Our Mission

The pad (prototyping and design) laboratory is a collaborative lab space at UMBC in the Information Systems Department. Our goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty, students and staff on applied and theoretical research projects. The pad is topic agnostic, but is rooted in the desire to address current social problems including accessibility, sustainability, and empowerment.  In the pad we frequently design and build innovative hardware and software prototypes, as well as evaluate existing technology.