In 1992, IBM launched an exciting opportunity for college campuses
nationwide, offering grant funding to execute a multidisciplinary program
for undergraduate students. The University of Maryland designed a proposal
and was granted the funds to run a program. IBM/TQ launched in 1993 and was
available to students majoring in business and engineering. The grant
enabled five years’ worth of program events and projects for IBM/TQ
As the fifth year drew to a close, program administration proposed to
keep the program at Maryland. Due to the success of its participants, the
university agreed to support the program and QUEST (Quality Enhancement
Systems and Teams) was born.
Over the years, the program has grown to include a larger student body
and students from the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural
Sciences. Each year, QUEST admits 60 students from all three disciplines to
participate in the three-year program.
In April 2012, QUEST welcomed its 20th cohort of students into the
program and celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event at the Riggs
Alumni Center. This celebration brought together current and incoming
students, nearly 100 alumni, and current and former faculty and staff to
reconnect, reminisce, and look toward the future of the program.
QUEST has become a mainstay at the University of Maryland, College Park,
providing a unique opportunity for students who are interested in
multidisciplinary, reality-based learning experiences.