Dr. Wereley is the Minta Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Department Chair at the University of Maryland. He serves as the Director, Smart Structures Laboratory and Composites Research Laboratory. His research interests are in dynamics and control of smart structures, with emphasis on active and passive vibration damping control applied to rotorcraft aerospace and automotive systems. The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Maryland (UMD), ranked 8th among all U.S. Aerospace Graduate Programs by U.S. News and World Report, has a strong research program spanning rotorcraft - aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, CFD, flight mechanics and handing qualities,; hypersonic vehicles - aerodynamics and propulsion; space systems including space robotics, human factors, and small satellites; space propulsion; dynamics and control – collective systems (swarms), insect navigation and control, optimal control, and smart structures and materials applied to adaptive energy absorption systems for occupant protection systems in air and ground vehicles, robotics, and helicopter rotor control; and composite structures. First, an overview of collaborative research opportunities will be provided. There are many opportunities to collaborate with UMD faculty and students on a range of topics and levels of effort including grants, contracts, fellowships, lectures delivered by company personnel on campus, and support of the curriculum via design reviews, topics for research projects, and internships. The seminar discusses of how businesses, both large and small, can leverage existing capabilities by teaming with university research laboratories, and also realize large gains in productivity effectively and efficiently. The importance of developing a fruitful intellectual property strategy in this context is presented. Date February 14th at 10:00am in the Main Conference Room.