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"UMBC's entrepreneurial environment sparks many success stories. We expect the students in our new Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Center for Science and Technology Entrepreneurship to be future award winners someday."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Stands Out at Entrepreneur Awards

July 6, 2000 - Three members of the UMBC President's Board of Visitors, Bill Struever, David Oros, and John Erickson, were honored among this year's most successful and innovative entrepreneurs at the Ernst & Young 2000 Maryland Entrepreneur Awards in June.

UMBC alumni Robert A. Baruch (Computer Science, 1989), president of RABA Technologies, Inc., and Nathan A. Chapman, Jr. (Economics and Political Science, 1980), president and CEO of The Chapman Worldwide Financial Group, were finalists for the Maryland entrepreneur awards.

Struever received the prestigious Ernst & Young 2000 Master Entrepreneur of the Year award for his extensive redevelopment projects in Baltimore City with Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse. Erickson was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year for his successful, middle-income Erickson Retirement Communities. Oros, who is also a UMBC alumnus (Mathematics, 1985), was recognized as Maryland Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for his company, Aether Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless and mobile data services.

In receiving Maryland entrepreneur awards, Struever, Oros, and Erickson are candidates for Ernst & Young's national entrepreneur awards later this year.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized UMBC along with Harvard and Cornell, for its focus on entrepreneurship. UMBC's entrepreneurial culture will soon be further advanced by the new Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Center for Science and Technology Entrepreneurship, an educational forum for students to gain the knowledge and skills to capitalize on entrepreneurial opportunities.

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