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“Thanks largely to Ellen Hemmerly’s leadership, UMBC’s research park and business incubator are among the nation’s best. We are delighted that UMBC is being recognized for its contributions to economic growth through its research and technology development.”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


UMBC Official Leads International Research Park Group

March 5, 2003 – Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of the UMBC Research Park Corporation and special assistant to the vice president for administration and finance, has been named president of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a non-profit group that supports more than 200 university research parks and technology incubators worldwide. AURP was founded in 1986, and its past presidents have come from such technology transfer leaders as North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Technology Park.

At UMBC, Hemmerly oversees the development of bwtech@UMBC, the University’s on-campus research park. The park’s first tenant, RWD Technologies Applied Technology Laboratory, develops innovative Internet business solutions and Web-enabled training systems and employs approximately 250 people, 50 of whom are visiting senior engineers and scientists from academia and industry. Grosvenor, one of the largest real estate development companies in the world, is planning a second, multi-tenant building at bwtech@UMBC.

Hemmerly also directs techcenter@UMBC, a business incubator that is home to 30 start-up and emerging tech firms. Among the companies at techcenter@UMBC are InVitro Technologies and Columbia Technologies; both earned Incubator of the Year awards from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation in 2002.

This June, UMBC, AURP, and a consortium of other area research universities will co-sponsor BioParks 2003, which will bring representatives from biotech research parks around the world to Baltimore. “AURP’s mission is to help connect the innovations of academia with regional economic growth and development,” says Hemmerly. “With so many excellent research universities in greater Baltimore, I look forward to helping new ideas become solid business models that add to our region’s high-tech economy.”


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