News Release, College of Southern Maryland
During a visit to the Town of Indian Head on October 10, College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Maureen Murphy briefed U.S. Congressman Anthony Brown about the Velocity Center at Indian Head, citing it as a self-sustaining business model that is being designed as a space for innovation and collaboration for the college, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) and the community.
“This is an exciting project,” Brown told the group. “We want to see this area thrive. However I can help, let me know.”
The Velocity Center is anticipated to be opened during spring 2020, Murphy told Brown during a tour of the space. “Most of the space will be as flexible as possible so that it can be opened for robotics events and hackathons, maker space for the community, and some dedicated space for the Navy and flex meeting space to meet with contractors,” Murphy said.
The CSM Velocity Center at Indian Head is a unique facility promoting collaboration between CSM and the NSWC IHEODTD. Its purpose is to provide professional development for Navy scientists, engineers and employees to enhance the retention of talent, offer opportunities for entrepreneurship and experimentation, recruit young talent, and build goodwill among the community outside the gate of NSWC IHEODTD.
The CSM Velocity Center will dedicate space for Navy research, ideation, and design supporting small learning workshops and seminars, vendors’ showcases, and use of visualization tools while maximizing the technology transfer of dual-use technologies and supporting educational partnerships.
Within this space, CSM will also host classes such as computer-aided design, cybersecurity, digital photography, drones/small unmanned aircraft systems, governmental procurement, social entrepreneurship, and tech transfer entrepreneurship among others.