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UMBC and IBM pair up for day of talks and recruitment

UMBC ranked sixth in U.S. News & World Report's list of universities with a strong commitment to teaching and fourth on a list of the most innovative colleges and universities. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

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The University of Maryland Baltimore County and IBM are teaming up Friday for IBM-UMBC Day, which promises academic discussions and recruitment possibilities for the school’s computing students.

The first IBM-UMBC Day will feature discussions and talks by top IBM officials, including Michelle Browdy, the firm’s senior vice president of legal. Other talks will include UMBC faculty.

Topics for discussion include quantum computing, cybersecurity and blockchain. Browdy’s speech will touch on law, technology and public policy.

“The idea is for this to be an open event for our faculty and students but also broadly other people in the area,” said Anupam Joshi, professor and chair of computer science and electrical engineering at UMBC.

For years, IBM had invited faculty and students from universities, including UMBC, to its campus in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. This year, the firm is going to the schools’ campuses.

Duke hosted the first IBM day, and UMBC’s is the second.

“You know the kids in this area are in high demand,” Joshi said. “In some sense, it’s a chance for IBM to get their top technical talent and get all the students interested in their tech.”

IBM hires UMBC computer students, though local companies like Northrop Gruman tend to be more common destinations for students.

Previous efforts to hire UMBC students included recruitment events on campus, but the IBM-UMBC Day will offer students a chance to really hear from some of the top people at IBM.

“It provides students a chance to hear not just from the recruiter but from the high-level technical people in the company,” Joshi said. “Most of our students will typically be lucky enough to have multiple competitive offers. … Then the question is, ‘What excites me more?'”

In addition to the talks, there will be demonstrations of IBM technology and UMBC student posters highlighting their work.

There will also be networking events and IBM career coaching and resume reviews.

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