The University of Maryland research enterprise generates groundbreaking discoveries that impact the lives of people in our state, nation and the world. From breakthroughs that advance and improve human health outcomes to new technologies that keep our community, nation and planet safe, the 18 schools and colleges at the University of Maryland make lasting and innovative solutions to the most critical challenges facing our society.
With $1.1B in annual research awards, the University of Maryland fuels scientific discovery, innovation and economic development. Our programs and partnerships with federal agencies, laboratories, foundations and the private sector accelerate our collective impact. I invite you to get to know the combined research enterprises of the University of Maryland and all it has to offer.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasized in our programs. We seek not only to make a societal impact and help human lives through our research discoveries, but also to advance economic development, and transform ideas into innovations that fuel growth in the marketplace.
There have been 451 companies started by University of Maryland alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years, cumulatively raising $312.3 million in funding.
Among other innovations, University of Maryland alumni have given the world:
- Google (Sergey Brin, B.S., ‘93)
- Sirius-XM Satellite Radio (Robert Briskman, M.S., ‘61)
- Universal Product Code (George Laurer, B.S. ‘51)
- PolyCom Conference Call Device (Brian Hinman, B.S., ‘82)
- Under Armour (Kevin Plank, B.S., ‘96)
- The Muppets (Jim Henson, B.S., ‘60)
- Seinfeld (Larry David, B.A., ‘69)
- The Wine Advocate and 100-Point Wine Ratings (Robert Parker, B.A., ‘70)