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UMD, Booz Allen Partner on Science, Education

June 4, 2013

Eric Chapman, UMD, 301-405-7136
Carrie Lake, Booz Allen Hamilton, 703-377-7785

The University of Maryland today announced that Booz Allen Hamilton is the newest member of the university's Corporate Partners in Computing Program.COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland today announced that Booz Allen Hamilton—a leading provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence and civil markets—is the newest member of the university's Corporate Partners in Computing Program.

The program, hosted by the Department of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), fosters research, innovation and networking between private sector companies that will benefit from key focal points in computing at UMD.

Companies in the program—including Appian, Carr Astronautics, CyberData Technologies, Dante Consulting, Google, OPIS, Palantir Technologies, Susquehanna International Group, TATA Consultancy Services and Yahoo—gain access to a highly qualified pool of students for potential internships and full-time employment.

They are also able to explore collaborative research ventures with UMD faculty.

“We are thrilled to have Booz Allen Hamilton join as a partner in computing,” says Samir Khuller, chair of computer science at Maryland. “They are a major player in cybersecurity, IT, data science and consulting and will strengthen our connections to science and technology companies in the Washington, D.C. region.”

Khuller notes that the partnership also allows faculty in computer science and UMIACS to gain insight into industry trends and get corporate feedback on Maryland's nationally ranked computer science curriculum.

In addition to becoming a corporate partner, Booz Allen Hamilton has established a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to a meritorious UMD computer science student. The company will also be involved in an upcoming undergraduate course on large distributed systems that will support students in the emerging and critical field of data science.

“Booz Allen is deeply committed to cultivating the next generation of STEM leaders, such as computer and data scientists, and is thrilled to partner with the University of Maryland to this end,” says Josh Sullivan, vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton.

With cloud technology and advanced analytics, Sullivan says, scientists today are able to better understand and solve complex problems. But, he adds, it's only with the right data science team that 'big analytics' become possible in today's data-driven world.

“It takes the right blend of computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians and domain experts can exploit big data to find the game-changing insights buried within data,” he says. “And this new partnership with Maryland will deliver these experts.”