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Power Surge: Dr. Robert W. Deutsch

It takes a visionary to recognize a visionary, and from his very first visit to UMBC’s campus, Dr. Robert W. Deutsch was hooked. At a point in life when many of his peers are in leisurely retirement, Deutsch—already head of RWD Technologies, a successful international technology services company—saw his future linked with UMBC.

By 1999, when UMBC broke ground on a research park, Deutsch already had signed on to be the park’s first tenant, and the RWD Applied Technology Laboratory (ATL) opened its doors at the new bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park in 2001. “When we began planning the ATL several years ago, I decided that the laboratory should be associated with a university,” says Deutsch, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. “I wanted our employees to be exposed to the exciting, cutting-edge ideas that are generated by a university’s faculty and its students,” he adds—exactly what UMBC envisioned when planning a research park. David Yager, distinguished professor of visual arts and founder of UMBC’s renowned Imaging Research Center, helped Deutsch launch this new venture, serving as the ATL’s first director.

Anchored by the RWD Applied Technology Laboratory, which focuses on Web-based learning and business solutions, bwtech@UMBC is positioned to become a major center of research and technology development in the Greater Baltimore region. The companies it attracts will have access to UMBC’s academic resources, while at the same time helping the University advance its research mission and attract top talent. When complete, bwtech@UMBC will have five buildings with a dozen established, profitable businesses as tenants and about 1,200 total employees. UMBC’s partner in developing bwtech@UMBC is Grosvenor International, one of the largest private real estate companies in the world.

Through innovative partnerships with companies such as RWD Technologies and Grosvenor International, UMBC is putting the knowledge and expertise of its faculty and students to work for the State’s economy.

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