NMTC/Bravura Women In STEM Awards $40,000 in Scholarships

NMTC/ Bravura Awards $40,000 in Scholarships for Women In STEM

The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), through the generosity and commitment of Bravura Information Technology Systems, and their founder Claudine Adams, doubled the originally planned four scholarships to eight, seeing the awesome accomplishments of the many candidates. Applying.

The “NMTC/Bravura Women in STEM Scholarships” for 2021 is now in its fourth year, awarding $120,000 in scholarships.

This unique annual program of eight $5000 scholarships, was open to women graduating from Harford and Cecil County Maryland public and home schools, pursuing a four-year degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM).  Two of the awards went exclusively to a `student whose parent works for an NMTC member company.

Our Awardees for 2021

Name School Field of Study
Stefanie Matsen Elkton High School Computer science
Peilin Chen Aberdeen Math & Science Academy Computer Science
Erin O’Leary North Harford High School Chemical Engineering
Mia Seergae Fallston High School Cellular Biology
Christine Kim Patterson Mill High School Neuroscience
Ashley Janus Fallston High School Global Health, pre-med
Shraddha Pandya Aberdeen Math & Science Academy Neuroscience
Mikaela Truong Patterson Mill High School Biomedical Engineering

Assent of Drones at the Water Cooler

Assent of Drones presented by SURVICE Engineering and sponsored by Drone Mats. May 06, 2021

Whether these unmanned aircraft are controlled by a remote or accessed via a smartphone app, they possess the capability of reaching the most remote areas with little to no manpower needed and require the least amount of effort, time, and energy. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are being adopted worldwide, especially by these four sectors: Military, Commercial, Personal, and Future Technology. The designs presented by the SURVICE Engineering team are becoming capable of transporting up to 500 lbs.

Download  Mark’s drone presentation, (Videos removed to reduce download size) Assent of Drones by SURVICE Eng, May 06, 2021 reduced
Download Drone Mats (more links at end of page) HERE

A few of the uses identified for drones:

Aerial photography for journalism and film
Express shipping and delivery
Gathering information or supplying essentials for disaster management
Thermal sensor drones for search and rescue operations
Geographic mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations
Building safety inspections
Precision crop monitoring
Unmanned cargo transport
Law enforcement and border control surveillance
Storm tracking and forecasting hurricanes and tornadoes
and, multiple military applications.

Development of hundreds of more uses of drones are underway due to the multiple investments pouring into this promising industry everyday. Estimated to be a $64 Billion industry by 2023, with millions of drones in use.

Not for you? at one time, every innovative technology faced that, maybe even the wheel.

SPEAKER

Mark Butkiewicz, Applied Technology Operations Manager (ATO) for SURVICE Engineering, and now creating, here in Churchville, MD, one of the country’s most unique drone research facilities – SURVICE ATO at the Harford County Airport. It’s unique because it has its own, and rare to get, restricted flying zone for drones; it’s on the maps of the FAA and airlines maps, with this new facility supporting the development and testing of the latest in unmanned multirotor platforms and integration of custom payloads and autonomous technologies.

Drone Mats Landing Page https://www.geyerinstructional.com/stem/drone-mats-drone-landing-pads.html

Robot Mats Landing Page https://www.geyerinstructional.com/stem/robotics-challenge-mats.html

Very Awesome Very Short Videos

What are Drone Mats from Robot Mats and Geyer Instructional https://youtu.be/qPurB8D9qvQ

What can organizations do with drone mats from Geyer Instructional? https://youtu.be/Gaso05IgSIE

Drone Mats from Geyer Instructional: Why do you need them? https://youtu.be/4xfc0uyxthI

10th Annual Visionary Awards

NMTC Visionary Awards Gala Honors to 17, made more noteworthy, doing so in this unprecedented year of COVId-19.

Entire gala on YouTube (includes the drone delivery of Jeff Foulk’s Visionary Award, dropped to him, outside his office) at http://bit.ly/NMTC_YOUTUBE

Jeff Foulk, CEO, SURVICE Engineering, was honored as our Visionary of the Year.  Celebrated were Jeff and 16 fellow honorees at the 10th annual Visionary Awards Gala on April 22, a totally virtual, and pre-recorded, event this year. Ten years ago, Jeff’s father and the founder of SURVICE Engineering, Jim Foulk, became our first Visionary of the Year honoree.

