Community Partnerships

Clean Energy Technology Incubator (CETI)

bwtech@UMBC South is a nationally-recognized life-science and technology business incubation and accelerator program that is home to over 35 early-stage bioscience and technology companies. The program is unique in its affiliation with UMBC and provides for potential collaborative relationships with UMBC faculty and graduate students, and access to shared scientific equipment and other university resources. The Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator@bwtech (CETI) ) is designed for early-stage companies working with solar power, wind power, biofuels, electric grid, and energy management and storage.

Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI)

UMBC works with the state of Maryland to support an annual college internship program focused on Electric Vehicle education. The internship program is facilitated by BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative. BEVI is a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington DC area (EVADC), a tax-exempt charitable organization. BEVI is a charter member of the Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, working to advance adoption of electric vehicles. BEVI also works with regional, national, and global stakeholders to advance transportation electrification, including the role of electric vehicles in smart city infrastructure, connected vehicles, grid function and energy management.

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

JCET was formed under a Cooperative agreement between the Earth Science Division of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1995. The JCET family consists of its business staff, students, research faculty, GSFC Sponsors, appointed fellows and affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty. JCET’s major academic contribution to UMBC include the leadership in the formation of UMBC’s Atmospheric Physics Program and substantial contribution to the Geography and Environmental Systems Program.

OCA Mocha

OCA Mocha is a shared, multi-purpose space that fosters ongoing engagement between UMBC and its neighboring communities and promotes economic development in southwestern Baltimore County. OCA — Opportunities for Community Alliances — will connect UMBC’s resources to neighboring communities, while Mocha — the coffee shop — will promote opportunity, collaboration, and innovation by attracting members of the UMBC and local communities. By fostering social opportunities and economic development, OCA Mocha will be a catalyst to create genuine symbiotic relationships between UMBC and its surrounding communities. Additionally,  OCA Mocha features Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company (CBRC), a local coffee roastery company, located in Crofton, Maryland.  CBRC’s mission is to create high quality coffee while contributing to environmental preservation, supporting the local community, and having fun while doing it.