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.

2016 Campus Budget Update

A message from President Freeman Hrabowksi and Provost Philip Rous:

This year’s General Assembly session ended April 11th, and we are pleased to report that Governor Larry Hogan and our legislators continue to demonstrate strong support for higher education in the budget adopted for FY 2017. State support for the entire USM in FY 2017 will be $1.34 billion, an increase of $75 million—or about 6 percent—above the current year’s budget.

UMBC’s FY 2017 State operating budget will increase by about $8.5 million, including $4 million that will be used to meet mandatory cost increases for health insurance and retirement benefits and $3 million for a 2.5 percent merit pool. Salary guidelines applying to this merit pool will be issued soon.

The budget also includes $750,000 for a 1 percent “tuition buy-down” for in-state undergraduate students. This will hold UMBC’s FY 2017 tuition increase for these students to 2 percent. Tuition for out-of-state and graduate students will increase by 3 percent. Another $750,000 is targeted to support college completion strategies.

We are delighted to announce that UMBC has also secured State capital funding to complete the design and begin construction of the new $123-million Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB). Consistent with goals established in our new strategic plan, this new facility will expand our infrastructure to support both innovative approaches to teaching and learning and interdisciplinary research in areas of strategic importance to the State. We anticipate that construction of the ILSB will begin in spring 2017 and that the facility will open in fall 2019.

As you may be aware, Senate Bill 1052, which creates a more extensive partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), has been approved. During the legislative session, UMBC leaders worked closely with legislators, particularly Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones ‘76, psychology, to ensure the bill would formally recognize UMBC’s critical role in the State as a research university and a leader in economic development. Other important amendments were also made to the original bill. Our longstanding connection with UMB, particularly our partnership in graduate education, is now properly documented, and the bill language supports the expansion of future UMBC research collaborations with UMB and UMCP. Finally, the bill lays important groundwork for an increase in UMBC’s base budget, above and beyond any regular USM budget increases, beginning in FY 2018. We anticipate this increase will bring at least $10 million in new revenue to the campus by the end of FY 2021. This investment represents the State’s continued commitment to UMBC’s development as a research university and is an important first step in increasing UMBC’s State funding level towards that of our peers. We look forward to continuing to work with our elected officials to further increase support for the exceptional contributions we make to the State of Maryland.

The State’s investment in higher education and support for our UMBC community is directly related to the talent and commitment of our faculty, staff, and students, who have built this great university we call our UMBC. We are proud of you and thank you for all that you do for UMBC.

Attitude for Innovation Workshop (6/8)

For an organization to harness its capacity for innovation, it is crucial to instill an attitude in its team members that promotes an innovative environment. Once this attitude is in place, the next step is to promote constructive communication among those committed innovative thinking. Innovation stems from the effective interaction of diverse minds and the interrelation of diverse opportunities. By allowing and encouraging dialogue with all individuals’ thoughts, experiences, and opinions, an organization can drive the generation of quality solutions and ideas. In this workshop, taught by Gib Mason, of UMBC Training Centers, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., faculty and staff participants will learn to:

  • Identify attitudes that foster innovation
  • Adopt an innovative attitude
  • Recognize methods for introducing innovative attitudes to their own environment as well as across the organization
  • Foster conversation across different levels of the organization
  • Understand the importance of developing “diverse” work teams
  • Create an open and transparent work environment

Space is limited – Please register now! Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 

State of Maryland Health & Wellness Fair (5/5)

The Department of Human Resources will be hosting a wellness fair in UC 312 on Thursday, May 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Representatives from each of the health, drug, and dental plans will be joining us. They will be distributing information about free wellness resources and new programs through the State of Maryland health plans. There will be giveaways, prizes, screening, massages and more. All faculty and staff are welcome.

Artist Talk for “04192015” photography exhibition (4/26)

This talk and accompanying work from “04192015,” a photography exhibition housed within the 3rd floor of the Fine Arts building, will investigate how four photographers; Patrick Alejandro, Zachary Garmoe, Nate Larson, and Josh Sinn, documented and dealt with the events of last year after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Md.

This, combined with the essay “Glimpses of an Insurrection” by Mark Durant, attempt to continue a conversation about social justice, perseverance, and the human condition through the lens of photography.

Flexible Work Arrangements Workshop for Faculty (5/11)

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, with participation from the Human Resources Department, will be hosting a Flexible Work Arrangements Workshop on Wednesday, May 11, from 12 – 1 p.m.

The purpose of this workshop is to review the range of options available to full-time instructional faculty should they desire to pursue flexible work arrangements. The workshop will be held in The Commons, room 318. Light refreshments will be provided for participants.

Please email Ms. Sheryl Gibbs by Monday, May 9 if you plan to attend.