Seventeen Marylanders were honored for STEM-educated workforce development and advancing our technology and innovation base to grow our economy and protect national security. This awards gala, the largest of its kind in Maryland, is now in its 10th year. Supporting this gala are leaders and contributors from industry, government, and education.

The 2021 Visionary Award honorees are:

Visionary             Jeff Foulk, CEO SURVICE Engineering

Leader                  Laura Cianelli Preston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
                             Professions, Harford Community College

 

Leader                  Kyle Rickansrud, Director of Technology Services and Media, Cecil
                             County Public Schools

Leader                  Tim McNamara, Chairman, Facilities Committee, Discovery Center at
                              Water’s Edge

Leader                  Andrew Renzulli, Supervisor of Science, Harford County Public
                             Schools

Leader                  Dr. James Morgan, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Cecil
                             College

Innovator            Todd Miller, Product Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc

Innovator            Dawn Grissom, Project Director, Harford Community College

Innovator             JP Lapps, Senior Vice President, NextGen Federal Systems

Innovator            Kim Sheppard, Chair Mathematics Department, Cecil College

Innovator            Mark A. Mears, Director, Facilities Management & Emerg. Prep
                           ChristianaCare, Union Hospital

Mentor                Amy Fares, Project Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc

Mentor                Erin Poole, Customer Service Representative and SharePoint
                           Developer, Data Systems Analysts, Inc

Mentor                Dr. Art Lee, Research Engineer, (ret) US Army Research Lab

Mentor                Sarah Wheat, Chief, Employee Development and Engagement
                           Branch, Army Research Lab

Rising Star          Kayla Ross, Science and Engineering Lab Coordinator, Cecil College

Rising Star          Jeremy Ruroede, Founder, SERRI Technologies

We tank our many sponsors for contributing to the success of this gala; especially returning sponsor Harford Community College, now 10 years.

Water Cooler – Digital Transformation of Manufacturing

Digital Transformation of Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Tech Transforming Manufacturing. Powered by data and automation, digitization is transforming every step of the manufacturing process, from supply chain and enterprise to the shop floor and end users. … By adopting and implementing smart technologiesmanufacturers can increase productivity, improve inefficiencies and further sustainability.

The buzz term is Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, and it’s about focusing on connectivity and communication. It presents a future where devices are connected so that they can communicate and make smart decisions, often more robot than human. 

OUR SPEAKER
Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D, is the long tenured President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of MD, for over 30 years championing the value of a growing manufacturing base in Maryland.

IiDisruptor Tech Talk 3.6

IDisruptor Tech Talk 3.6
POST PANDEMIC EMERGENCE:

Markets, Technology, and the New Now
(see below for downloads)

This iDisruptor focused on our country’s emergence festering from COVID-19, transitioning to the “NEW NOW” by Fall 2021, by showcasing the technologies, disruptive ideas, and having as speakers, forward-thinking leaders contributing to our emergence from the pandemic,

We again offer our thanks to these speakers: LTG (ret.) Bruce Crawford, former Commanding General, APG and now SVP for Strategic Development at Jacobs; Darius Irani, Ph.D. Chief Economist, Towson University and Sean Plankey, Deputy Asst Secretary, Cybersecurity, Dept of Energy (FMR), and for the expertise of moderator John Karabias, Vice President of Growth and Strategy for Jacobs’ Cyber and Intelligence business, adjunct professor of information systems at Loyola University of MD, and board member at the NMTC.

 

 

 

 

 

Download
iDisruptor 3.6 Presentation by Dr. Darius Iranai

YouTube Video of iDisruptor 3.6

 

 

 

 

10th Annual Visionary Awards Honorees announced

NMTC 10th Annual Visionary Awards

We are pleased to enter our second decade honoring those who help improve and create or STEM educated workforce.

The NMTC Visionary Awards, celebrates our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends for their volunteer efforts that contribute to building a STEM-educated workforce and advancing technology & innovation. The combination of the two provide rewarding careers for our children, expands our regional economy and protects our national security. This evening gala honors those individuals.

Our honorees are recommended by the Academy of Visionary Awards along with the NMTC Visionary Awards Committee – a very deliberative process and worthy of the contributions these honorees make continuously to our community. The Academy of Visionary Awards, this year, will be 140 honorees.

