With its strategic location and many partnerships with government and businesses, the University of Maryland is uniquely positioned to conduct research in areas critical to our global community.

The university is addressing important issues at its dozens of research centers and institutes, such as the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies’ Augmentarium, the Center for Society and the Environment and the Space Systems Laboratory. We also collaborate with federal agencies and the private sector to advance research involving cancer, cybersecurity and food safety.

In recent years, Maryland has become a world leader in quantum research. At the Joint Quantum Institute and other centers, researchers here are breaking new ground in this field, and are working to develop new ways to harness the processing power of ions.


Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building (Pictured Above) An engineering lab unto itself, the building features exposed columns and beams, a glass-enclosed elevator shaft, two types of bridges and visible color-coded pipes and ducts.

Maker Bot Innovation Center


MakerBot Innovation Center This facility in the Technology Advancement Program Building opened in 2015 with 50-plus MakerBot 3-D printers, more than tripling the number in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and putting the future of manufacturing in reach of all Maryland students.


Campus Farm This small working farm, which provides hands-on training to students in the animal sciences, includes sheep, cattle, horses and poultry. It harkens back to the university’s founding in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College.

Physical Sciences Complex


Physical Sciences Complex The 160,000-square foot building features a multistory elliptical glass cone that opens to the sky and houses the physics and astronomy departments, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Joint Quantum Institute.



Collaboratory Located in the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture features an IMAX-like screen and other technology used to study art and architecture in novel ways.