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Towson professor named Innovator of the Year

The Daily Record has selected art professor Jan Baum as one of its 2013 Innovator of the Year award recipients.

The paper selects local professionals who have “created new products, services or programs that have improved their fields.”

Several items printed in TU's Object Lab, including a structural bracelet designed by Assistant Professor Joshua DeMonte.

Several items printed in TU’s Object Lab, including a structural bracelet designed by Assistant
Professor Joshua DeMonte.

Baum is the innovator who runs Towson University’s Object Lab, where the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing turns concepts into solid forms. There, students turn ideas for everything from busts to bracelets to biomedical aid into the tangible object instead of farming out the job to an outside vendor. Her work this year also led to an object lab at a city high school where students ages 5-18 can learn digital fabrication – turning concept into tangible reality.

“Towson is at the forefront of the 3D revolution in Maryland,” Baum said recently. “Our Object Lab is the only one of its kind on a University System of Maryland campus, and Towson students are honing marketable skills.”

That kind of groundbreaking education that mixes engineering with art fit The Daily Record‘s bill for an innovator of special import.

“Innovators make the extraordinary ordinary,” says a website description of the award winners. “They make the impossible possible. In many ways, they turn dreams into realities.”

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