The Jimmy H. C. Lin Endowment for Entrepreneurship
Mrs. Anchen Lin, the wife of Dr. Jimmy H. C. Lin (1919-2009), a beloved, longtime Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a prolific inventor, made a gift to the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering in 2011 to endow a new fund in her husband’s name. The purpose of the Jimmy Lin Endowment for Entrepreneurship is to provide annual awards to students, staff, and faculty who transform their ideas into innovations through invention and technology commercialization.
In 2008, Dr. Lin endowed the Jimmy Lin Fund for Innovation and Invention within the ECE Department at the University of Maryland. The goal of his generous gift was to promote innovation among students, staff and faculty by stimulating, encouraging and rewarding the invention and patenting process. This fund provided support for the Jimmy H.C. Lin Innovation Award.
With her gift in 2011, Mrs. Lin followed Dr. Lin’s wish to expand the original fund and established the Jimmy Lin Endowment for Entrepreneurship. Through the Hung Chang and Anchen Wang Lin Fund, this endowment promotes entrepreneurship by supporting the following awards:
- The Jimmy H. C. Lin Entrepreneurship Competition Award
- The Jimmy H. C. Lin Invention Competition Award, and
- The Jimmy H. C. Lin Entrepreneur Internship Award
An additional fund was created to support The Jimmy H. C. Lin Graduate Scholarship for Entrepreneurship.
Each of the award recipients will be identified by the Chair of the ECE Department with the help of an ad hoc committee selected by the Chair.
An award ceremony will be held each year for the recipients of these awards.