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University of Maryland, Baltimore
Fri, 02/12/2021
University of Maryland, Baltimore - School of Nursing

In this news release from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, it is announced that the school has received the largest gift in its history, a $13.83 million commitment from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Fund to create an additional 345 Conway Scholarships across all degree programs. The gift also includes $1 million to support a renovation of the nursing building at the Universities at Shady Grove campus.

Universities at Shady Grove
Fri, 01/08/2021
Maryland Matters

In this commentary by Dr. Anne Khademian and her counterparts, Dr. Eileen Abel and Mark Halsey, the three emphasize the importance of regional centers to higher education as our lives have transformed to a “new normal” with the global pandemic.

The full article, published on January 8, 2021, can be found below in Maryland Matters.


Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 12/17/2020
Architecture DC Winter 2020 Edition

In this feature article by Ronald O'Rourke in Architecture DC, the Universities at Shady Grove's Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility is recognized for its innovative environmental design features. The BSE has acheived LEED NC-2009 Platinum Certification – the LEED system's highest level of certification, and boasts a six-story, 228,000-square-foot building with a design that was created to promote a sense of wellbeing among its occupants, and biophilia, a term that refers to a hypothesized innate human desire or tendancy to commune with nature.

The full article can be found below in the Winter 2020 edition of Architecture DC, on pages 34-38.


University of Maryland, College Park
Thu, 12/10/2020
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Wendy StickleDuring the week of November 30, Dr. Wendy Stickle participated in the Universitas21 Early Career Researchers Workshop: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Forced Labor. Dr. Stickle collaborated with researchers from across the world.  During the conference, she partnered with a researcher at the University of Nottingham to pitch a research project in a "Shark Tank" style competition. She was awarded funding to conduct research in Northern Africa and Italy to examine the coping mechanisms and resilience of forced migrants at different points in their journeys to refuge.  She was invited to participate in a dialogue on children and human trafficking during the event.  She has also accepted an invitation to act as an editor for a special issue of the Journal of Modern Slavery next year.

Dr. Wendy Stickle is the director of the CCJS undergraduate program at Shady Grove. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009. She teaches research methods, criminological theory, and juvenile delinquency, and human trafficking. Her research interests include program and policy evaluation, juvenile delinquency, prevention, and human trafficking.  

Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 09/15/2020
Bethesda Magazine

Chevy Chase resident Anne Khademian will take over role in October 


The Universities at Shady Grove’s incoming executive director says she is focused on finding innovative ways to advance the campus and strengthen partnerships with community organizations.

The University System of Maryland on Monday morning announced that Anne Khademian, a presidential fellow and processor at Virginia Tech, will take over as USG’s next executive director, effective Oct. 19. She will succeed Stewart Edelstein, who has agreed to retain his position until Khademian assumes her role.

Khademian will also serve as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Khademian said she was drawn to USG because of its focus on helping first-generation and underrepresented students participate in higher education, as well as its work to enhance economic development and community partnerships with MCPS and other organizations.

“There’s commitment in the system … to continue to do those innovative things and explore ways higher education can be a better partner to the community at large,” Khademian said. “I’m really happy that I have a chance to be a part of that effort.”

With more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, Khademian said that commitment to innovation will be critical both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Higher education must remain nimble and find ways to “serve our students better, to serve our communities better and to be more affordable,” Khademian said. Institutions across the country, including USG, likely will have to get by with less funding. (Steve Hull, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat, is a member of the USG Board of Advisors.)

“My focus in the immediate term will be on making sure we’re taking care of our students, taking care of our faculty, taking care of our staff, and making sure everyone’s safe and getting what they need,” Khademian said. “Then, in the longer term, it’s going to be how do we innovate now? How can we continue to do good things? … How do we build on what we’ve learned in this time?”

At Virginia Tech, Khademian is a professor and director of the School of Public and International Affairs.

During her time there, Khademian has “led the school through a period of significant growth and transformation, including the introduction of new academic degrees and programs; increased student enrollment; new faculty hires; forging of new global partnerships and initiatives; and extended outreach to the local community,” according to a news release from the University System of Maryland on Monday.

She has written three books and has published several research articles about public management and public policy.

Khademian is a fellow and member of the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Khademian said she hopes her experience can be “an asset in fostering what is an already collaborative space (at USG) to do more.”

A 58-year-old mother of two, Khademian grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Michigan.

