Are you or your child or spouse graduating this spring? Get reserved seating!

For faculty and staff who are graduating this spring, or have a child or spouse graduating, UMBC offers reserved seating for you and up to six guests at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md.

For more information and to make your reservations, please contact Paige Bauder in the Office of Institutional Advancement at or 410-455-5656.

We would like to hear from you as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

Please note: this amenity is only for current UMBC faculty and staff members and is not for the general student body.

Tagide deCarvalho to manage Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility, a growing resource for the UMBC community

A message from William LaCourse, Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences:

The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Tagide deCarvalho as manager of the Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility. The college welcomes faculty and staff from across UMBC, and in our surrounding academic and industrial communities, to utilize the resources of this expanding facility.

The Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility is located on the ground floor of the Biological Sciences Building. It offers specialized microscope equipment for biological and materials science research, and facility staff can provide training in sample preparation, equipment use, and image processing.

The facility offers an array of optical (i.e. light) instruments, including epi-fluorescent microscopes for visualizing labeled structures and a confocal laser microscope for high-resolution fluorescent imaging that allows reconstruction of an image in 3D. A transmission electron microscope is also available; it uses a beam of electrons transmitted through an ultrathin specimen to provide high-resolution, 2D images on the order of nanometers. The facility also houses an atomic force microscope, which uses a probe to form 3D images that are more than 1000 times more precise than optical microscopes. Unlike electron microscopes, the atomic force microscope requires minimal sample preparation. Within the next few years, the facility intends to acquire new, state-of-the-art microscopes.

Tagide deCarvalho will be responsible for managing and developing the facility, maintaining the instruments, and training users. She received her Ph.D. in behavior, ecology, and systematics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 and completed postdoctoral work in neuroscience in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution in Baltimore. Most recently, she taught on the faculty of Georgetown University. She brings extensive experience and knowledge of microscopy and advanced imaging techniques, and deCarvalho looks forward to connecting the campus community with the resources the Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility offers.

Academic Freedom

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski:

I am writing to affirm the University’s commitment to academic freedom, consistent with the values of UMBC. During this week’s URCAD event, an undergraduate research poster was moved from a prominent position. On behalf of the University, I apologize to the student researchers and their mentors. Dean Diane Lee and I have been discussing this situation with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She and Dean Scott Casper will write to the campus soon about an opportunity for the student researchers to present their work and for a faculty panel to discuss lessons learned from this URCAD experience. I will also be meeting with the student researchers to express the University’s support for their scholarly work and our deep regret about the circumstances.

I commend the faculty for mentoring and supporting our students.

Recently Hired Staff – May 2016

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the campus’ recently hired staff:

  • Robert Bennington, Columbus Center Facilities
  • Timothy Boyle, OIT Infrastructure & Support
  • Brittany Coverdale, Shriver Center
  • Bryce Crawford, Athletics
  • Nathanael Dixon, Athletics
  • Kelsey Fitzpatrick, Athletics
  • Sarah Hansen, Institutional Advancement
  • Melanie Harrison, Student Affairs
  • Amy Heckhaus, College of Engineering & Information Technology
  • Laura Hesselton, Student Support Services
  • Gloria Honeycutt, Athletics
  • Kirstie Neal, MIPAR
  • Ryan Odom, Athletics
  • Donnita Pugh, Shriver Center
  • Rosena Rudder, Registrar’s Office
  • Rashidah Sparks, Human Resources
  • Kaitlyn Whiton, The Hilltop Institute
  • Isiah Woods, Office of Enrollment Management

Join us for Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, April 27

A message from Diane Lee, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education:

On Wednesday, April 27 the campus celebrates the 20th Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Please join us to see outstanding work by UMBC undergraduates in all fields from original choreograph to original computer games; primary-source research in fields from history to music; and research, scholarship, and creative work from students in all disciplines. The day includes:

9:15 a.m. UC 312

  • Opening Remarks and the kick off of the day

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Oral presentations in UC 310 and 312 and Engineering 023
  • Dance, theatre, and music presentations in PAHB 337, the Dance Cube
  • Animation and video presentations in UC 204 (starting at 10:30)

12 – 12:50 p.m. – General Session in UC 310

  • Guest speaker Dr. Mark Reynolds ’78, MA ’82 psychology and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • Introduction of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Award Scholars
  • Reflections on 20 years of URCAD at UMBC

1 – 4 p.m.

  • Presentations in UC 310, 312, 204 and Engineering 023

The poster area in the UC Ballroom will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with 177 presentations.

A full URCAD program can be found at Follow #URCAD.

AVP Facilities Management Retirement

After a 42 year career, Rusty Postlewate, our Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, has decided to retire.  Rusty’s career in facilities management has spanned positions around the world from Korea to Germany and around the U.S. including 16 years in the higher education arena.

His accomplishments at UMBC over the last 6 years include the new Performing Arts & Humanities building, the new Campus Gateway, energy performance initiatives, and campus-wide landscape improvements, to name a few.  A farewell reception will be held in his honor on Friday, May 13th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge.

We will greatly miss Rusty and know that you join us in wishing him the very best in his retirement!

Lynne C. Schaefer, Vice President, Administration & Finance
Terry Cook, Senior Associate Vice President, Administrative Services

Remembering Emeritus Professor Dr. Kadir Aziz

A message from Rouben Rostamian, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics:

Dr. Kadir Aziz, professor emeritus in the department of mathematics and statistics, passed away on March 25, 2016 in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 92 years old.

Dr. Aziz was a leader in the academic community across the region over his 30-year career, having contributed to educational programs and research at UMBC, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined UMBC in 1967 as one of the founding senior faculty members and was a major force in growing the school’s department of mathematics and statistics. Throughout his career, his innovative research was supported by prestigious national grants from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Naval Surface Weapons Center.

Dr. Aziz was a pioneer of Finite Element Method (FEM), a mathematical theory that has become the standard in computer modeling and simulation of the effects of forces on objects. It is now used in many industries, including automotive, aviation, aerospace, and civil engineering. Shortly after arriving at UMBC, he led the first international conference on FEM, which was followed by the publication of a groundbreaking monograph co-authored by Dr. Aziz and internationally acclaimed mathematician Ivo Babuska. The study became the definitive reference on the subject and an inspiration for future development of the field.

In 1999, Dr. Aziz established the Aziz Lecture Series, a forum for expository lectures by experts in the field of numerical solutions of differential equations. Since its inception, the lectures have been held each year, initially at UMBC and later College Park.

A memorial service for Kadir will be held on Saturday, May 28, 1 p.m. at 10520 Montrose Avenue in Bethesda, MD, 20814. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rouben Rostamian,, for more information.