnus (2001) and Excellence in Achievement (2007), University of California
- Elected to U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1988)
- Named one of the 50 most "Influential Marylanders" by The Daily Record (2007)
- Washingtonian Magazine's Washingtonian of the Year (2005)
- Named one of the 20 most influential Business Leaders in Washington, DC by Business Forward Magazine (2001 and 2002)
- Champion of Diversity Award, University of Maryland President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (2009)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Medal (2011)
- Executive Committee, National Research Council (2009-2011)
- Chair, National Research Council Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and their Effects on U.S. National Security (2009-2010)
- Treasurer, National Academy of Engineering (2009-2013)
- Steering Committee, Council on Competitiveness: Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability (2009-2011)
- Board of Directors and Audit Committee, National Academies Corporation (2010-present)
- International Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Beijing, China (2009-present)
- Economic Advisor, Government of Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China (2005-2009)
- Trustee and Audit Committee, Universities Research Association (2008-present)
- National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) (2007-present)
- Co-Chair, National Academies Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) (2007-present)
- Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education (2007-2009)
- National Academies Committee on Science, Security and Prosperity (COSSP) (2007-2008)
- National Academies Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security (CSCANS) (2005-2007)
- Founding Member, FBI National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (2004-present)
- Governing Board, National Research Council (2007-2008)
- National Research Council Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology (2005)
- Vice Chair, National Research Council Committee on Department of Defense Basic Research (2004)