USM to Host ACE Fellow, UMBC Professor and Department Chair Anupam Joshi

A UMBC Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair, Joshi to Shadow USM Chancellor and UMB President

Baltimore, Md. (Aug. 31, 2022) – Amid the early days of the fall 2022 semester, University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman welcomes Dr. Anupam Joshi, a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), as a 2022-23 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Joshi will spend the full academic year with the USM, shadowing both Chancellor Perman and Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 46 Fellows were selected this year (click here for the full list).

“I am thrilled and honored to be mentored by two stalwarts of higher education in Chancellor Perman and President Jarrell,” Joshi said. “I look forward to learning from these leaders and working together to make a difference for the students in USM universities. I thank President Emeritus Hrabowski, President Sheares Ashby, and Provost Rous at UMBC for nominating me for this opportunity and their support.”

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in U.S. higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. About 2,500  higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“The ACE Fellows program embodies ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of agile leaders to problem-solve and innovate, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Fellows continue to excel in prominent leadership roles, and the potential of this new cohort to bring strong leadership to institutions across America greatly excites me.”

Joshi is the Oros Family Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at UMBC. He also serves UMBC as director of the university’s Center for Cybersecurity.
Joshi is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. He obtained a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1989, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1991 and 1993, respectively.

He has published more than 275 technical papers with an h-index (measuring productivity and citation impact of publications) of 87 and more than 29,000 citations (per Google scholar). He has been granted nine patents and obtained research support from a variety of federal and industrial sources.

As chair, Joshi leads a department that is among UMBC’s largest in numbers of students and faculty. He has overseen a near doubling of the student enrollment at the graduate level and a 50% growth rate at the undergraduate level, accompanied by an increase in student body diversity. Additionally, he has worked with partners in the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement to raise funds supporting research from such industry partners as Northrop Grumman, GE, and Cisco. As a result of these efforts, the state recently announced the creation of a Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing at UMBC.

Joshi also directs the cross-college Center for Cybersecurity that brings together scholarship and research in cybersecurity from computer science, information systems, social sciences, humanities, public policy, and natural sciences.  In this role, he serves on the Maryland Cybersecurity Council.

He directs the Cyber Scholars Program (a joint effort between the center and UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology), a program creating a diverse cohort of next generation leaders in Cybersecurity and Computing.

The ACE Fellows program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad. For more information, please click here.

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

The USM comprises 12 institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and the University of Maryland Global Campus. The USM also includes three regional centers—the Universities at Shady Grove, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, and the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland—at which USM universities offer upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses.

USM institutions and programs are among the nation's best in quality and value according to several national rankings. To learn more about the University System of Maryland, visit


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