Freeman Hrabowski

Biography

Freeman A. Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since May, 1992. A vibrant public research university, UMBC was recently named one of America's top five “Up-and-Coming” national campuses in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide. The university has special strengths in science and engineering education and research and ranks second nationally in research funding from NASA. It also operates a thriving research and technology park housing 45 IT and biotechnology companies.

Dr. Hrabowski's research and publications focus on issues involving science and technology, particularly strategies to ensure increasingly broad participation of underrepresented groups in these fields. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He currently chairs the National Academies' Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Science & Engineering Workforce Pipeline. He is co-author of two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds, focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science.

He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also was listed among Fast Company magazine's first “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation” in business and technology. He also received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and holds honorary degrees from Princeton, Duke, and several other universities.

A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, and a native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

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