Maryland missed out on Amazon’s new headquarters, known as HQ2, but the state’s flagship university wants to keep a close presence to the online giant.
The University of Maryland, College Park, will open a “Discovery Center” in Crystal City, Virginia, next year, the university announced last week. The university said the 8,000-square-foot space will “aim to foster innovation and collaboration among UMD students and faculty, Crystal City residents and employees, and alumni in the area.”
The center will help the university maintain ties with Amazon once it moves into Arlington, Virginia, President Wallace Loh said in a statement.
“Amazon HQ2 is a regional phenomenon, and we are just a metro ride away,” Loh said. “This new space will help connect our flagship researchers and students with this emerging technology hub, fostering innovation in our growing Cyber Valley.”
The university’s main campus is just 11 miles from Amazon’s planned site in Arlington.
The Virginia center will include symposiums, lectures and learning events from the university’s college of computer, mathematical, and natural sciences, school of engineering, college of information studies, and school of business.
Topics could include cybersecurity, machine learning, supply chain management, engineering and human-computer interaction, the university said.
Maryland had competed for the HQ2 in Baltimore or Montgomery County, but leaders still hope to get a spillover effect from having the site across the Potomac. It is expected to generate around 25,000 jobs in the area.