Innovate Fearlessly

At UMD, we cultivate a campus of fearless innovators to reframe and disrupt the norm to bring about change. By empowering students to reimagine the landscape, not blend in, we prepare them to solve the world’s toughest problems.

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Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes - and this time with a chaser

Today we want to hear from YOU how to reinvent the library in the digital age! Meet in the lobby at McKeldin Library, University of Maryland anytime from 11 - 1pm today #whatifumd

The WhatIF session tomorrow is about Reinventing the Library. Join the Academy and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland TOMORROW to brainstorm what a library should be in the digital age!

McKeldin has a makerspace and 3D printers!


RT @UMDLibraries: How would you reinvent the library in the digital age? Stop by McKeldin at 11am tomorrow & share your ideas with @Innovat… - 18 hours ago

TODAY join UMD's Academy & McKeldin Library to brainstorm what a library should be in the digital age #UMDspark - 19 hours ago

Let's reinvent the library! Tomorrow 11am - 1pm in the McKeldin lobby @UMDLibraries #whatifumd - 2 days ago

Getting ready for the Voices of Social Change Richard Saul Wurman Q&A! - 3 days ago

Every corner of our campus, from the sciences and humanities to research and business, is committed to launching Fearless Ideas.


Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE)

AIE was launched by UMD President Wallace Loh in 2013 and charged with engaging all 35,000+ of our students in innovation & entrepreneurship to prepare them to tackle the world's toughest problems.

Skills our students gain -

Our students completely reimagine the landscape by developing deep empathy for potential stakeholders, reframing problems, and trying unexpected & game-changing solutions.

Who we are -

Operating directly out of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, our core team is multi-disciplinary, creative and has a “bias to yes” attitude. We collaborate with the Deans from every school and college as well as an extended team of I&E-related programs & departments across campus that are passionate about creating innovation opportunities for all students.

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The Academy builds upon an incredible foundation of entrepreneurial courses and programs built over 25 years.