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UMD Ranked in Top 10 for I&E Education for 6th Straight Year

For the sixth consecutive year, UMD earned a top 10 ranking in The Princeton Review’s annual survey of top schools for entrepreneurship. In the 2021 rankings released today and featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine, UMD placed No. 6 for undergraduate entrepreneurship education—climbing one spot from last year—and No. 3 among public universities. UMD additionally was listed at No. 23 for graduate entrepreneurship education, marking the ninth consecutive year that the university has been named a top 25 program. 

What are we Innovating at UMD?

Areas of Impact

  • The Arts

    The Arts

    Cy Keener is an artist whose current focus is on recording and representing environments undergoing drastic changes due to our climate crisis.

    Trained as both an artist and architect, Cy Keener has long been interested in how technology, art, and the environment intersect. He’s used sensors to track the movement of stones along a riverbed during flooding and buoys to monitor ocean currents. While working on a glacier project, Keener met a researcher from the National Ice Center, who linked Keener with a National Science Foundation-funded Arctic expedition, which led to a collaboration with the International Arctic Buoy Programme to deploy art / science instruments to record multi-year sea ice. Read more about Keener's project in an article titled, "A Cold, Hard Act "in last fall's TERP magazine.

  • New Technology
    New technology

    New Technology

    UMD-Led Team Creates Novel Material That Potentially Offers an Efficient, Eco-Friendly Advance in Cooling Technology

    In a development that may open the door to the next big step in refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, scientists at UMD have developed a 3D-printed cooling material that is highly efficient and eco-friendly and sidesteps durability issues previous researchers have faced. Their study was published recently in Science. An international team of collaborators led by Ichiro Takeuchi, a professor of materials science and engineering at Maryland, has developed a more durable elastocaloric cooling material using a blend of nickel and titanium, forged using a 3D printer, that is potentially more efficient than current technology. It’s also completely “green” and can be quickly scaled up for use in commercial devices. Read more about this innovation at "The Future of Cool" from Maryland Today.

  • Agriculture & the Environment

    Agriculture & the Environment

    Alumnus Sets Out to Change America’s Eating Habits—and Maybe Save the World

    Self-professed meat lover Ethan Brown M.P.M. ’97 is right there with you on this gustatory odyssey, but there’s a twist. As a vegan and the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, which has mushroomed from a small University of Maryland-backed startup to the nation’s leading plant-based meat company. Read more from "Growing Beyond Meat" in the latest TERP Magazine.

  • Public Health
    2019 Center for Health Equity event

    Public Health

    Two-day Free Clinic Provided Free Dental, Wellness Services to More Than 1,000

    Hosted by the UMD School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Maryland State Dental Association Foundation, the event featured free dental services. More than 1,500 volunteers, including students from UMD's School of Dentistry, worked to serve 1,089 patients, many of whom had arrived overnight to secure their place in line. Read more about this annual event in Maryland Today.

  • Social Impact
    School of Agriculture

    Social Impact

    Universitas 21 (U21) announced UMD’s Roots Africa as a winner for “Most Innovative” in the international network’s first RISE Showcase and Awards.

    RISE (Real Impact on Society & Environment) is a showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation, based on challenges outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Students from sixteen U21 universities competed in the RISE Showcase, with prizes awarded to projects demonstrating the most impact, innovation and potential. Roots Africa connects students and academic institutions in the United States with farming communities in Uganda and Liberia, sharing technology and expertise to empower the next generation of agricultural innovators. Read more about Roots Africa as Winner in RISE Showcase.

Impact Stories

Success of UMD's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem is measured by the transformational impact it activates. These are some of the stories highlighting how our faculty, students, and alumni are collectively enhancing the quality of life for people across the state and around the globe.

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