She attended Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. She later earned her Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Khademian participated in cross country and track at Michigan State, a Division I school, and was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Khademian has lived in Chevy Chase since 2003, and her two daughters attended Montgomery County Public Schools. For seven years, Khademian made the four-hour drive to Virginia Tech once per week, leaving home at 3 a.m. to arrive at 7 a.m.

In her spare time, Khademian enjoys reading, spending time with her family and exercising with her two rescue dogs, Fiona and Peaches.

Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 04/07/2020

Greenroofs.com Featured Project April 6, 2020

This indoor living wall at the Universities at Shady Grove’s newest academic building, its Biomedical Sciences & Engineering (BSE) facility, is a lovely gem of a project combining living architecture and art. Incorporating sculpture as part of the State of Maryland’s Percent for Art Program, the greenwall rhythmically accentuates the staircase and draws visitors to views of the exterior Piney Branch Water Garden.

Nestled within the cool greenery you’ll encounter sculpted aluminum panels which, according to the artist, “are abstractions based on natural patterns, observed phenomena, systems, materials, and structures that reference the scientific and engineering disciplines found within the BSE building and the regional biotech cluster.” [READ MORE]

Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 11/25/2019
The Washington Post

The gleaming biomedical sciences and engineering building that just opened in a technology corridor of suburban Maryland testifies to the power of a novel idea: Offer degrees from several public universities through one commuter-friendly campus, and the students will come.

The Universities at Shady Grove, near Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, has enabled thousands of transfer students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the past two decades from an array of schools in the University System of Maryland.

Built with $175 million in state money, the 220,000-square-foot edifice of brick, glass and textured stone provides laboratories and classrooms that double the academic footprint at Shady Grove. The building also raises the ambitions of a campus that has quietly grown into an educational force in an economically dynamic expanse of the Washington region that has no four-year public university to call its own.

The biomedical sciences and engineering building of the Universities at Shady Grove. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
The biomedical sciences and engineering building of the Universities at Shady Grove. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Shady Grove, a destination for many who start in community college, is home to about 3,000 students who commute from places such as Silver Spring and Gaithersburg. It has no residence halls, no intercollegiate athletics and no freshmen.

With the expansion, the campus is projected to draw up to 7,500 students in coming years to obtain degrees from any of nine public universities in Maryland. The diplomas come straight from those universities, without extra notations or qualifiers.

The new building — dedicated Thursday by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and other public officials — will enable growth of degree programs in fields such as clinical dental hygiene, translational life science technology and cybersecurity.


Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
Business Wire

ROCKVILLE, Md.--()--The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – a regional campus of the University System of Maryland that offers degree programs from nine different Maryland public universities – celebrated today the opening of its fourth academic building, a $175 million, state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, university presidents from around the state, USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein, and the USG Board of Advisors were joined by an array of elected officials, business and community leaders, faculty, staff and students for the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting. Hundreds attended the grand opening event, which was followed by tours of the BSE and a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical studies) Showcase to highlight programs that partner universities will be bringing to the new facility, as well as area science and technology businesses that are partnering with USG.

USG is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland that offers approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine different state universities, all on one convenient, full-service campus in Rockville. Students who attend USG pursue and earn their degrees directly from the partner universities that offer the programs on the campus. For undergraduate students, the university programs offered at USG provide third- and fourth-year classes toward a bachelor’s degree. Most students who attend the undergraduate programs at USG transfer from Montgomery College or another college, after completing the first two years of their coursework.

The new BSE building will provide USG the opportunity to expand educational offerings and degrees in the STEMM fields, including new programs from UMBC in life sciences, cybersecurity and engineering; from the University of Maryland, College Park, including the Clark School of Engineering; and from the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

One of the first and most unique features of the new BSE will be a community dental clinic operated by the School of Dentistry. Equipped with 24 operatory stations, the clinic will provide comprehensive dental care to community patients. Patient care will be provided by faculty-supervised dental students and dental hygiene students.

The BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that doubles the footprint of the campus. It will enable USG to ultimately increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500, over the next several years.

The building has been constructed as one of the most sustainably sourced laboratory buildings in the region and is on track to be certified as LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification issued by the U.S. Green Business Council. Key sustainability features of the building and project include the materials and resources used in construction; indoor environmental quality enhancements; protection of the local ecology in design and construction; water efficiency; and energy use.

