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UMD and Appian Corporation Announce New Corporate Partnership

Appian Contributor
January 7, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, MD— January 16, 2013 —The University of Maryland (UMD) today announced Appian as its newest member of the Corporate Partners in Computing (CPIC) program. The program provides companies with several benefits for collaboration with UMD, including several opportunities for student engagement as well as the possibility to embark on mutually beneficial and collaborative research ventures with faculty. This program, in turn, enables UMD to gain insight into industry trends, learn more about what research corporations in the computing field are pursuing, and acquire feedback from leaders in the industry on computing curriculum and research.

“We are thrilled to have Appian join as a partner in computing,” said Dr. Samir Khuller, Chair of the Department of Computer Science. “They are a proven global leader in creating and developing innovative software, technology products and programs and they will provide unique opportunities to our students and faculty for collaborative ventures. I am sure this partnership will be mutually beneficial for both of us,” added Dr. Khuller.

“Appian is committed to driving software industry innovation,” said Michael Beckley, Chief Technology Officer at Appian. “Membership in CPIC presents an ideal opportunity for us to collaborate with many of the best minds in the UMD community.”

More than 3.5 million users around the world use Appian’s Business Process Management (BPM) software suite to manage, improve and modernize their mission-critical business processes. Appian’s market leadership is built on its technology innovations in ease of use, social collaboration, enterprise mobility and portable on-premise/cloud computing.

Appian joins other prominent members in the Corporate Partners in Computing Program such as Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Palantir Technologies, TATA Consultancy Services, Susquehanna International Group and Dante Consulting.

UMD’s Department of Computer Science is consistently ranked in the top 15 departments nationally. Established in 1973, the department has pioneered several research areas and has fifty accomplished faculty members. The Department is home to nearly 1,300 undergraduate majors in computer science and 250 graduate students. The University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) catalyzes research in interdisciplinary applications of computing and enables innovative collaborations among faculty from computer science, engineering, business, biology, and other disciplines. UMD’s unparalleled location facilitates unique research opportunities with federal agencies such as NIST, NIH and NSA, as well as local, regional and national leaders in industry. For more information, please visit and

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