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Courses taught at the University of Maryland

  • 2018 Fall: Nanomanufacture: From Materials to Systems

  • 2017 Fall: ENES 100: Introduction to Engineering Design

  • 2017 Spring: Energy Materials II (undergraduate student)

  • 2016 Fall: ENES 100: Introduction to Engineering Design

  • 2015 Fall: ENMA 300: Introduction to Materials and Their Applications

  • 2014 Spring ~ 2017 Spring: GEMSTONE Program (NATURE)

  • 2014 Fall: ENMA 300: Introduction to Materials and Their Applications

  • 2014 Spring: Energy Materials II (undergraduate student)

  • 2013 Spring: Energy Materials II (undergraduate student)

  • 2012 Fall Nanotechnology for Energy: Principles, Materials and Devices (graduate student)

  • 2011 Fall Nanotechnology for Energy: Principles, Materials and Devices (graduate student)

Gemstone Honors Program

The Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Now in it's seventeenth year, the Gemstone Honors Program continues to challenge and support students in the development of their research, teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Learn more about Gemstone


The team NATURE (Nanopaper Applications to Universalize Renewable Electronics) is an undergraduate research team in the invitation-only, four-year multidisciplinary Gemstone Honors program at the University of Maryland, College Park. The team consists of fourteen students with varying majors, from engineering to environmental science to business, who are all interested in the development of cellulose-nanopaper technology.  Team NATURE is working with Dr. Liangbing Hu, an  Associate Professor for Department of Materials Science and Engineering and collaborator of the Energy Research Center, and the Bing Nano Group.

Learn more about team NATURE

ENES 100 Course Description

ENES 100 Introduction to Engineering Design is a project-based course that requires students to work in teams to develop a complex and multidisciplinary product. This course provides the new engineering student with roadmap to become a professional engineer. This is achieved through the planning, investigation, design, manufacturing, assembly, and evaluation of a product.  These functions are achieved within the context of a team. You will model an engineering design, using basic math & science principles to accurately predict the behavior of the system. Using these predictions, you will iteratively improve the design selections for real-world applications. You will create a prototype of your design and develop testing methods to verify the expected functions. You will troubleshoot and assess the performance of the prototype, interpreting the behavior and relating the observations back to design decisions. You will be assigned to a team, which provides a framework for equitable logistical coordination and effective communication – by written, verbal, and visual modalities. You will also gain project management skills such as separating a complex project into manageable parts, governing a diverse project team with equity , and using effective tools to ensure the project meets its deliverables and progresses within budget and on schedule.

ENES 100 in year 2016

40 students in 5 teams

Skills involved : Arduino, C, C++ programming, 3D printed parts, Garntt project management

Check out class video on Youtube


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ENES 100 in year 2017

40 students in 5 teams

Skills involved : Arduino, C, C++ programming, 3D printed parts, Garntt project management

Project ongoing


Dr. Liangbing Hu always extends an invitation to any motivated individuals interested in participating in the Bing Research Group to further their education with dynamic hands-on research experience. Take a look at some examples of how students from various academic environments are getting involved.

2017 Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth - Science and Technology Series

Postdoc Tian Li presents recent findings in transparent wood and "Nanostructured Paper for Flexible Electronics and Energy Devices." 

2015 Maryland Nanoscience Day

Postdoc Wei Luo and Kun Fu gave talks about our research in nano science to Maryland students.

Gemstone Program with a Topic on NATURE, University of Maryland (2014-present)

Dr. Hu will be the mentor of a Gemstone Project entitled “Nanopaper Applications To Universalize Renewable Electronics” (NATURE). 

"The Gemstone Program at the University of Maryland is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Under guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff, teams of students design, direct and conduct significant research, often but not exclusively exploring the interdependence of science and technology with society."


learn more the gemstone program 

Women in Engineering LEAD Academy, (2014-future)

"The Women in Engineering Leadership Enhancement, Application and Design Academies have been created to provide high school students with the opportunity to spend a day learning and applying principles related to a particular engineering discipline offered at the University of Maryland."

learn more about the program

Partnering with Wheaton High School Engineering, Fall 2014

  • Field trips from Wheaton High School (Silver Spring, MD) to Dr. Hu's lab in the Energy Research Center at UMD.    

  • Organizing summer internship opportunities in Dr. Hu's group for Wheaton High School students.

  • Developing design-based lesson plans for students at Wheaton High School. 

Maryland Day (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and future)

"Science—whether physics, biology, engineering, chemistry or mathematics—is for everyone. Learn about laser technology and extreme robotics, then get blasted in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel. Explore skeletons, outer space, modern electronic devices and the weather."

Research Fellowship at Army Research Laboratory (2012, 2013, 2014, and future)

Steve Lacey worked with Dr. Kang Xu’s lab from 2013 to 2014 as an undergraduate student, and will continue his work as a PhD from Fall 2014. 

Nick worked with Dr. Kang Xu’s lab at ARL from 2011 to 2013 and published a paper as the leading author. “Weadock, N.; Varongchayakul, N.; Wan, J.; Lee, S.; Seog, J.; Hu, L.  Determination of mechanical properties of the SEI in sodium ion batteries via colloidal probe microscopy, Nano Energy 2013, 2(5), 713-719.”

Summer REU Program (2013, 2014, future)

"In an effort to produce more engineering researchers, the Clark School offers undergraduates both informal and formal research opportunities. Informal opportunities are those arranged with individual faculty members, typically through each department's director of undergraduate programs."

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site, "Research Experiences in Transportation Electrification."

RET Program with Montagomery College (2012-present)

Bing Research Group welcomes the Montgomery College Science Club's visit to the Energy Research Center

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