Another highlight of the BSE is a spectacular, outdoor public artwork entitled “Piney Branch Water Garden,” by the renowned Michael Singer Studio. The artwork – which connects directly to an elevated campus boardwalk that was built to traverse wetlands associated with the Piney Branch watershed – features harvested rainwater, flowing over layers of underwater sculpted surfaces and includes night lighting. Sculpted panels are repeated on a living wall of the interior of the building and represent abstractions of natural patterns, systems and structures referencing the scientific disciplines within the BSE. Michael Singer is an award-winning artist with commissioned public art projects throughout the nation and abroad. The studio was selected to design and produce the public art at USG through the Maryland Public Art Initiative, which is administered by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Among other features of note about the BSE facility:

  • 20 fully equipped teaching laboratories;
  • Two 120-plus seat lecture halls;
  • 12 active learning classrooms;
  • Clinical training facilities, including the dental clinic with 20 dental chairs and four surgical offices;
  • Product design laboratory and maker spaces for student research;
  • Academic offices;
  • A future innovation and entrepreneurship center where students and mentors will work collaboratively with local businesses to develop new ideas and technologies; and
  • Student affairs offices to support academic success, career and internship services, and counseling and consultation.

The architectural firms Cooper Carry and Lake Flato collaborated on the planning and design of the BSE. Gilbane Building Company served as the construction management firm, under oversight by University of Maryland Capital Projects, Department of Planning and Construction.

“For nearly 20 years, the Universities at Shady Grove has been providing students with opportunities to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields offered on campus by our nine university partners,” said USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein. “The opening of this state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering facility will enable us to expand our ability to serve students and the region by bringing a variety of much-needed and in-demand STEMM programs into Montgomery County.”

For more information about the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering building at USG, please visit shadygrove.umd.edu/bse.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
University System of Maryland News

Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 5, 2019) – The University System of Maryland (USM) celebrates this week’s opening of the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering education facility at the system’s regional higher education center in Montgomery County, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7.

The Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility is a $175 million project that will allow USG to expand educational offerings and degrees in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). These programs include new offerings from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in life sciences, cybersecurity and engineering; from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Clark School of Engineering; and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Dentistry.

USG is located at 9636 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville. USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and Chancellor Robert L. Caret will participate in the ceremony.

Established more than 20 years ago, the concept of the USM regional centers is unique nationally. The regional centers are not “satellite” campuses of a single university, but rather conveniently and strategically located sites where multiple universities deliver their most in-demand undergraduate, graduate, professional degree, and certificate programs. The USM maintains two other regional higher education centers: USM Hagerstown in western Maryland and USM at Southern Maryland in St. Mary’s County. USM has broken ground on a new Academic and Innovation Center, an $86 Million, 84,000-square foot academic and research facility that will nearly double USMSM’s educational footprint, create autonomous systems research space, and spur economic activity and job growth.

“A major expansion is also underway at USMSM, as construction is underway on the Academic and Innovation Center  NAME building that will greatly expand classroom space and provide testing facilities for drone research conducted by the UMCP Clarks School of Engineering….]

Since its opening in 2000, USG has grown rapidly and increased the number of students served on its campus from an initial cohort of 200 to more than 3,000 today. Approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate-level degrees have been awarded by USG’s nine participating universities to students who have attended the campus. Programs are offered at USG by the following nine University System of Maryland universities: University of Maryland, College Park; Bowie State; Salisbury University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; UMBC; University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES); and University of Maryland Global Campus.

“The Universities at Shady Grove is a critical, successful, and major component of the higher education landscape in Montgomery County. Having served several years ago on the USG Board of Visitors, it gives me great pride to see this marvelous new facility move from concept to completion,” Gooden said. “Our three regional centers are hubs of innovation and training that extend the reach of the fine institutions in our system—benefitting both students and local businesses.  We are grateful to leadership in Annapolis for providing the funding to support this important and unique regional model.”

The BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that will double the footprint of the campus and allow USG to increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500, during the next several years. Its constriction makes it one of the most sustainably sourced laboratory buildings in the region and is on track for LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification issued by the U.S. Green Business Council.
An exciting feature of the BSE will be a community dental clinic operated by the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Equipped with 24 operatory stations, the clinic will provide comprehensive dental care to community patients. Faculty-supervised dental students and dental hygiene students will provide the patient care.

