Press Release

University of Maryland Wind Tunnel Media Day, June 23

Clark School offers reporters the chance to experience hurricane-force winds firsthand.

MEDIA ADVISORY  June 14, 2017

Anjanette Riley
301 405 2057

With the arrival of another hurricane season, the University of Maryland is offering reporters the chance to experience hurricane-force winds firsthand at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel Media Day on Friday, June 23, on the College Park campus. Members of the media will have the opportunity to stand in the wind tunnel and face Category 3 winds—up to 115 mph! This exclusive access is available just once a year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 45 percent chance of above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity in 2017, with the potential for as many as four major hurricanes.

University of Maryland faculty, scientists, and alumni will be on hand to answer questions about weather, wind, disaster resilience and response, and the wind tunnel.


  • Jewel Barlow, Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel director and associate professor of aerospace engineering
  • Gerry Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and Center for Disaster Resilience associate
  • Rich Krupar III, postdoctoral associate with the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and Center for Disaster Resilience affiliate
  • Will Miller, Ph.D. student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Greg Porter, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences alumni (M.S. ‘17)

Friday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To book a time slot, contact Anjanette Riley (, 301-405-2057) or Lee Tune (, 301-405-4679).

Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
8167 Paint Branch Dr.
College Park, MD 20742

The Wind Tunnel is located on Paint Branch Drive near the intersection of Campus Drive and Paint Branch Drive, Bldg. #081 on the University of Maryland campus map.

Limited parking is available in lot GG3 on Paint Branch Drive across from the Wind Tunnel. An attendant will be onsite to direct visitors to the appropriate parking spot.

Due to the wind velocities experienced in the tunnel, visitors are strongly advised to wear durable, rubber-soled shoes and snug, securely fastened clothing.

To learn more about the University of Maryland Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, watch Blown Away: UMD Wind Tunnel Video or visit

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at