Press Release – 2014 Visionary Awards

NMTC 2014 Visionary Awards Press Release
February 18, 2014
Contact John Casner,
john.casner@nmtc.org, 443.360.9132
Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Names 2014 Visionary Award Winners

Eleven Marylanders to be honored at February 27 Ceremony Keynoted by Dr. Nancy Grasmick
Aberdeen, MD ― A select group of Marylanders will receive the prestigious Visionary Award on February 27, for their contributions to the advancement of education and technology in northeastern Maryland. The ceremony will be held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Maryland, and attended by about 300 leaders in industry, government, non-profit, and education. Dr. Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

“We are honoring remarkable people who are playing key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of education and technology,” said NMTC Board President Michael Parker. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”

The 2014 Visionary Award winners are:

·         Visionary: Gary Martin, acting director of the Communications-Electronics Command, who was instrumental in forming the STEM Forum, a collaboration of government, industry and academia to expand the pipeline of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified students. His leadership served to attract key industry leaders to establish this regional STEM initiative to the status it now enjoys today – touching tens of thousands of students in Cecil and Harford Counties.

·         Leader: Frank Mezzanotte, former magnet coordinator for Harford County Public Schools, who was a major force in developing and sustaining STEM-related programs for the students of Harford County Public Schools of all achievement levels.

·         Leader: Suzanne Milchling, director of Program Integration, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who played a critical role in expanding innovative STEM initiatives that engage students and teachers with organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

·         Innovator: Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue, associate professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences at Towson University, whose work with Harford County Public Schools has impacted 15,000 Harford County elementary students and hundreds of teachers in the area of science, engineering and technology.

·         Innovator: Jeannine Finton, coordinator for the Harford County Public Library, who expanded the library’s LEAP (Learn, Explore, and Play) program to reach over 3,000 children and teens.

·         Mentor: Anne Shade, mechanical engineer at Leidos, who provided support and mentorship to FIRST robotics teams in Maryland and has served as a FIRST participant, mentor and volunteer for the last 17 years. 

·         Mentor: Suzanne Procell, quality manager, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who founded, formalized and coordinates the Kids & Chemistry program, that teaches hands-on chemistry concepts to hundreds of fifth grade students each year.

·         Mentor: Dr. Robert Lieb, research physicist, Army Research Laboratory (Retired), who has mentored numerous STEM students in the region and is a founding member of the Senior Science Society.

·         Mentor: Dr. Bill Prins, chief engineer at Alliant Techsystems (ATK), who has served on the Business and Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC) in Cecil County for many years

·         Rising Star: Dr. Ann Bizzano, director Public Relations, American Physical Therapy Association of MD, who has developed extracurricular programs in STEM and provided mentoring to middle and high school students

Rising Star: Carmen Kifer, chemical engineer, US Army Chemical Materials Activity, who helped organize the county’s first STEM Night, which led to the launch of STEM Nights across the region.

“We are grateful to these individuals for helping our region grow to the next level. Northeastern Maryland has grown and changed and our economic infrastructure is increasingly focused on research and technology development,” said John Casner, executive director of NMTC. “These are the individuals who are building the foundation for the future of our region.”

NMTC is Maryland’s fastest growing technology council, with over 200 businesses members who participate in networking, workshops, speakers series, and collaborative programs.

For more information about NMTC’s Visionary Awards program, and to see previous years’ winners, please go to www.nmtc.org.

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