Terps solving grand challenges
Join President Darryll Pines, Provost Jennifer Rice, and other distinguished speakers and guests as we introduce the new xFoundry@UMD programs.
About the event
Join us at the 2024 xFoundry Xplore Summit, where knowledge converges with innovation. Engage in discussions with tech leaders in AI, healthcare, and neuroscience; connect with political influencers; and celebrate the launch of xFoundry@UMD.

Explore the new programs at xFoundry@UMD and learn about the grand challenge we'll be tackling during our first competition, and vote on the topic for our second. Food and drinks will be provided.

UMD students will have a unique opportunity to network with our distinguished speakers in small groups during the event.

Space is limited for this exciting event. Registration is required for attendance, so RSVP today to secure your spot.
Date & Time
Friday, February 9, 2024
3:00-5:30 PM Program
5:30-7:00 PM Networking hour
The Hotel at UMD
7777 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
To request accommodations or other support:
Alison Waldman
[email protected]
Deadline: February 7
Event Highlights
Inspiring talks
Hear from industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries who have shaped the landscape of innovation.
Interactive experiences
Participate in interactive experiences that showcase UMD's innovation.
Unveiling the 2026 Xperience competition topics
Get a glimpse into the grand challenges in Chronic Care Management, Mental Health, and the Future of Work. Then, vote on which one students will be designing solutions for.
Networking opportunities
Connect with like-minded professionals, potential collaborators, and mentors who can fuel your journey into the world of innovation.
Speaker Lineup
Hear from distinguished speakers from across the university, tech, and business communities. Read the full list and bios >>
Dr. Lisa Dolev
Founder & CEO, Qylar; Founder, Center for Applied Technologies for School Security
Rep. Glenn Ivey (MD-4)
Representative, Maryland Fourth District
Dr. Christyl Johnson
Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA
Hassan Sawaf
XDir AI, Meta /Amazon/ Ebay; Founder & CEO, aiXplain
Stacey Shulman
Vice President, Network & Edge Computing Group, Intel
Dean Chang
Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland
Emilio Fernandez '69
Benefactor, E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory
President Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
Jennifer King Rice
Provost, University of Maryland
Chancellor Jay A. Perman
Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Rodney Petersen
Director, NICE, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Martha Wang
Assistant Director, Fischell Institute at UMD; Faculty, Xperience
Amir Ansari
Co-Founder and Executive Director, xFoundry@UMD
Hear from and network with distinguished speakers from across the university, tech, and business communities. 
Hassan Sawaf
Hassan Sawaf has 30+ years of experience in employing cutting-edge AI technologies for mission-critical business operations. He has founded several machine learning organizations in small and large tech companies that are leaders in their respective market segments today. The teams he started and managed are in Facebook/Meta, AWS/Amazon, eBay, SAIC/Leidos, and AppTek.
Stacey Shulman
VP Network & edge computing group, INTEL
Stacey H. Shulman is a vice president in Intel’s Network and Edge Computing Group and serves as the GM of Health, Education and Consumer Industries at Intel Corporation. She is charged with growing these vital vertical industries and the industry ecosystems. Additionally, Shulman’s team incubates emerging technologies, directs research and development and influences standards and policy in these industries that touch human lives. Shulman serves on the Executive Board for the Retail Industry Leaders Association and on the Innovation Board with XPRIZE.
Dr. Lisa Dolev
Founder & CEO, Qylur; Founder, CATS2 Foundation
Dr. Lisa Dolev is an accomplished entrepreneur, inventor, and thought leader with over 35 years in leadership positions creating cutting-edge security and defense technologies with social impact. She is one of the earliest pioneers in embedding continuous AI in complex machines and environments. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Qylur Intelligent Systems, a Silicon Valley-based technology company specializing in the fourth wave of AI-based autonomous intelligent machines. Dr. Dolev is also the founder of the CATS2 Foundation, whose first focus will be tackling the topic of school shootings in the U.S.
Chancellor Jay A. Perman
Chancellor, Maryland University systems
Jay Perman was appointed chancellor of the University System of Maryland in 2020. He came to the chancellorship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he was president for a decade. A pediatric gastroenterologist, he still practices medicine, teaching team-based health care to UMB’s professional students. Perman has held faculty and leadership positions at UCSF, Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Kentucky, where he was dean of the College of Medicine.
Emilio Fernandez '69
Emilio Fernandez’s colleagues credit him with having over-the-horizon vision and the determination to crystallize an IDEA into a practical solution. He pioneered development across various fields leading to dozens of patents. One of these patents defined e-reading devices and became the most cited US Patent ever issued. While at UMD he co-founded Pulse Electronics with classmate Angel Bezos. The company went on to produce electronic monitors and controls for the railroads and was acquired by Wabtec. Mr. Fernandez became Vice Chairman of its Board. Today Wabtec is a Fortune 500, NYSE listed company and the world-leading provider of electronic products and digital solutions for the Rail Industry.
>> Dr. Christyl Johnson – Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA
>> Congressman Glenn Ivey (MD-4)
>> Emilio A. Fernandez - Benefactor, E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory
>> UMD President Darryll J. Pines
>> UMD Provost Jennifer King Rice
>> Dean Chang – Chief Innovation Officer, UMD
>> Amir Ansari – xFoundry@UMD Co-Founder & Executive Director
Networking Pods
An exclusive opportunity for UMD students
Immediately following the main program, a select number of students will have the opportunity to engage with our distinguished speakers and guests in exclusive small-group-conversation pods. Students enrolled in our academic program Xperience are automatically assigned to a group. Additional spaces are available for Xtrapraneurs and other UMD students who are interested in making connections with leaders and potential future employers in tech, AI, and business during this event.

If you are interested in participating in a student networking pod, click the button below to fill out the interest form. Spots are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Inaugural 2025 Xperience Competition
Throughout Xperience, student teams will design their solution and pitch for the grand prize in Spring 2025. The topic for this year’s competition is School Safety, chosen by UMD students.
School safety challenge: Rapid detection and notification of an active threat on a school campus.
There have been 1154 school shootings since 2013. This resulted in 384 deaths and 827 injuries.

Rising Threat: The surge in school shootings
There is an annual average of 51 school shootings, more than double the average between 2008 and 2012. The rate of school shootings have been more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Solution goals
>> Software-based active shooter detection and mitigation
>> Ensure accurate notification to key members of command chain and students
>> Make system accessible to all schools, everywhere
Become an Xtrapraneur
Active members of our student organization gain firsthand exposure to startups, collaborative development projects, and the intricacies of venture creation.

This initiative offers practical insights into the world of startups and provides a platform for students to contribute to the inception and growth of innovative projects, connecting them with mentors and industry experts for valuable guidance. By endorsing this supportive community, we empower emerging entrepreneurs to refine their visions and thrive in the dynamic business landscape.

There are some cool perks that come with being an Xtrapreneur. Check out some of our Xclusives:

» Access to the IDEA Factory and the Xpress Content Studio
» Exclusive internship opportunities
» Opportunities for field experience on our Xpeditions
» xFoundry swag
» Graduation regalia

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