Technology in Baltimore with Ellen Hemmerly

On February 3 Ellen Hemmerly, executive director, of bwtech@UMBC spoke with AHA
Business Radio. She talked about her career path, the economic impact of
bwtech@UMBC on the Baltimore metropolitan area and the benefits of being at ellenhemmerlyphotobwtech@UMBC.

“We welcome a diverse set of companies,” she said, “but they have to be technology companies.”

Hemmerly says that bwtech@UMBC is not just about real estate, but that it’s about helping companies to grow and succeed.

Listen to the entire interview.

Safety Workshop for Researchers Traveling Abroad (8/26)

Do you take your personal or UMBC issued electronics (laptops, telephones, tablets) when traveling? Have you been invited to lecture or collaborate with a university outside the US? What protections should you follow?

Come meet and listen to an expert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to discuss general awareness and travel precautions to take when traveling abroad to protect you and your research. The workshop will be held on August 26, 2014 from 11 A.M.- 12.30 P.M. in bwtech@UMBC North, Suite 310. Registration ends August 20, 2014.

Click here to register and learn more.

UMBC Students and Potomac Photonics Create 3D Replica of UMBC

Potomac Photonics, a micro digital fabrication company located in bwtech@UMBC, has 3D-printed a mini replica of the UMBC campus as part of Ecosynth, a UMBC project that creates 3D models for ecological study.

Lindsay Digman and Stephen Gienow ’15, mechanical engineering, helped to create the map by using a helicopter-mounted camera to capture aerial photographs of the campus.

President and CEO of Potomac Photonics Mike Adelstein ’96, biochemistry, described the map, saying, “This cool project that combines robotics, 3D modeling, and 3D printing is part of our Education Manufacturing Initiative, whereby we donate or discount… technologies to researchers, faculty and students at universities who need manufacturing assistance.”

Click here to see photos and read more about the project.

Avi Reichental Opens Potomac Photonics’ New Era of Digital Fabrication in Baltimore

3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental helped Potomac Photonics open a new era of Digital Fabrication at bwtech@UMBC Research and Development Park.

Keynoting a Digital Fabrication Summit that Potomac organized in celebration of the new Center, Reichental expanded upon the symposium’s theme: The Impact of Digital Fabrication on Our Lives. The inspiring talk included examples of the many ways in which people’s everyday lives were improved by 3D Printing. While cool medical applications such as the “sexy” prosthesis 3D Systems has created for amputees, it was the ways in which 3D Printing can lower barriers to market entry for entrepreneurs and spur economic growth that caught the attention of Maryland State and local business and government leaders who were in attendance.

The day was introduced by Potomac CEO and UMBC Alum Mike Adelstein, who is leading the company into a new era of digital fabrication. Founded as an excimer laser and laser micromachining manufacturing and contract services company, Adelstein has expanded the range of contract service offerings to include 3D Printing, micro CNC machining, hot embossing, and advanced quality control and measurement. Potomac is also an authorized 3D Systems 3D Printer re-seller, and one of the few re-sellers in the country with trained service technicians to support customers.

Adelstein’s inspiring talk, entitled IMAGINE, spoke to the many ways in which Potomac’s contract service work helps groups cure cancer, improve diagnostic testing through new microfluidics devices, create new businesses by building prototypes for innovators and entrepreneurs, and improve STEM education. He also described the company’s Education Manufacturing Initiative where thousands of dollars of digital fabrication work has been donated to college and universities. As part of this program, Potomac is conducting joint R&D with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where the new Center is located.

Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and founder of the MIT-based FabLab Network, spoke about Digital Fabrication advances that are at the center of his group’s work. These included Machines that Make Machines and self-assembling 3D Printed materials. A lively presentation followed by Kegan Schouwenburg, founder of Sols, who ispassionate about the intersection of 3D Printing and good business practice. Her vision to 3D Print customized orthotics in a way that is beautiful, efficient, and affordable seems clearly achieveable given her concrete analysis combined with boundless energy!

Following a welcome by the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park Executive Director, Ellen Hemmerly, the ceremonial ribbon was cut by Potomac employees. Perhaps most fun of all was a tour of the Potomac Digital Fabrication center that includes all manner of CNC machines, lasers, 3D Printers, software, and measurement tools.

It was a day that saw a glimpse into what people are calling the next industrial revolution. And Potomac Photonics is leading digital fabrication toa time when technology will be impacting our lives in unimaginable ways.

UMBC Hosts Media Workshop for Faculty Researchers and bwtech@UMBC Entrepreneurs

Nearly two dozen UMBC faculty researchers and bwtech@UMBC entrepreneurs attended a media workshop held in the research and technology park’s new CyberHive on Thursday, February 20th. UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement organized the event in collaboration with bwtech@UMBC as an opportunity for researchers and entrepreneurs to learn about media relations and strategies to gain visibility for their work.

Attendees heard from three local journalists: Sarah Gantz from the Baltimore Business Journal, Liz Gormisky from Defense Daily, and Lisa Palmer, an NSF-funded science communication fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and freelance journalist who has written for publications such as The New York Times, Scientific American and Slate.

In their talks and the Q&A session that followed, Gantz, Gormisky and Palmer discussed how to communicate and build relationships with journalists to generate interest in new research or technologies. Additional topics included how various types of publications work on different timetables and use different types of sources, and how to tailor story pitches to fit particular news outlets.

bwtech@UMBC in the Baltimore Sun

“At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s incubator for cybersecurity start-ups there’s a definite government focus. Companies can participate in a federal contracting institute, and some have scholarships from contracting giant Northrop Grumman that cover their rent.

But incubator leaders are emphasizing the importance of going after the “huge and growing” commercial market, said Ellen Hemmerly, who oversees all of the university’s incubators as executive director of bwtech@UMBC,” writes Jamie Smith Hopkins.