UMBC Receives Funding for STEM Research | UMBC Campus News

Let’s take a look at some major developments in UMBC news from the past few months, as reported by UMBC news.

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Grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Both UMBC and University of California, Merced have received one million dollars of funding for STEM students in need of financial aid. UMBC was chosen because of the diversity within our student population, with the executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Seppy Basili, stating, “both schools have resolved to ensure that all students—especially students from underrepresented backgrounds—are set up to succeed from day one in rigorous STEM classes.” Both institutions will receive $500,000 to use currently which will support students pursuing STEM degrees over the next two years. The other $500,000 will be “endowed scholarship support for STEM undergraduates with financial need.”

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UMBC Welcome’s President Ashby

UMBC welcomed Valerie Sheares Ashby as our new president last April. President Ashby made several appearances the week before her inauguration starting with a special reception at Shady Grove, then at our annual Quadmania where students showcase their performative talents, then a lunch with graduate students, and lastly the Faculty Salon. Students and faculty alike are excited to begin this journey with President Ashby and were glad to hear her thoughts on the future of UMBC.

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Funding from UMBC’s Cybersecurity Leadership Taskforce

Recently, seven projects have been awarded up to $25,000 in funding from UMBC’s Cybersecurity Leadership Taskforce. These projects will branch out and create more cybersecurity courses and research here at UMBC. The funding from UMBC’s Cybersecurity Task Force was financed by the Office of the Provost and the COEIT. 

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UMBC Researches Hypersonic Aircrafts

Members of UMBC are working in a team with the Navy, and the University of Arizona to improve hypersonic flight. This team has received $850,000 from the Office of Naval Research to continue this research. Presently, they are looking to improve the ways in which we can control hypersonic aircrafts through the use of machine learning. Currently, the researchers are working to simulate the engine they are designing through computer simulation. Eventually, this team will work their way to testing the real model of the engine.

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