CSM’s tech pro­grams look to leap into fu­ture

Lt. gover­nor an­nounces $500,000 to urge col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­mu­nity, military

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAC­QUI ATKIELSKI jatkiel­ski@somd­news.com

The Col­lege of Southern Mary­land is leap-frog­ging into the fu­ture by of­fer­ing stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to learn skills use­ful for cy­ber­se­cu­rity and other re­search that may be ben­e­fi­cial to the U.S. De­part­ment of De­fense and the Navy.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford (R) an­nounced Wed­nes­day the part­ner­ship among the three col­leges raised a total of $5 mil­lion, and the state de­part­ment ap­proved match­ing grants of $3.6 mil­lion.

The com­mu­nity col­lege sys­tem re­ceived $500,000 from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce’s Mary­land E-Nno­va­tion Ini­tia­tive, a state pro­gram cre­ated to en­cour­age ba­sic and ap­plied re­search in sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal fields at the col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park also re­ceived fund­ing for drug dis­cov­ery and tech­nol­ogy re­search from the state pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

CSM’s E-Nn­va­tion funds will be used at the En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute, an ini­tia­tive that sup­ports the col­lege and their ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy trans­fer ac­tiv­i­ties, stu­dents, lo­cal busi­nesses, and fed­eral re­searchers at Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion as well as the Ve­loc­ity Cen­ter at In­dian Head.

The spe­cific ini­tia­tives will fo­cus on train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, workspace for star­tups, and the growth and estab­lish­ment of busi­nesses and their re­sources for lo­cal com­pa­nies, CSM Pres­i­dent Mau­reen Murphy said at the an­nounce­ment hosted at the Leonard­town cam­pus Wed­nes­day.

CSM is “hon­ored to be among the three in­sti­tu­tions in Mary­land to be awarded this en­dowed match­ing fund,” Murphy said. The funds pro­vide CSM “to cre­ate a more sus­tain­able and vibrant in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem through pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships that sup­port and im­pact the crit­i­cal and in­no­va­tive re­search be­ing con­ducted at the Navy re­search labs in Southern Mary­land,” she said. “The En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute will not only sup­port tech­nol­ogy trans­fer ini­tia­tives, but will also en­hance the re­gional and state eco­nomic and work­force de­vel­op­ment ex­pan­sion.

“The fu­ture does not look like the past,” she said. “It’s time to leapfrog into the fu­ture.”

En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute di­rec­tor and CSM pro­fes­sor Thomas Lug­in­bill said Wed­nes­day the Southern Mary­land re­gion should be ex­cited about what the in­sti­tute can now of­fer with the new fund­ing. He said a $200,000 do­na­tion by Sen. Mac Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) “gave a stamp of ap­proval” for rais­ing funds.

“We have a military base in ev­ery sin­gle county,” Lug­in­bill said. CSM has been work­ing with all of the bases in the past “but this is the first time we’ve tried to change the way we are teach­ing our stu­dents. We’re go­ing to bring sci­en­tists out of the gate to act as men­tors but also be stu­dents them­selves.”

He said the goal is to teach cred­ited and non-cred­ited cour­ses and could “have CSM stu­dents sit­ting next to re­search sci­en­tists.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of CSM Foun­da­tion Michelle Good­win said, “as far as I know, we’re the only com­mu­nity col­lege to re­ceive this kind of fund­ing.”

Ruther­ford said Wed­nes­day that “Mary­land boasts some of the top aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in the world.” He said he is proud to “sup­port the ground­break­ing work th­ese schools are do­ing, from drug dis­cov­ery re­search to cy­ber­se­cu­rity, to en­sure both our lo­cal busi­nesses and our res­i­dents are the first to ben­e­fit from th­ese in­spir­ing aca­demic achieve­ments.”

The three col­leges are sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic driv­ers for the en­tire state of Mary­land, Com­merce Sec­re­tary Mike Gill said in a re­lease.

“The re­search they con­duct and the bright young minds they nur­ture fuel Mary­land’s econ­omy and keep our state on the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy and dis­cov­ery,” Gill said. “We are proud to part­ner with th­ese in­sti­tu­tions and look for­ward to see­ing the fruits of the pro­fes­sor­ships for years to come.”

Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity re­ceived $1 mil­lion for the Charles Glenn Grover Es­tate for Ad­vanced Mus­cu­lar De­gen­er­a­tion to fur­ther ex­plore drug ther­a­pies for ad­vanced mus­cu­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. The Univer­sity of Mary­land re­ceived $2.1 mil­lion for the Cap­i­tal One Chair in Ma­chine Learn­ing and Com­puter Sci­ence, which will sup­port cy­ber­se­cu­rity, ma­chine learn­ing, and data an­a­lyt­ics re­search, the re­lease states.

The Mary­land E-Nno­va­tion Ini­tia­tive was cre­ated by the Gen­eral Assem­bly dur­ing the 2014 leg­isla­tive ses­sion and has pro­vided $20.1 mil­lion in fund­ing to lever­age $23 mil­lion in pri­vate do­na­tions, the re­lease states. The fund­ing can be used to pay salaries of newly en­dowed de­part­ment chairs, staff, and sup­port per­son­nel in des­ig­nated sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal fields of study; fund re­lated re­search fel­low­ships for grad­u­ate and un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents; and pur­chase lab equip­ment and other ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment.

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