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As a leading research institute, the University of Maryland is on the cutting
edge of emerging technologies. In a partnership designed to realize the full potential
of $545 million in sponsored research undertaken by our faculty and staff, The Dingman
Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with the
Clark School of Engineering’s Mtech Program
and the Office of Technology Commercialization to create the Technology Transfer program.
The program’s goal is to fully explore business applications for new technologies
through a rigorous review process. We start each academic year with 130 technology
disclosures from across the University of Maryland system. From that group, 30 are
chosen as candidates for the review process based on commercialization potential.
The next step is a presentation to our Tech Transfer Committee, which meets monthly
and is made up of the following experts:
At the same time, Smith School MBA students are active in the technology commercialization
program, providing for a rich learning experience in understanding and assessing
business fundamentals. A major component of that experience involves a spring semester
course in Technology Commercialization taught by Associate Professor Brent Goldfarb.
Technologies are chosen from fall screenings and then developed into businesses
by graduate students from the Smith School of Business, as well as engineering and
computer science students. In one success from the inaugural class, nanotechnology
developed by UMD faculty received a $200,000 investment from Lockheed Martin in
Through the Tech Transfer process, University of Maryland programs provide significant
To learn more about the Tech Transfer process, and programs to get involved in,
please click here.
Tech Transfer is an integral part of the University of Maryland’s strategic plan
through its contribution to the number of ventures created within the university
community while also bringing together top talent from a range of academic programs.