Research Highlights

Our faculty, alumni, and partners contribute to a broad range of exciting discoveries and research. Our mission is to advance research and innovation to discover new knowledge. The spotlights below are a few examples of our research collaborations, TEDx style talks, and video spotlights that showcase innovation and excellence. UMBC and COEIT is a diverse and inclusive environment where we produce graduates who are highly valued and in demand, poised to deliver solutions to global challenges and responsive to the region and beyond.

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UMBC News Research Spotlights


UMBC expands its next-generation tech analytics research with Phase II of the Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics

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Members of the UMBC-CARTA team. (Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

UMBC’s Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA) team will advance its work in investigating data analytics using next-generation computing hardware with the launch of the next phase of the multi-institutional research collaboration.

UMBC is partnering with Rutgers University, the University of Miami, and Arizona State University to deploy CARTA Phase II, a five-year initiative that explores data analytics research to develop new accelerated and real-time approaches to address advanced technology integration in industries such as health care, finance, and security.

Read more about CARTA in UMBC News.

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Nilanjan Banerjee (left) talks to students during a demo of the new operations technology cyber range. (Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

The Center for Research in Emergent Manufacturing (CREM), which started as the ambitious idea of two UMBC researchers in 2019, is launching a major new project with the U.S. Army and other partners this year. UMBC has received an initial amount of more than $3 million to fund the first year of the project, which will investigate ways to digitize the army’s supply chain.

Read more about CREM in UMBC News.

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Students gather outside of the University Center on the UMBC campus. (Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

UMBC has joined dozens of other founding institutions at the kick-off meeting of a newly launched initiative to ensure sustained resources and opportunities in tech fields for women of color. The Action Collaborative on Transforming Trajectories for Women of Color in Tech, is organized by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and guided by the findings and recommendations detailed in a 2022 National Academies report. According to the report, while women of color make up a substantial and growing percentage of the female population in the United States, they earn a small percentage of computing degrees, and remain significantly underrepresented in the tech workforce.

Read more about this collective in UMBC News.

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Fast computers, such as these at the Nanoscience High-Performance Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, can advance important scientific research. (Image credit: Argonne National Laboratory, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED)

Vandana Janeja, a professor of information systems at UMBC, was recently awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will help further that mission. The grant is part of a larger NSF collaborative award with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES).

Read more about Vandana Janeja’s research in UMBC News.

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Parham Oveissi (left) and Ankit Goel (right) discuss a model plane in the lab. The plane is used in other research projects. (Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

Ankit Goel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering leads a team of researchers who will research the challenges of hypersonic flight, from the stresses on materials to struggle to control the aircraft. Goel recently received more than $850,000 in funding from the Office of Naval Research to further the investigations. Over the next three years he will partner with Kyle Hanquist at the University of Arizona and researchers from the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) to develop improved engine control strategies and assess their performance in ground experiments conducted at the NAWC facility at China Lake, California.

Read more about Ankit Goel’s research in UMBC News.

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Claire Welty (left) and Andrew Miller at one of their field research sites in Catonsville. Photo by Victor Fulda/UMBC.

A new program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has funded Urban Integrated Field Laboratories in three American cities (including Baltimore) to generate resilience-enhancing solutions to urban climate challenges in collaboration with community organizations. The Baltimore-centered consortium, named the Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative (BSEC), will receive $24.5 million through the program. UMBC will receive $2.3 million of this larger grant. Leading UMBC’s work on the project is Claire Welty, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE).

Read more about Claire Welty’s research in UMBC News.

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Global. Research. Innovation. Trends. Excellence.

GRIT-X is a series of presentations to celebrate the passion and achievements of UMBC’s alumni, faculty and graduates students, with invited speakers conveying compelling aspects of UMBC’s impact in the areas of research, scholarship and creative achievement.


Learn more about GRIT-X 2023, past speakers, and their research.
Watch all the
GRIT-X 2023 presentations [YouTube video].

[Back for its seventh year, GRIT-X returned to the Fine Arts Recital Hall during Homecoming 2023 with presentations from faculty and accomplished alumni addressing some of the most pressing issues facing society now and throughout history, and how UMBC scholars are working to build a better tomorrow.

“The goal of GRIT-X is to provide a sneak peek behind the scenes of some of the exciting and impactful research and creative achievement initiatives across our campus community,” says Karl V. Steiner, UMBC’s vice president of research and creative achievement. “[GRIT-X] takes you around the whole campus and beyond.”

Read more about GRIT-X 2023 in UMBC News.

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