On Tuesday, May 7th, the UMD Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is honored to host the 2019 Semi-Annual Conference of the University Materials Council (UMC).

The UMC is made up of Department Heads, Chairpersons, Directors and group leaders from academic programs in the materials field in U.S., Canadian and Australian universities. It serves as a forum for  materials programs leaders to share best practices in many areas related to materials science and engineering, including student recruitment, ABET accreditation, emerging research areas, ideas for curricular improvements, patent right policies in universities, implications of the latest materials related studies, and the health of research funding for Materials Science and Engineering as well as a variety of other issues of interest to the academic community.  The primary goals of the Council are:

  • To help define and influence new directions for the field
  • To promote the field
  • To strengthen the educational component of the field
  • To foster improvements in numbers and quality of students in the field

To register for the 2019 UMC Conference, please follow this link.

Questions may be addressed to the Council's Chair, David Bahr, Professor and Head of Materials Engineering at Purdue University.

Date/Time:  Tuesday, May 7, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location:  Kay Boardrooms, Kim Engineering Building (KEB), UMD College Park

PDF iconFinal Itinerary (PDF)

Area Hotels:

  • The Hotel @ UMD - contemporary 5 star hotel, located 0.4 mile on foot from KEB, numerous amenities including spa, fitness center/pool, restaurants and shuttle available. To make reservations, please follow this link. Parking will be discounted at a rate of $12/overnight and $7/daily.
  • The Cambria - 0.4 mile on foot from KEB. To make reservations, please follow this link. Complementary parking will be provided at checkout. 
  • Holiday Inn - 3 star hotel, located 2.4 miles from KEB

*A block of rooms will be held at these hotels until midnight on May 1. Please contact Sherri Tatum for additional information.

**Please follow this link for directions to area hotels, or PDF icondownload/print this PDF.


The D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area has 3 major airports:


There are three metro stops within the UMD vicinity, all of which are accessible via UMD shuttle, taxi, private car, Lyft or Uber:

UMD Department of Transportation (DOTS)

  • Shuttle UM schedules
  • 104 Shuttle Bus - will take anyone to/from the College Park Metro 
  • Visitor Parking - the closest visitor parking is located in the Regents Drive garage (above the DOTS office). A complementary parking pass will be provided for those who choose to drive. Contact Sherri Tatum for the code.
  • Bike rentals - multiple locations across campus
  • Car share - four spaces available in Regents Drive Garage via ZipCar

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Our favorite restaurants in the College Park/Hyattsville area:

  • Bagel Place - made fresh daily bagels, soups/salads, sandwiches, and coffee bar.
  • Boards & Brew - casual place to take a coffee, lunch or a beer, with boardgames if you choose!
  • Fishnet - don't miss out on their fish tacos!
  • Korean Barbeque - looks like a dive, but the food rocks!
  • Sweetgreen - not your typical salad place...
  • Busboys & Poets - (2 miles down the road, Hyattsville) a variety of (mostly) organic foods, catering to people w/ special dietary needs.
  • Franklins - (2.8 miles down the road, Hyattsville) brewery with an excellent selection of burgers, sandwiches, etc.
  • For additional suggestions, please see College Park Yelp reviews.