Seema Iyer, research assistant professor and associate director of the Jacob-France Institute in The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, is one of 16 faculty members from across the University System of Maryland to receive the 2021 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award. Iyer, a nationally recognized expert in the study of data in support of effective decision-making for community development, as well as the impact of the review process on real estate development and energy efficiency measures on housing policy, was honored for her work in the category of Excellence in Public Service.
According to the USM, the awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. The awards celebrate excellence in the categories of Teaching, Public Service, Mentoring, and Scholarship, Research or Creative Activity.
"It is rewarding to celebrate the success of a member of our distinguished faculty," UBalt President Kurt L. Schmoke wrote in a letter of congratulations to Prof. Iyer.
The Board of Regents cited Prof. Iyer's success in developing the University's Real Estate Fellows Program, which offers University of Baltimore students and alumni access to all aspects of the development process in Baltimore. The program features the Pitch for a Million competition, in which Fellows publicly present an original development proposal to select investors. The winner can be awarded a line of credit of up to $1 million. The competition has injected $3 million into Baltimore neighborhoods and has helped citizens become real estate entrepreneurs.
USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman praised the award winners, noting the unprecedented difficulties of delivering educational excellence in spite of the pandemic.
"It's an honor to recognize these faculty members, whose impact on their students is so profound. And while these awards recognize years of dedication, we know that the past 12 months have involved extraordinary challenges unique to COVID," Perman said. "Systemwide, our faculty have worked hard to maintain instructional quality under circumstances none of us wanted, and I'm grateful for that. But the efforts of these honorees are especially impressive and contribute so much to the USM's resilience and strength."
Each award carries a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation. The awardees were officially recognized by Chancellor Perman and Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden during the board meeting on April 16, 2021.
Read about all of the winners of the 2021 USM Regents' Faculty Awards.
Learn more about Prof. Seema Iyer.