Current Companies

3D Flexible

3D Flexible develops a device that can print 3D electronics on both planar and complex surfaces at low temperatures, with a user-friendly interface. The company’s Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) system can be configured as a 5-axisFDM 3D printing tool for various materials and can be used as a 5-axis micromill.

Faculty Affiliations: Victor Yun, Laboratory for Physical Sciences; Yongzhang Leng, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Advanced Analyzer Labs

Advanced Analyzer Labs develops world-class X-ray-based analyzers for the in-situ, real-time measurement of both crystalline structures and micro-structures for product quality assurance and quality control.

AmpX Technologies

AmpX Technologies develops power electronic products for automotive, industrial and consumer electronics sectors. The company’s lead product is an electrically integrated onboard charger and auxiliary power module for electric vehicles.

Faculty Affiliation: Alireza Khaligh, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research

AquaLith Advanced Materials, Inc.

Aqualith has developed new material chemistries that enable consumer electronic devices and electric vehicles to spend significantly less time charging their batteries. These new technologies are safer, higher energy density, less expensive and operate efficiently down to very low temperatures. AquaLith’s capabilities significantly expand lithium-ion energy density beyond anything currently on the market.

Faculty Affiliation: Aqualith has licensed technologies from the University of Maryland based upon the work of Chunsheng Wang, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, in collaboration with Kang Xu, Senior Chemist at U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Dobbs Defense Solutions

Dobbs Defense Solutions delivers mission-centric IT, cybersecurity, and analytics solutions for government and commercial clients through the convergence of automation, innovation, and training.

University Affiliation: Erica Dobbs, MBA and a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity, University of Maryland Global Campus.

Engineering and Scientific Research Associates

Engineering and Scientific Research Associates develops a new respiratory spirometer replacement device to diagnose pulmonary diseases in both-children and the elderly.

GlycoT Therapeutics

GlycoT Therapeutics develops a chemoenzymatic glycosylation technology for the glycoengineering of therapeutic proteins, such as monoclonal antibodies, to improve their therapeutic efficacy.

Faculty Affiliation: Lai-Xi Wang, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

High T-Tech

High T-Tech make catalysts from combinations of cheaper metals that could still perform the same as conventional ones. The company’s technology could be used to make materials for catalytic converters in cars, emission systems in power plants, and a variety of chemical reactions that rely on expensive noble-metal catalysts, such as refining petroleum.

Faculty Affiliation: Liangbing Hu, Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Director, Center for Materials Innovation, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute

Inception Robotics

Inception Robotics is developing and deploying friendly, safe, and socially compliant robots in public places.

Faculty Affiliation: Founded by two former UMD engineering graduate students, Utsav Patel and Abhishek Kathpal. Dinesh Manocha, Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Distinguished University Professor, is a company advisor.


InventWood develops cellulose-based innovations that can replace commonly used materials, creating superior, lower-cost, and environmentally sustainable products. The company’s technology portfolio includes the very strong and tough MettleWood™, insulating wood, and transparent wood.

Faculty Affiliation: Liangbing Hu, Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Director, Center for Materials Innovation, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute

Maryland Energy and Sensor Technologies

Maryland Energy and Sensor Technologies is developing a new thermoelastic cooling technique that could eliminate inefficient vapor compression cooling in refrigerators and HVAC systems. The company is also investigating the use of its thermoelastic cooling technology for commercial use across multiple industries.

Faculty Affiliation: Ichiro Takeuchi, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering,Maryland Energy Innovation Institute

Microsphere Materials Solutions

Microsphere Materials Solutions develops high-performance, patented, glass-only buoyancy foam as a plug-and-play replacement for commonly used syntactic foams in undersea and surface vehicles. The company’s foam reduces overall vehicle weight, increases payload, and allows for the development of smaller vehicles.

Faculty Affiliation: Norman Wereley, Department Chair, Minta Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Director, Composites Research Laboratory (CORE), Keystone Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering. University Affiliation: Matthew DeMay, MBA, UMD; John Howard, Ph.D., Materials Science, UMD; Adi Edery, B.S.,Aerospace Engineering, and MBA, UMD.


MPLEX is developing a multiplayer, virtual reality tank combat game that also reduces the onset of VR simulation sickness without compromising player vision or game mechanics.


Pathotrak is developing a foodborne pathogen detection device that can detect pathogens in as little as six hours, versus the industry standard of24. Rapid, effective pathogen detection could save money on food recalls, as well as reduce the holding costs of food production.

Faculty Affiliation: Javier Atencia, former Research Faculty, Fischell Department of Bioengineering