Energetic Concepts

Energetics is a field of study that deals primarily with energy and its transformations. Energetics contributes to underpinning capabilities in manufacturing, construction, infrastructure maintenance and development, and national defense. The fundamental focus is on the development of explosives and propellants, and their systems, in cost-efficient, safe, and sustainable ways. Energetics has clear applicability to military R&D including the development of explosives technology, undersea weapons, and pilot ejection devices. However, the pertinent skill sets gained through this program are also applicable to solving a wide range of problems including those found in, among others, space exploration, fire suppression, anti-terrorism efforts, pharmaceutical production, and consumer safety devices such as cartridge-actuated automobile airbags.
The Energetics program is suited to developing a fundamentally sound, technically competent, and progressive-thinking workforce capable of having immediate impacts in their professional careers.  Our world-class faculty is comprised of leading researchers from academia, government, and industry with a unique set of expertise at the cutting edge of energetics science and technology that cannot be found anywhere else.  Course topics range from atoms-to-systems and methods-to-mechanisms, all directed towards preparing innovation-minded graduates who can contribute meaningfully in energetics industries.  


For more information contact:

Dr. Peter W. Chung
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
2135 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Email: pchung15@umd.edu

Admission Requirements:

Full admission as a degree seeking student requires the following prerequisites:

  • A bachelor's degree, GPA of 3.0 or better, in engineering; Civil and Environmental, Mechanical, Chemical and Biomolecular, from an accredited institution.
  • Courses in mathematics (Calculus I, II, III, & Differential Equations), and Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer.
  • Completed applications are reviewed and considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Office of Advanced Engineering Education

2105 J.M. Patterson Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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