The Jimmy H. C. Lin Fund for Entrepreneurship
In January 2008, Dr. Jimmy H. C. Lin (1919-2009), a beloved, longtime Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a prolific inventor, created the Jimmy Lin Fund for Innovation and Invention with a generous gift. The goal of the gift was to support an Innovation Award for ECE students, staff and faculty that would stimulate, encourage and reward the invention and patenting process, and help students, staff and faculty move their ideas forward through the complicated and often expensive patenting process.
After Dr. Lin passed away in 2009, a new endowment in Dr. Jimmy Lin's name was made possible by a generous gift from his wife, Mrs. Anchen Lin. Mrs. Lin made a donation in 2011 to the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering to endow a new fund in her husband’s name, the Jimmy Lin Endowment for Entrepreneurship. 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.
The fund promotes entrepreneurship by supporting the following awards:
- The Jimmy H. C. Lin Entrepreneurship Award,
- The Jimmy H. C. Lin Invention 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.