Dr. Martha Connolly

Applied Biomedical Engineering

Current Courses

Personal Bio

Martha J. Connolly, Ph.D.



Dr. Connolly is a past director in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Connolly holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.  She was a research faculty member at Johns Hopkins, and later an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  She is the author of 36 publications in cardiovascular systems physiology.  She is the former Senior Biotechnology Industry Representative for the State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development.  She also was a founder of an entrepreneurial technology development company, and directed business development at a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.  She is experienced in early stage technology commercialization, business development and economic strategies. She is the former Director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program which accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by providing matching funds for collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty.   In 2007, the Daily Record named Dr. Connolly one of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People, and in 2010 she received the President’s award from the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Biosciences Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on technology-led economic development.  Dr. Connolly taught graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship in the life sciences at the University of Maryland for 12 years.  Dr. Connolly was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2013.

Education History

  • PhD Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Work Experience

Adjunct Faculty, (Retired), University of Maryland


36 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Honors and Awards

  • AIMBE fellow (2013)