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Research Highlights

Our faculty, alumni, and partners contribute to a broad range of exciting discoveries and research. The videos below include TEDx talks, technical talks, and video spotlights that showcase the innovation and excellence that they exemplify.

COEIT faculty receive START and SURFF awards to pursue new research and creative work

Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

UMBC’s Office of the Vice President for Research recently presented awards to support the work of two dozen UMBC faculty examining topics from health disparities among people with diabetes to natural language processing.

UMBC offers a range of research awards to help faculty launch new research projects, advance ongoing work, and effectively compete for external funding as their projects progress and grow. Strategic Awards for Research Transitions (START) offer up to $25,000. These awards allow faculty to pursue new areas of research and compete for external funding. Summer Research Faculty Fellowship (SURFF) awards offer up to $6,000 in summer funding to non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. Current SURFF awardees received funding for summer 2018, and START awardees will begin their funding cycle in July 2019.

Read more about innovative research happening across campus.

2018 UMBC GRIT-X

grit-x photo

Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

Artists, scientists, and social change agents from across UMBC presented the third annual GRIT-X talks. Among the speakers at the third annual event was Kavita Krishnaswamy ’07, computer science and mathematics, Ph.D. ’19, computer science, shared her work developing solutions to assist people with disabilities and mobility challenges. Read more about Krishnaswamy’s talk and all of the presentations here.

Video Spotlights

Sustainable Agriculture: Engineering a win-win solution for poultry litter — October 1, 2018

Dr. Lee Blaney and his research team are extracting nutrients from poultry litter to create a new revenue stream for farmers and help the environment at the same time. Learn more about this NSF-funded research by visiting the National Science Foundation and Science Nation website: Sustainable Agriculture: Engineering a win-win solution for poultry litter.


See how a manure lagoon works and why farmers want to build even more of them (3:44) [Science Nation video]

IBM-UMBC Day — April 6, 2018

IBM-UMBC Day Program [PDF] | Speaker Bios [PDF] | IBM-UMBC Day videos of all technical talks [YouTube videos]

The partnership between UMBC and IBM began decades ago. This partnership initially focused on high-performance and cloud computing, and recently expanded to include artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. IBM-UMBC Day talks presented on April 6, 2018 shared information about new areas to explore in the fields of blockchain, quantum computing, Internet of Things, and cyber-physical systems.


Welcoming Remarks from IBM and UMBC partners (9:50) [YouTube video]

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