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The College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) and UMBC have close and long-standing collaborative relationships with several federal, state, and local agencies. Our location within the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., corridor offers graduate and undergraduate students access to a vast assortment of research opportunities and facilities.

Center for Advanced Sensor Technology

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The Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) promotes the development of sensors for biomedical, bioprocess, environmental, and homeland defense applications. The team consists of a constantly changing multidisciplinary group of chemists, cell and molecular biologists, and electrical, chemical, and biochemical engineers, ranging from undergraduate students to senior researchers. The main objective is to create innovative and disruptive sensor technology that is high-impact, low-cost, and amenable for transfer to industry counterparts. We are particularly focused on innovations that will have the broadest possible positive impact on the largest number of people.

Center for Cybersecurity

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UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary university center that unifies UMBC’s many cybersecurity capabilities. The Center aims to provide both Maryland and the nation with academic and research leadership, collaboration, innovation, and outreach in this critical discipline by streamlining our academic, research, workforce development, and technology incubation activities to advance UMBC’s position as a leading research university in cybersecurity-related disciplines.

Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Utah (UU) together form the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR). The expertise of staff, students, faculty, and scientists manage and support the research problems of its participating industry members. The strategic focus of CHMPR is the application of Big Data Analytics to problems of national priority: Big Data Analytics for Health IT, Climate Change, Brain and Pluripotent Cell Imaging, Material Genomics, Mitigation of Natural and Human-caused Disasters, and Future Capabilities Beyond Watson.

Center for Urban Environmental Research & Education

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The Center for Urban Environment Research & Education (CUERE) was founded in 2001 with initial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CUERE’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environmental, social, and economic consequences of the transformation of the urban landscape through research, conferences, and symposia; support of university teaching programs; and assistance to K-12 education. CUERE fosters interdisciplinary approaches to environmental science, engineering, and public policy.


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