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Press Release | Sept. 4, 2018

UMBC and National Security Agency Celebrate More Than 20 Years of STEM Education and Research


Collaboration helps provide talent, research, and resources to meet national security needs


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are kicking off the 2018 fall semester by celebrating 20 years of collaboration in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and research. UMBC and NSA's partnership helps to prepare students for rapidly-growing career fields such as cybersecurity, drive innovative research, support student scholarships and skill building programs, and provide real-world experiences in the classroom.

"UMBC's long-standing partnership with NSA has provided valuable experiences for our students, faculty, and alumni to pursue internships, careers, and collaborative research opportunities," said UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. "Through this work we are helping to address the need for well-trained cyber professionals by creating a network of talented people to protect the state, nation, and world."

NSA is one of the leading employers of UMBC graduates. More than 1,100 NSA employees have earned a UMBC undergraduate or graduate degree. Each year NSA invests more than $100 million in support of academic partner programs, such as UMBC, including educational grants, research, and student learning opportunities.

"NSA collaborates closely with academic institutions to cultivate deep relationships that benefit colleges/universities, the Agency and, ultimately, our Nation," said George Barnes, Deputy Director of NSA. "Our relationship with University of Maryland, Baltimore County spans more than 20 years and has contributed greatly to our national security mission."

UMBC is an NSA and Department of Homeland Security designated National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. With more than 14,000 sq. ft. of NSA research space on campus, NSA and UMBC collaborate on research in areas including malware analysis, data analytics, and computer architecture. Additionally, NSA is a previous sponsor of UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and NSA employees have served as visiting professors at UMBC.

UMBC is the first school to be highlighted as part of NSA's Featured School Series, which celebrates NSA's academic partnerships. Learn more about UMBC's education and research efforts with NSA.