Alumnae Selected for NSF Innovation Corps

Lily Bengfort, Karuna Joshi and Yelena Yesha
Lily Bengfort, Karuna Joshi & Yelena Yesha

The team of UMBC computer science professor Yelena Yesha and alumnae Karuna Joshi M.S. ’99, Ph.D. ’12, computer science, and Lily Bengfort ’93, English, has been selected for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program for April.

The NSF I-Corps is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects. Combining experience and guidance from established entrepreneurs with a targeted curriculum, I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.

The UMBC group’s focus is on “cloud based broker services which will allow organizations, like federal agencies, to discover and acquire cloud services that match their data, security and compliance needs,” said Dr. Joshi, who explained the group will also be looking at commercial feasibility. Learn more about the project here.

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