The University of Maryland is set to open an 8,000 square feet Discovery Center in Crystal City at 241 18th St. South.
The Discovery Center, which will start offering pragramming by fall of 2020, will hopefully open collaboration with Amazon.com Inc. as it establishes its second headquarters in the area.
“Amazon isn’t the only reason for the UMd.’s planned Crystal City center, though it definitely was a significant factor in the decision,” said Ken Ulman, the university’s chief strategy officer. Amazon’s arrival in Crystal City is set to bring in a larger innovation culture that will likely draw more other companies like it in the area.UMd. would be a part of a larger network of universities hoping to tap in the energy and growth that will be brought on by Amazon’s arrival. Other universities harboring similarly big plans include Virginia Tech and George Mason University.
The Discovery Center will provide a platform for academics, local businesses, and community residents to interact and exchange ideas. They will host symposia, lectures, and various events on various topics including engineering, cyber-security, machine-learning, and human-computer interaction.
Metro’s decision to extend the Yellow Line to Greenbelt will be adavantageous to the university as it will create a direct connection between College Park and Crystal City thereby making the Discovery Center easily accessibly for UMd. students and others.
“Amazon HQ2 is a regional phenomenon, and we are just a Metro ride away,” UMd. President Wallace Loh said in a statement. “This new space will help connect our flagship researchers and students with this emerging technology hub, fostering innovation in our growing Cyber valley.”
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