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C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. started his tenure as president of the University of Maryland, College Park, with the same three-word slogan that has guided his entire academic career: "Quality, Quality, Quality."

After earning his doctorate in Engineering Mechanics from Berkeley in 1963, Mote spent a year as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham in England, then three years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before returning to Berkeley in 1967.

Mote served two terms as vice chair of Mechanical Engineering and served as chair from 1987 to 1991. At that time, he was appointed to the FANUC Chair in Mechanical Systems in addition to being named vice chancellor for University Relations, the post he held until accepting the presidency at Maryland in 1998.

Mote earned the 1971 Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California. He has supervised more than 50 doctoral students, including several who are still in progress, and more than 60 master's theses. Mote intends to teach and work with graduate students at Maryland as well.

Mote's research activities have focused on dynamic systems, instrumentation, vibration and biomechanics. He has achieved international recognition for his work on gyroscopic systems, including high-speed translating and rotating systems such as circular and band saws, computer memory disks and tapes. He also has researched the biomechanics of skiing injuries leading to the development of safer ski bindings. His research has resulted in more than 300 scholarly publications as well as patents in the United States, Norway, Finland and Sweden.

A registered professional engineer in California, Mote has served in numerous capacities for professional societies, including the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and is co-editor of its biannual research series, "Skiing Trauma and Safety." Mote's work has been supported continuously since 1962 by the National Science Foundation, and he also has received research fellowships from the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 1988. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers International elected him to honorary membership in 1997, and he has been elected as well to fellow grade in the International Academy of Wood Science, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1998 he was awarded the Berkeley Citation.

In 1992, he conceived, designed and implemented a $1.1 billion comprehensive capital campaign, which had achieved more than $800 million at the time he left Berkeley.

Mote and his wife Patsy live in the President's Residence on the College Park campus. They have two grown children.

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