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Tutoring Group Wins Zipcar’s Students With Drive Challenge

Terp tutors from Peer to Peer will soon be able to zoom to local schools to teach refugee students in person, rather than being limited to online Zoom sessions, after winning the Zipcar Students with Drive Challenge.

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Mokhtarzada Hatchery Startups Showcase Their ‘Immense Progress’

From tackling food insecurity to fostering cultural exchanges, UMD students and alums are positively impacting communities through their newly formed companies.

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Arts for All Clarvit Dedication

Clarvit Studio and Courtyard Expands Artistic Possibilities at UMD

Inside the studio, students can now use 3D scanners, depth-sensing cameras, laser cutters and circuitry equipment.

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Northrop Grumman Day 2023

At Northrop Grumman Day, Students Pitch the Future of Networked Computing

From Next-Gen Security Cameras to Smart Sorters, Hackathon Winners Provide Innovative IoT Solutions

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Device That Harvests Water From Air Named Top UMD Invention of the Year

Innovate Maryland Event Also Celebrates Work on Plastic Substitutes, Cancer Detection, Quantum Science

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UMD Poised to Do More Good

The expanded Do Good program was announced during Maryland Day, the university’s annual open house, with the official unveiling of a new campus icon, the Do Good sculpture.

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McKeldin Mall Aerial

University System of Maryland Ranks Among World’s Top Patent-Producing Institutions

New Report Lists USM 14th in U.S. Public Universities, 32nd Worldwide

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Do Good Teams 2023

Green Lab Startup, Camp for Kids Dealing With Parents’ Cancer Take First Place in Do Good Challenge

Six student teams split $20K for their impactful ventures and projects tackling social issues.

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2023 Do Good Finalists

6 Student Teams to Make Pitches for Share of $20K at Do Good Challenge

Six teams that spent the year advocating, fundraising, volunteering and developing solutions to address social issues will take the stage during this year’s Do Good Challenge finals.

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Sustainabli Pitch Dingman 2023 Winner

Pitch Dingman Winner Closes the Hood on Labs’ Energy Waste

Team members of Sustainabli, a startup dedicated to reducing energy loss from fume hoods in laboratories and making the practice of science more sustainable, display their $30,000 grand prize at the Pitch Dingman Competition on Tuesday.

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At UMD-Sponsored Summit, Pines Offers Vision for Growing the ‘Capital of Quantum’

UMD President Darryll J. Pines speaks to attendees at UMD's Quantum Investment Summit at the Hall CP on Wednesday.

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Rasa Co-Founders

Dishing Out Time-Honored Flavors Fast

Rahul Vinod '11 and Sahil Rahman '12 are opening the fifth location of their fast-casual Indian restaurant, Rasa, this spring in Rockville. The pair are following in the footsteps of their parents, who own more formal Indian restaurants together.

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UMD Apples

Apples, Adapted: New Fruit From UMD Could Weather Changing Climate and Labor Shortages to Boost Grower Profits

Two new apples developed by a UMD team—one red and one yellow —are far easier to grow and could be better suited to a warming climate than traditional varieties.

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Cool Green Shelters

With New UMD Invention, All the Cool Kids Will Be Riding the Bus

Cool Green Shelters, an offshoot of Maryland-born company Living Canopies, will bring comfortable, sustainable bus shelters to riders often left unprotected. The company's first shelters will debut in Hyattsville this summer.

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Innovation Instigator Mira Azarm

New Workshop Has Instructors ‘Acting Out’

Mira Azarm, an innovation instigator in the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, peers out from under a table during a recent improv workshop designed to help instructors bring more playfulness and creativity into their classrooms.

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Ori Zohar Burlap and Barrel

Alum Takes Spicy Turn on ‘Shark Tank’

Ori Zohar ’07 and his Burlap & Barrel co-founder, Ethan Frisch, are appearing tonight on ABCs “Shark Tank’ to pitch the investing panel their single origin spice company. "You only have one shot," said Zohar. "Whatever happens, happens."

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Terp Trendsetters

Terp Trendsetters: 5 UMD Groups and Traditions That Have Spread to Campuses Nationwide

Food Recovery Network, the Midnight Mile (and later Madness), campus versions of “Survivor,” streaking and the Gamer Symphony Orchestra all trace their origins to the University of Maryland.

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Alaskan Brewing Company

Beer, Off the Beaten Track: Alum Celebrates 35 Years of Craft Brewing Success in Alaska

The craft beer that Geoff Larson ’80 produces for his Alaskan Brewing Company draws from the natural resources of Juneau.

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Mojo Rawley

From Ruling the Ring to Representing Wrestlers

Dean Muhtadi ’08, MBA ’11, known as Mojo Rawley during his days as a WWE wrestler, recently launched Paragon Talent Group with business partner Steve Kaye to help current and former pro wrestlers make a comfortable living—with or without the sport.

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Forbes 30 Under 30 Terps

4 Terps Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Lists for 2023

Tyler Denk ’16, Sarah Lorentzen ’18, Daniel Luu ’16 and TJ Ademiluyi ’17 were named to this year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists, which highlight North America’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, scientists and activists.

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Rudy Lamone

Smith School Mourns Passing of Former Dean Rudolph P. Lamone

Rudolph P. Lamone, or "Rudy," as he was commonly known, served from 1973-92 as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and established the widely recognized Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

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