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Innovation @ UMD

January 11
UMD NanoCenter Creates Tiny Inchworm Motor with Flexible Arms
Maryland NanoCenter engineers Ivan Penskiy and Sarah Bergbreiter have developed a new micromechanical motor, which has flexible arms used to alternately grab and pull a tiny silicon beam thousands of times per second, moving only a couple micrometers at a time. This action simulates a movement similar to a person grabbing and pulling a rope hand over hand. These motors could someday be used to power a tiny insect-sized robot or provide autofocus and zoom in a smartphone camera.
January 11
Smith School Names 2013 China Business Plan Competition Winner
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business awarded $10,000 in cash prizes on Tuesday to the winners and finalists of the 2013 China Business Plan Competition, organized by the Smith School’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing. Smith School student Yuan He won the competition’s top prize.
January 10
UMD Doctoral Student Recognized for Outstanding Research in Entrepreneurship
Shweta Gaonkar, a Doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, has been honored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Emerging Scholars Program for her significant contributions to research in entrepreneurship.
December 19
Top Lockheed Martin Innovation Award Goes to University of Maryland Research Scientist
Moble Benedict - a University of Maryland research scientist in the A. James Clark School of Engineering - has won the grand prize in the Lockheed Martin 2012 "Innovate the Future Challenge."
December 18
UMD Philanthropy Class Donates $7,000 to After-School Group that Teaches Problem Solving through Chess  
Chess Challenge DC wins a $7,000 grant from Professor Robert Grimm's Art and Science of Philanthropy class at the University of Maryland.
December 12
UMD's Chincoteague Hall Renovation Project Wins Gold LEED Certification
The Chincoteague Hall Renovation project at the University of Maryland has earned LEED Gold Certification - a first for a renovation project on the campus of the University of Maryland.
December 11
Innovative Drug Delivery System Wins Venture Fair at UMD Bioscience Research Day
A novel drug delivery strategy wins honors for two University of Maryland researchers during Bioscience Research and Technology Review Day.
December 7
New Seigel Learning Center at UMD Takes Distance Learning to New Heights
Engineering students and faculty now have access to cutting-edge technology and the best practices in online learning at the new Arnold E. Seigel Learning Center, inaugurated in October by the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering.
December 5
Pessoa Named First Director of UMD's Maryland Neuroimaging Center
The University of Maryland has named Luiz Pessoa, Ph.D., a professor of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as the first Director for the new Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC).  Dr. Pessoa will provide scientific leadership and vision for brain imaging research, collaboration, and cutting-edge methodology at the MNC. 
November 29
UMD “Time Reversal” Research May Open Doors to Future Tech
University of Maryland researchers have come up with a technology that one day could use “time-reversal” to recharge a phone, destroy tumors or disable a listening device hidden in a prosthetic toe -- without knowing where the objects are located.
November 20
New Informatics and Bioimaging Center Combines Resources, Expertise from UMD, UMB
A new center combining UMD's advanced computing resources with clinical data and biomedical expertise at UMB could soon revolutionize the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in the state of Maryland and beyond. The new Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging joins computer scientists, life scientists, engineers, physicists, biostatisticians in College Park with imaging specialists, physicians and clinicians in Baltimore.  
November 17
MPower Collaborative Announces New Director of UM Ventures
James L. Hughes, MBA, chief enterprise and economic development officer and vice president at UMB, has been named director of UM Ventures, the ambitious joint research commercialization effort of the two universities and a central part of the collaborative MPowering the State. In his role as director, Hughes will help combine the commercialization and entrepreneurial efforts of these two powerhouse universities that together do more than one billion dollars a year in externally sponsored research.
November 7
UMD, Lockheed Martin Sign Master Research Agreement
UMD and Lockheed Martin have reached a major new milestone in their Strategic Partnership, enabling a streamlined process for initiating collaborative projects.
October 19
National Weather and Climate Prediction Center Opens at UMD
UMD is now the "eye" of the nation's weather and climate prediction.
October 18
New NIH Grant to Advance Joint UMD & UMB Brain Surgery Robot Development
A joint UMD-UMB team is developing a small robot to aid neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach brain tumors. The National Institutes of health has awarded the team $2 million to continue development.