• The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a Historically Black College, an urban land-grant university and the only public university in the District of Columbia. As UDC embarks on a mission to become a premier research institution in the nation’s capital, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Professional Research Experience Program (PREP-UDC) will play a pivotal role in accelerating the research capabilities and opportunities available to the diverse population of the region.
  • The PREP-UDC program builds on the legacy relationship of the University’s land-grant beginnings on the site of the former National Bureau of Standards to continue a highly collaborative relationship with scientists and engineers from the NIST. Through this exciting new opportunity, PREP-UDC researchers can conveniently participate on-site at NIST Gaithersburg to receive mentorship, training, and exposure to cutting-edge research and development efforts.
  • Researchers and students from UDC’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will work to increase American industrial competitiveness and our resilience in addressing challenges of the 21st century. In turn, the program will prepare a diverse, research-capable workforce that is increasingly inclusive of underrepresented minorities.

Overview of Our Students

Our Students

  • Traditional (after high school)
  • Non-traditional (working full-time / professional / married / 2nd degree earners)
  • In recent years, more traditional college bound students are enrolling

Student Residency

  • District, Washington Metropolitan RegioStudent Residency District Resident 45% Metro Area 12% International 35% Other 8%n* and other states
  • Transfer students from local Community Colleges
  • International Students


  • UDC Community College (open enrollment) in 2009
  • Flagship (selective) admission has GPA and SAT/ACT requirements

Vision 2020 and Equity Imperative Plan



PREP-UDC offers student research assistants at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels. Additionally, we can provide research fellows at the post-baccalaureate, post-doctoral, and faculty levels. SEAS currently has 25 full-time faculty and 20 part-time faculty with a breadth of interests and expertise that includes, but is not limited to, the list below.

  • Renewable energy & power systems integration; solar capture; solar cell defect analysis & device modeling
  • Operation, planning & communication for Smart Grid; wireless communication and sensor networks
  • Advanced digital and cyber-physical systems; VLSI & ASIC applications; embedded systems design
  • Development of infrastructure resilience assessment, management, & hydrologic system design
  • Sustainable concrete materials; geotechnical risk & reliability; geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Multi-level, multi-objective vulnerability assessment of transportation networks
  • Additive manufacturing: measurement, characterization, modeling and post-processing of alloys
  • Nanomaterials for thermal management; energy recovery and conversion; multi-scale and multi-physics modeling
  • Nanomaterials synthesis & characterization; in-situ measurement; electron/ion beam applications
  • Nanotechnology; nanoscale device fabrication; molecular spintronics devices; biosensors
  • Smart product design & manufacturing; robotics; mechatronics system design and standardization
  • Biomedical diagnostic ultrasound imaging; rehabilitation engineering; bio-assisted and exoskeleton devices
  • Multi-robot coordination & communication; autonomous systems; artificial intelligence
  • Data science; machine learning; Big Data; data analysis, pattern recognition, data mining and image analysis
  • Software defined radio/radar; Smart Vehicles; cybersecurity; security protocols & semantic technologies




For more information contact

Dr. Kate Klein

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

(202) 274-7131