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Dr. Mote's research has significantly impacted the design and control of flexible dynamic systems and high-speed moving continua. As a leader in education, he led Berkeley to one of the largest capital campaigns of any state-supported university. As president of the University of Maryland, he has transformed it into a contender for the top ranks of universities and major player in the economic life of the state and region. He has authored more than 300 publications; holds patents in the U.S., Norway, Finland and Sweden; and has mentored 56 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Mote earned all his degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent 31 years on the faculty. His many accomplishments ranged from spearheading a comprehensive capital campaign that ultimately raised $1.4B, to leading Berkeley's Department of Mechanical Engineering to its #1 ranking in the National Research Council review of graduate program effectiveness, to highest recognitions for teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
As the President of the University of Maryland, Dr. Mote has established several partnerships between the university and corporate and federal laboratories, and created a research park next to the campus. In addition, he has successfully negotiated to bring a research park sponsored by the Peoples Republic of China to College Park. It is the first Chinese-sponsored research park to be established outside of China’s mainland.
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 and was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. He has received three honorary doctorates, and has been elected to Honorary Membership in the ASME International, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Wood Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.