“In many ways this new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering education facility represents the best of the USM regional center model—providing students with access to an affordable education, businesses with innovation partners and a highly trained workforce, and communities with enhancements to the local quality of life,” said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret.  “We are proud to expand this important work in Montgomery County, and greatly appreciate both the state and county leaders who support this vision.” 

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019

UMBC students like Jackelyn Flores are increasingly taking advantage of high-impact programs at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), a Montgomery County campus UMBC shares with eight other Maryland public universities. Opportunities for her and other UMBC-Shady Grove students are expanding even further today with the opening of a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility on the popular campus.

Flores ’21 is one of the first students to pursue UMBC’s new degree in translational life sciences technology (TSLT), launched at Shady Grove this fall. Fascinated by biotechnology, she completed her associate’s degree in the field at Montgomery College (MC) while working full-time in the cell therapy department at Lonza, a biotech company near Frederick, Maryland. She’s now enhancing her biomedical sciences knowledge and lab skills through the UMBC program, in a region with particularly high demand for biotech professionals. 

Exterior of the just-completed Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Facility at The Universities at Shady Grove. Photo courtesy UMBC-Shady Grove.

Access to state-of-the-art science

At USG, UMBC offers both the new TLST bachelor’s degree and a master’s of professional studies in biotechnology that relaunched exclusively at USG last year. Three new teaching labs in the BSE will greatly increase opportunities for students in these programs to develop their skills with state-of-the-art lab equipment, from liquid chromatography to bioreactors to high-end microscopes.

“Because it’s top-notch equipment, this is what they’ll see when they go work at a biotech company,” says Annica Wayman ’99, mechanical engineering, M6, associate dean for Shady Grove affairs in UMBC’s College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). “They’ll be more prepared for those jobs because they’ll already be familiar with the equipment.”

The fact that many disciplines will offer courses in the building will also help students prepare for the workforce. “This building symbolizes an opportunity to bring the disciplines together to address societal problems,” Wayman says, “and to discover how they can work together to address the biggest challenges.”

Wayman hopes the building will be a resource for companies in the area, whether that means project-based courses where students tackle real industry needs, or startups renting time on the equipment for their own projects. These connections would benefit students, too, who will get the chance to work more closely with biotech professionals while completing their degrees. 

Annica Wayman ’99, M6, mechanical engineering, is leading UMBC’s efforts to grow STEM programs at UMBC-Shady Grove. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

Blazing a trail in student training

The path that Jackelyn Flores took from Montgomery College to UMBC is one purposefully designed through a collaboration between the two institutions. “CNMS is a trailblazer in keeping our education programs up to date with the rapid pace of science and technology development, and in making sure students have the skills the biotech industry needs now,” Wayman says. “We also work closely with MC so the program pairs well with their very hands-on biotech program. We created this program to build on that.”

As she prepared to transfer from MC to UMBC, Flores found a supportive community that gave her the information and resources she needed to be successful. “UMBC offered plenty of open house sessions where I was able to meet directly with UMBC staff who answered all of my questions, and UMBC staff maintained active communication throughout the application process,” she says. “It was extremely reassuring to know that the school cared and was offering so much help.”

“The program at Montgomery College did an amazing job in helping me develop the lab skills necessary for the industry,” Flores says. “The TLST program is enhancing my lab and critical thinking skills while also reinforcing my knowledge of the biomedical industry.”

Informal gathering spaces inside the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Facility encourage interaction and collaboration. Photo courtesy of UMBC-Shady Grove.

Growing Maryland’s STEM workforce

UMBC plans to continue to grow its already robust STEM presence at USG. Beyond offering TLST at the undergraduate level, UMBC offers graduate programs in biotechnology, cybersecurity, data science, geographic information systems, and technical management. Additional STEM programs matching the needs of local employers are on the horizon. Complementing all of these are popular programs in psychology, social work, political science, and history.

“One of the goals of CNMS and UMBC being at Shady Grove is to contribute to workforce development for the state, particularly in STEM,” Wayman says, “The new building provides USG and UMBC the opportunity to greatly expand training students and develop the workforce in high-demand STEM careers.”

It’s working for Flores. “The BSE will open doors for students to network and become involved in the industry while establishing critical connections,” she says, like the one she has with Lonza. “I can’t wait to see what the rest of the TLST program has to offer.”