The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) are developing a major academic initiative at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville. In this initiative, we are actively engaged in both educational and research activities in Montgomery County. Academic planning for expan­sion and enhancement of degree programs in a broad range of disciplines, including engineering and the biological sci­ences, at USG has begun, and extensive programmatic planning for the new building is a priority.

We are actively recruiting a premier scientist to the jointly appointed directorship of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), and have positioned it to be a scientific hub for the biotechnology industry in Montgomery County. It also will provide opportunities for research experiences for USG undergraduates. The partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology has become very strong with the active participation of its director in creating a vision for IBBR and the biotech corridor.

We are highly committed to the continued success of USG and its mission. Our students will complement and be fully integrated with the existing undergraduates enrolled in USM programs at USG, thus providing, for all USG students, a rich and diverse environment typical of a large research university. We will aim to integrate fully with the existing USG infrastructure, its executive director, and its governing and advisory boards. We are working with the executive director and board to further interactions with Montgomery College, local corporations, and other regional interests to understand their educational and economic needs with the goal of creating new and improving existing programs. We envision a new phase in the maturation of USG as a regional center.

Contact the following for more information:

Pete Gilbert, MSF, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, UMB

Ann Wylie, PhD, Special Assistant to the President, UMCP