Division of Innovation & Applied Research

The Division of Innovation and Applied Research serves as a point of entry for businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community members interested in collaborating with the University.

Dyan Brasington
With more than 30 years of economic development experience, Vice President of Innovation and Applied Research, Dyan Brasington, fosters the development of partnerships between business, government, and education that contribute to economic vitality of the region.


Formed in 2004, the Division includes a team of 70 expert researchers and technical staff members who, drawing upon their diverse strengths, experience, and unique approaches to problem-solving, create customized solutions that are focused on solving the critical issues facing Maryland's workforce and economy. We focus on four primary areas: