Calvert County Times August 10, 2017 - Page 11

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Education The Calvert County Times 11 Lt. Gov. Rutherford Announces CSM Funding From right, CSM Assistant Professor Byron Brezina leads a tour of the Leonardtown Campus’ newly up- dated robotics and electrical labs for Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, with recent graduate Wen Xing (Kevin) Lin of St. Leonard answering questions with CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy stand- ing by. Lin, who will continue his bachelor degree studies at University of Maryland this fall, recently designed an invention with fellow robotics team members Dillon Mandley and George Jenkins that not only won the inaugural CSM F3 Challenge this spring but created a lot of buzz with the oyster people clamoring for this counting machine. The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has the opportunity to take a sig- nificant step forward in its role as a regional leader in innovation and technology work- force development. Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford visited CSM’s Leonardtown Campus Aug. 2 to announce that CSM, along with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, have endowed a total of $8.6 million in three new research professorships. The endowments were made through the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and techni- cal fields at the state’s colleges and universi- ties. CSM is the first community college to receive this prestigious award. “The College of Southern Maryland is honored to be among the three institutions in Maryland to be awarded this endowed matching fund,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “These funds will al- low the college to create a more sustainable and vibrant innovation ecosystem through public-private partnerships that support and impact the critical and innovative research being conducted at the Navy research labs in Southern Maryland. The Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute will not only support technology transfer initiatives, but will also enhance the regional and state economic and workforce development expansion.” Through the MEI, CSM received $500,000 to support the college’s Entrepre- neur and Innovati