The title of Distinguished University Professor is the highest appointment bestowed on a tenured faculty member, and is a recognition not just of excellence, but of impact and significant contribution to the nominee's field, knowledge, profession, and/or practice.

Distinguished University Professors have been recognized nationally and internationally for the importance of their scholarly and/or creative achievements. They also have demonstrated the breadth of interest characteristically encompassed by the traditional role of scholar, teacher, and public servant. This is a distinction enjoyed by only 7% of tenured faculty, and is therefore highly selective.


*Updated 6/17/20

Distinguished University Professors in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences:

Bill Fagan (2020) Department of Biology
James Farquhar
(2020) Department of Geology / Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
Dinesh Manocha
(2020) Department of Computer Science / Electrical & Computer Engineering / Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Aravind Srinivasan
(2020) Department of Computer Science / Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Ming Lin
(2019) Department of Computer Science
Richard Walker (2019) Department of Geology
Sean Carroll (2019) Department of Biology
Theodore Jacobson (2018) Department of Physics
Catherine Fenselau (2017) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thomas M. Antonsen (2017) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Department of Physics / Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
Larry Davis (2016) Department of Computer Science / Institute for Advanced Computer Science
Mikhail Anisimov (2016) Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Rabindra Mohapatra (2016) Department of Physics
Ramalingam Chellappa (2016) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Xiangdong Ji (2016) Department of Physics
Catherine Carr (2015) Department of Biology
Christopher Monroe (2015) Department of Physics
Jordan Goodman (2015) Department of Physics
Margaret Palmer (2015) Department of Entomology
Christopher Jarzynski (2014) Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Dianne P. O'Leary (2014) Department of Computer Science
James Drake (2014) Department of Physics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Sylvester James Gates (2014) Department of Physics
Ben Shneiderman (2013) Department of Computer Science
Hanan Samet (2013) Department of Computer Science
Raymond St. Leger (2013) Department of Entomology
Abolhassan (Hassan) Jawahery (2012) Department of Physics
Raman Sundrum (2011) Department of Physics
Jeffrey Bub (2007) Department of Philosophy / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
G.W. "Pete" Stewart (2006) Department of Computer Science
Eitan Tadmor (2005) Department of Mathematics / Inst. for Physical Science & Technology / Center for Scientific Computation & Mathematical Modeling
Rita Colwell (2004) Institute for Computer Studies (UMIACS)
Eugenia E. Kalnay (2001) Department of Meteorology / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Katepalli R. Sreenivasan (2001) Institute for Physical Science & Technology / Department of Physics / Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stuart S. Antman (2001) Department of Mathematics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
William D. Phillips (2001) Department of Physics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Ellen Williams (2000) Department of Physics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
George H. Lorimer (2000) Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Mark I. Freidlin (2000) Department of Mathematics
Jan V. Sengers (1999) Institute for Physical Science & Technology / Department of Chemical Engineering
Millard Alexander (1999) Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Theodor Diener (1999) Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
George Gloeckler (1998) Department of Physics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Elisabeth Gantt (1997) Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Sergei P. Novikov (1997) Department of Mathematics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Edward Ott (1995) Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering / Department of Physics
Ivo Babuska (1995) Department of Mathematics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
James A. Yorke (1995) Department of Mathematics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology / Department of Physics
John D. Weeks (1995) Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry / Institute for Physical Science & Technology / Department of Physics
Sankar Das Sarma (1995) Department of Physics
Stephen Brush (1995) Department of History / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Roald Z. Sagdeev (1990) Department of Physics / Institute for Physical Science & Technology
Michael Fisher (1988) Institute for Physical Science & Technology / Department of Physics

Deceased Distinguished University Professors in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences:

Michael F. A'Hearn (2000) Department of Astronomy
Richard Webb (1997) Department of Physics
Robert W. Zwanzig (1980) Institute for Physical Science & Technology

Visit the Office of Faculty Affairs website for a complete list of University of Maryland Distinguished University Professors.