From the Executive Director of bwtech@UMBC:

Many are very familiar with the activities and programs the bwtech@UMBC team facilities for our clients, partners and the UMBC. It certainly has been a challenging couple of years with COVID, virtual work environments, and now emerging into a new work era.

Our mission is clear: Provide connections and opportunities for collaboration through our programs and services.  The idea is to create an environment  which will impact our clients and give overall growth with our local and state economies. Start, grow and stay here are key elements to our mission and we have many new reasons to continue to support and enhance our mission at bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. 

We are excited to announce and welcome a new team member, Alajah Parker.  Alajah is joining our team as our new front desk member, starting Monday July 18. With the addition of Alajah, our staff is once again complete.  Our bwtech@UMBC team is very excited about the future and wanted to share some insight into what you may be hearing and seeing at UMBC, within bwtech@UMBC and within the Research and Technology Park itself.  We encourage you to get involved with our work and become a part of the UMBC innovation economy.  It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs and partners while you enrich the community around you.


Aaron Miscenich

Executive Director


The UMBC accomplishment and announcements above are very exciting and we are happy to capitalize/springboard off of this announcement to create new and improved programming to better suit your needs as our clients.

Better/Enhanced Programming for you!

The programming team under the direction of Marjie Cota, the Director of Entrepreneurial Services, is actively working on developing, creating and documenting an amazing calendar of programming to match the goals above but also the goals of the Research and Technology Park. This means opportunities to develop the team necessary to provide best in class programming to help your businesses grow! Programming initiatives will expand our work in education, collaboration between our entrepreneurs and partners, as well as the development of connections within the ecosystem throughout Maryland. 

Signature Programs

The bwtech@UMBC programming team is pleased to announce the return of Signature programs such as SCALEUP Maryland and the Maryland Cyber Fellowship programs as well as the coveted CYBERtini ™ event and even our favorite program, the BIOtini event!

Educational Programs

The CEO Roundtables will resume in August and should take place on a monthly basis.  We are working to bring local experts to you regarding topic areas and services to help you improve your business!  Each event should be held on or around the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Check our email newsletters or our website for details. 

Networking Events

We’re also planning numerous social networking events for you to get to know and meet the bwtech staff and each other! Watch for these events through the various marketing communication channels; emails, flyers, the newsletter and our calendar of events. 

Last month marked the return of the park’s Continental Breakfast!   We enjoyed meeting those who participated and look forward to seeing everyone next month. 

Please check out our calendar of events and hope to see you at the next networking event – our cookout at South planned for August 10.

Places and Spaces

Our facilities team has also been hard at work making significant upgrades to both South and North campuses.  The South Campus training/conference room once again offers a state-of-the-art presentation system for meetings and presentations.  Spaces in North and South campuses are available for lease for companies of all sizes.

UMBC Updates

UMBC Welcomes Its New President

UMBC is pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Sheares Ashby as its new President.  Coming to us from Duke University, Dr. Sheares Ashby has a PhD in Chemistry and is leaving her post as Dean of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Distinguished Award 

In February 2022, UMBC received a distinguished honor to be awarded the designation of an R1 Research Facility. This designation is the culmination of years of hard work and strategy amongst many faculty members under the direction of UMBC President Freeman Harbowski, III and Dr. Karl Steiner, the Vice President for Research. This distinguished award shines a spotlight not only on the UMBC Faculty and campus but on the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park as well. The bwtech@UMBC team is developing programming and activities worthy of the designation and to continue to promote and highlight the innovation and  technology transfers of the faculty and staff at UMBC.