Mtech's Mission

    The mission of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, is to:

    • Educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs;
    • Create successful technology ventures; and
    • Connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

    Mtech has built a comprehensive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at the University of Maryland. Its programs arm top students from around the world with the knowledge of how to successfully launch companies and guide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs through the entire lifecycle of launching and maintaining technology-based ventures.

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    ASPIRE is a grant program for undergraduate researchers working with Clark School faculty on projects with commercial potential


    To find a project, students may approach engineering faculty whose research is of interest to the student. Faculty research interests can be found through the engineering departmental web sites. The faculty member will determine whether any of his/her research projects would offer an appropriate role for the student. Once the faculty mentor and the student have agreed on a project, then application process can begin.

    To apply, students and mentors must complete the two ASPIRE application forms, available below.

    The application MUST include:

    • the ASPIRE student application form
    • the ASPIRE Project Description form (to be completed by the faculty or staff mentor).
    • a student resume (including honors, awards, publications, etc.)

    All application materials must be submitted by email to Joseph Naft, jnaft@umd.edu. For best consideration for Spring 2023, the application is due by 4 p.m. on February 7, 2023. Spring awards will be announced February 16. For best consideration for Summer 2023, the application is due by 4 p.m. on April 11, 2023. Summer awards will be announced April 20. Students may contact any Clark School of Engineering faculty or staff directly to arrange a project application.

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