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Research: Inspiring Innovation
The College of Engineering and Information Technology and UMBC are dedicated to research, innovation, and education.  The College works in partnership with state and federal agencies and industry to promote the transfer of research applications that benefit society. We distinguish ourselves by our continued commitment to cross-disciplinary research and education. We provide outstanding education opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students to contribute to the professional workforce in engineering, computer science, and information systems.

Undergraduate Student Research
Undergraduates are offered a variety of research opportunities, including those that are arranged with individual faculty members, and also those that are coordinated by UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Education. UMBC is classified by The Carnegie Institute as RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity) and participates in the Carnegie Academy for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) initiative to study the benefits of undergraduate research.

Research facilities in the College of Engineering and Information Technology are housed in state-of-the-art labs across campus, including the Information Technology/Engineering Building, Engineering Building, and Technology Research Center. Departments work collaboratively to exchange ideas with internal and external colleagues, which are housed at various locations on UMBC campus and at bwtech@UMBC, a 71-acre research and technology community. For more information about UMBC research activities and accomplishments, please visit UMBC Research.

For more information on research efforts in the College and at UMBC, visit the following pages:

  • Faculty Research Profiles. Visit Department pages to find out more about faculty research interests and links to individual faculty research pages.
  • Individual Department Laboratories. Here you can find out more about where faculty members, students, and industry partners pursue new knowledge in their areas of specific interest.
  • Departmental Centers. Here you can find out more about how Departments (sometimes in collaboration with other Department in the College and at UMBC) work together with students and industry partners to collaborate on highly-specialized research areas.
  • University-wide Centers. Here you can find out more about organizations established by UMBC promote areas of research that involve faculty and student researchers with the College of Engineering and Information Technology and external research collaborators


UMBC and Naval Academy collaborate on cybersecurity research and education  
The U.S. Naval Academy has signed a Cooperative Research Acquisition and Development Agreement (CRADA) with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This agreement will support future partnerships between the two schools, beginning with five cyber security research projects from teams of faculty from both institutions. Anupam Joshi, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is the Director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity and Richard Forno is the Director of the Cybersecurity Graduate Program.

New grants grow UMBC’s research partnership with University of Maryland, Baltimore

Faculty members at Maryland universities conduct important research that may provide relief for spinal cord injury victims, or develop new targeted methods to deliver drugs through nano-technology. More and more of that vital work is being conducted in collaborations between faculty at UMBC and the University of  Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Tülay Adalı, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is among the UMBC recipients.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
UMBC announced a $7.9 million contract with the to develop technology that would dramatically reduce the time and space needed to manufacture biologics, such as insulin, and make them more accessible in the field. Govind Rao, Professor of Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering, the principal investigator and director of UMBC’s Center for Advanced Sensor Technology said the technology would “completely revolutionize the manufacture of biologics.”

Princeton University and UMBC’s photonics center are partners in one of just 15 NSF-supported Engineering Research Centers (ERC).
The goal of the Center–named MIRTHE (Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment)–is to produce devices that are so low in cost and easy to use that they transform the way physicians monitor patients, states track air  quality, governments guard against terror attacks and scientists understand the evolution of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Anthony Johnson, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Physics, is the deputy director.

UMBC is one of 64 universities that has received $200 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. Timothy Finin, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is principal investigator of the multi-university team that was awarded a five-year, $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. “A Framework for Managing the Assured Information Sharing Lifecycle” includes Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Texas at San Antonio. The UMBC team also includes UMBC Computer Science and Electrical Engineering professors Anupam Joshi, Yelena Yesha, Hillol Kargupta, and Alan T. Sherman.