SOE Coronavirus Updates

Message from the Dean:

Dear Members of our Academic Community,

The COVID 19 illness has been elevated to a pandemic classification by the world health organization. A National Emergency has been declared by the federal government and a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor of the State of Maryland. The safety of you - our students, staff, and faculty - is our highest concern as we are in constant communication with federal, state and institutional authorities to help guide us in implementing all necessary measures to ensure that our well-being is maintained.

For that purpose, effective immediately, the University is still open, but all faculty and staff are advised to consult with their supervisors to determine if teleworking can be an approach to maximize social distancing. Students are advised to limit in-person gatherings to minimize the spread of this highly contagious virus. Beginning March 23, 2020, all classes will be held online, including labs until further notice. During the spring break, our faculty and staff will be diligently working toward moving all instruction and lab classes online. Graduate students should consult with their advisors about how to continue their research, whereas the engineering buildings are still open for research operations.

Also know that this is a fluid situation and we likely will be adjusting our operations over the next few days and weeks. Please visit for the most current updates. We strongly encourage you to follow the Coronavirus personal hygiene and prevention tips afforded by the CDC: frequently wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds), use hand sanitizer, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and practice social distancing. I want to emphasize, if you are feeling ill, please stay home and immediately seek the appropriate medical attention.

We know these are trying times, but I am confident that we can put forth our best to continue to be the model academic unit that we have established ourselves to be. I have already witnessed the dedication, flexibility, and passion to make this transition successful. Our dedicated team work yields the preeminence of dreamwork as our engineering family comes together in this crisis to support each other.


Dean Craig Scott

Important Links

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Information

Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Information Page

This page will be updated periodically as new information develops.