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UMD Honored at 2015 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards

November 17, 2015
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

UMD recognized for exemplary initiatives in promoting economic development by
the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was honored at the 2015 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  UMD took home the top honor, the Connections Award, which recognizes an institution working to build connections between innovation and entrepreneurship, talent development, and social, community and cultural development. The award winners were announced today at APLU’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. 

UMD won the Connections Award in part for its partnership with Northrop Grumman to create the Advanced Cybersecurity Experiences for Students (ACES), a program which helps to supply trained workers to serve the cyber community. In addition, UMD announced earlier this year its plans for Greater College Park, an initiative which ties together many efforts supporting the university’s goal of becoming a premier college town.  It focuses on dynamic academic spaces, a vibrant downtown community and a public-private research hub that brings together businesses and the university’s academic community. 

Brian Darmody, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at UMD, accepted the award in Indianapolis on behalf of the university. Darmody chaired a university-wide committee – appointed by President Wallace Loh and comprised of students, faculty and staff – that developed the nomination.

"With more than one billion dollars in new construction on and off campus in the next five years, Greater College Park is in the midst of a major transformation. Coupled with new entrepreneurship programming, the region's largest number of STEM graduates, and our top ranked research programs, the university's engagement with the state, the region and businesses will only deepen," Darmody said.

In October, UMD’s M Square Research Park was named a 2015 Outstanding Research Park by the Association of University Research Parks for its achievements in innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as its partnerships with private and federal organizations and agencies. In addition, UMD was named to the 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities by APLU in June. 

“I want to congratulate the students, faculty and staff at the University of Maryland for being recognized by APLU for exemplary programs in innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce and talent development,” said Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. “The university’s partnerships with Northrop Grumman in cybersecurity and the National Science Foundation on lean start-ups, as well as the university’s role in launching the country’s first entrepreneurial dormitory for undergraduates are all deserving of this recognition. This is a vivid demonstration of Maryland’s leading role in the mid-Atlantic region in technology-led economic development.”

For additional information on the APLU and the IEP University Awards, click here