The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2013 Nominating Committee has unanimously recommended C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., past president and Regents Professor of the University of Maryland (UMD), to stand as the sole candidate for the NAE presidency. NAE members will vote in March 2013 to elect a new NAE president to a six-year term beginning July 1. If elected, Mote will succeed Charles M. Vest, whose term ends June 30, 2013.

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 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.