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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.

UMBC researchers invent creative approach to remove dangerous pollutant from waterways

Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

UMBC professors Kevin Sowers and Upal Ghosh have advanced a new technique to eliminate PCBs—one of the most persistent, pervasive, and dangerous chemical pollutants found in waterway sediments. Their innovative, environmentally-friendly approach, published in Environmental Science and Technology, resulted in reducing PCBs by over 50 percent in treated areas. Read more about this interdisciplinary research here.

Read more about innovative research happening across campus.

“Researching” to “researcher”: UMBC students share why mentoring is the key

Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

UMBC’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Day allows students to reflect on a year or more of work intensively focused on a project, often with close guidance from a faculty mentor. These mentors have deep and long-lasting impacts on the students who work with them, and the students’ creativity and fresh perspectives inspire their mentors. Read more about the role of mentors to transform the student experience here.

Read more about the inquiring minds of our UMBC community.

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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