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New UMD-Developed App Offers 420 Immersive Lessons in Seven Languages
Dean Chang named UMD’s new interim chief innovation officer
As the interim chief innovation officer, Dean Chang will oversee the Discovery District.
Dr. Gregory Ball Named New Vice President for Research at UMCP and UMB
Dr. Ball will oversee the joint research enterprise at the two campuses, which earn a combined $1.3 billion in research awards annually.
Getting ‘Greater’ in Fall 2021
Construction has continued apace this year in continuing to transform Greater College Park. Read about 10 development projects reshaping Greater College Park.
IonQ and University of Maryland Establish First-of-its-Kind National Quantum Lab
IonQ, Inc. (IonQ), the leading developer of quantum computing devices, and the University of Maryland (UMD), an international powerhouse in quantum research and applications, today announced a partnership to create the National Quantum Lab at Maryland (Q-Lab)
College Park’s IonQ and the University of Maryland are teaming up to open a $20M quantum lab
The Q-lab, which is being created with a $20 million investment from the school, is part of UMD’s larger expansion of quantum resources at a time when scientists are moving to take the technology from the lab to commercial companies. So far, UMD has invested $300 million in quantum science, and has been working in the field on its campus for over 30 years.
Medcura Launches a New Class of High-Performance, Antibacterial Hemostats
Medcura, Inc., a commercial-stage medical device company, in partnership with ASO, LLC, a major U.S. manufacturer and supplier of first aid products, announced today the launch of a high-performance, antibacterial hemostatic gel, Rapid-Seal®, available @ https://amazon.com/rapid-seal and on the shelves at a leading US drugstore chain.
These Tech Companies are Finding Room to Grow in College Park's Discovery District
A new venture is going to need different things as it grows. But surround it with talent and expertise that can help, and the chances are higher that it will find its way. Put other ventures nearby, and they’ll probably find a way to work together.
New Leases Bolster Discovery District's Burgeoning Research Hub in College Park
Three expanding companies have signed leases for new space at the Discovery District, bolstering the growing tech and defense node near the University of Maryland, College Park.
UMD Receives Its Highest Ranking in Research and Development Survey
The University of Maryland achieves its highest ranking ever in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey.
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Over the last several weeks, the University of Maryland has announced several appointments of key leadership positions working in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Gregory F. Ball has been appointed to serve as the Vice President of Research, leading the $1.3B research enterprise of the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore campuses. Prior to this appointment, Dr.
There are only fourteen University-Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) in the country, and the Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), based in the Discovery District, is one of them. This UARC is focused on “integrating social and behavioral sciences, AI, and computing for new Human Domain applied research and development capabilities.”
Last month, the University of Maryland and IonQ announced a partnership to create the National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab), which will be based in the Discovery District. The Q-Lab will be the nation's first user facility that enables the scientific community to pursue world-leading research through hands-on access to a commercial-grade quantum computer.
President Joe Biden recently nominated Laurie Locascio, who serves as the Vice President for Research and as a professor within the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, as Under Secretary for Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Locascio, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal lab employing 3,400 scientists, engineers, and support staff.
"Qubit Alley" rooted in the Discovery District - In a recent cover story, Quantum Competing, the Washington Business Journal highlighted UMD’s leading-edge role in quantum innovation shining a light on the startups, quantum visionaries, and research collaborations that are making it happen.
University of Maryland Startup Goes Public: Discovery District-based startup IonQ, founded in College Park in 2015 by Dr. Christopher Monroe and Dr. Jungsang Kim, announced its plan to become the first publicly traded quantum computing company last month. The company will enter the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) valued at $2B. This news comes on the heels of IonQ recently completing an extensive expansion and renovation of its office, which will enable IonQ to grow its workforce. It already has several open positions for engineers and physicists.