July 1, 2013

Mote Begins First Term as NAE President

C. D. (Dan) Mote, JrC.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. begins a six-year term as National Academy of Engineering president on July 1.  Mote is Regents Professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and past president of UMD.  The NAE president is a full-time employee of the organization at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and also serves as vice chair of the National Research Council, the principal research arm of the National Academies. Mote succeeds Charles M. Vest as NAE president.

From 1998 to 2010, Mote served as UMD president and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering.  Under his leadership, UMD research funding increased by more than 150 percent and the university greatly expanded partnerships with corporate and federal laboratories.  Mote also negotiated establishment of the University of Maryland-China Research Park, connecting Maryland and Chinese companies for joint ventures.  Stressing the importance of closing the achievement gap, Mote helped UMD achieve the fourth highest graduation rate for underrepresented minorities in 2007 among public research universities.  He has testified before Congress and been featured in the news media on issues ranging from education funding models to visa barriers for international students to deemed export control issues.

Internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems, including high-speed translating and rotating systems, and the biomechanics of snow skiing, Mote has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, holds patents in the United States, Norway, Finland, and Sweden, and has mentored 58 Ph.D. students.

Mote was elected to the NAE in 1988 "for analysis of the mechanics of complex dynamic systems, providing results of great practical importance in vibrations and biomechanics," and served as NAE treasurer and a member of the Research Council's Governing Board Executive Committee.  At the Research Council, Mote served on dozens of committees including as chair of the Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effect on U.S. National Security; and co-chair of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Workforce Needs for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Defense Industrial Base.

Mote received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served on the faculty for 31 years and held positions as chair of the department of mechanical engineering, president of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and vice chancellor.  He has received three honorary doctorates and the Berkeley Citation, an award from the university similar to an honorary doctorate.