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New Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology Building Opens in St. Mary’s County

A major new academic and research building opened by the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland located at Airport Road in California, will emphasize autonomous systems and robotics innovation in concert with faculty and staff from the University of Maryland. State of Maryland leaders joined University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman and UMD President Darryll J. Pines at the opening of the new Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building, an $86 million, 84,000-square foot academic and research facility that nearly doubles the regional education center’s educational footprint. “The SMART Building is distinctive for being so important to two missions: on the academic side, allowing us to educate more Southern Maryland students, and on the research side, giving us the kind of state-of-the-art space USMSM needs to pioneer unmanned systems technology,” said Perman. The building “ushers a new age of education and innovation in a region that’s got so much to contribute to Maryland.” In the new classrooms, students will have enhanced access to in-demand educational programs—including some taught by UMD faculty—giving these students the opportunity to live, work and study close to home. Meanwhile, the innovation half of the SMART Building features a massive […]

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