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Hughes Network Systems

Germantown-based Hughes Network Systems developed the protocols for HughesNet, North America's largest consumer satellite Internet network, with UMD ECE/ISR Professor John Baras.

Pavement Corporation

Pavement Corporation worked with civil and environmental engineering Professor Charles Schwartz on construction specs and a quality assurance process for the company's infrared asphalt repair process.

Luke's Premier Foods

Through MIPS, Luke's Premier Foods worked with UMES's Jurgen G. Schwarz on developing a facility for efficiently processing fresh heirloom tomatoes from Maryland farmers into tomato nectar.

TRX Systems

Greenbelt-based TRX Systems worked with mechanical engineering Professor Patrick McCluskey to ruggedize the company's NEON® tracking system for indoor, underground, and dense urban areas.

Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program Overview

Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships.  MIPS provides matching funds to help Maryland companies pay for the university research.  Projects are initiated by the companies to meet their own research and development goals.

Through MIPS, Maryland firms have the opportunity to leverage their research and development funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of the University System of Maryland.  MIPS matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by Maryland companies and researchers from any of the 13 University System institutions.

Amount of Awards

The maximum MIPS award for any single project is $100,000 per year for large and small companies and $90,000 for start-up firms.

Types of Projects

Research and Development

Research may be in the broad areas of engineering, computer science, physical sciences and life sciences.

Education and Training

Projects may also help a company plan and develop industrial training programs for its employees.