Our honorees are recommended by the Academy of Visionary Awards along with the NMTC Visionary Awards Committee – a very deliberative process and worthy of the contributions these honorees make continuously to our community. The Academy of Visionary Awards comprises 140 honorees, over the previous 10 years.

We thank:
Our returning Gala sponsor, Harford Community College
Theme Sponsor, Bravura Information Technology Systems
Platinum Sponsor, DSA, INC
Platinum Sponsor, Cecil College
Gold Sponsor, Discovery Center at Water’s Edge
Silver Sponsor, Towson University in NE MD

The 2021 Visionary Award honorees are:

Visionary  Jeff Foulk, CEO SURVICE Engineering

Leader Laura Cianelli Preston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Harford Community College
Leader Kyle Rickansrud, Director of Technology Services and Media, Cecil County Public Schools
Leader  Tim McNamara, Chairman, Facilities Committee, Discovery Center at Water’s Edge
Leader  Andrew Renzulli, Supervisor of Science, Harford County Public Schools
Leader Dr. James Morgan, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Cecil College

Innovator  Todd Miller, Product Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc
Innovator Dawn Grissom, Project Director, Harford Community College
Innovator JP Lapps, Senior Vice President, NextGen Federal Systems
Innovator Kim Sheppard, Chair Mathematics Department, Cecil College
Innovator Mark A. Mears, Director, Facilities Management & Emerg. Prep. ChristianaCare, Union Hospital

Mentor Amy Fares, Project Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc
Mentor Erin Poole, Customer Service Representative and SharePoint Developer, Data Systems Analysts, Inc
Mentor Dr. Art Lee, Research Engineer, (ret) US Army Research Lab
Mentor Sarah Wheat, Chief, Employee Development and Engagement Branch, Army Research Lab

Rising Star Kayla Ross, Science and Engineering Lab Coordinator, Cecil College
Rising Star Jeremy Ruroede, Founder, SERRI Technologies

 

 

Water Cooler- Three Magic Things of Cybersecurity

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Three Magic Things” of Cybersecurity”.
Download presentation:
Atlantic Data Forensics NMTC 3 Magic Things March 2021

On March 04, 2021, Brian Dykstra, CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics, Inc., with over 25 years’ experience in investigations, computer forensics, incident response, and secure network architecture and his company, an internationally recognized company handling hundreds of forensic investigations and data breaches each year for clients in the US, presented the most valuable tips for us to stay safe in the cyber world.

The basis for his presentation centered around Cyber Crime- one of the greatest threats to every business, and the pandemic has increased the threat 400% as noted recently by the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center- IC(3). The impacts to the financial health of the company, reputation, and ability to operate can be catastrophic if not handled well from the time of the incident identification. Brian reviewed some recent cases during the pandemic that employers have faced and how they handled the situation.

His solution is: “Be Proactive, Prepare For The New Threats”

  • Ransomware is an Evolving Threat that Now Exploits the New Normal Brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Organizations with Newly Remote Workers are at Heightened Risk
  • Enterprises can Deploy “Three Magic Things,” which will Significantly Reduce Their Risk of a Cyber Incident at Little to No Cost

Water Cooler – Fortifying the Home Office from Cyber Threats

Feb 04, 2021, 4-5PM, via Zoom.
Fortifying Your (Work At Home) Office From Cyber Threats.

The event was sold out, a combination of topic and speaker

TOPIC:
With all the news about foreign actors hacking into our most secure corporate networks, and spying on us through other media, we must up our game working at home to stay safe. Fortunately, the National Security Agency because of all these threats, recently released guidance on how to secure your work at home office from cyber threats.

Many of the helpful guide are listed below to download/

We thank our speaker:
Michael O’Leary, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Math Dept at Towson University, and author, Cyber Operations: Building, Defending, and Attacking Modern Computer Networks, who explained what the NSA recommends, how to apply them to your work-at-home-office, and why they are so critical to you, and your employer, even if your employer has already secured your office

Securing a Home Network

Updating and Upgrading Software

Collaboration and Video Conferencing Solutions

Securing your web browser

Multi-Factor Authentication

Want more? Do you have questions about mobile devices, social media, location data exposure, or identity theft?

Taxes and Covid, not Prepared?

TOPIC- Taxes $ Covid – Not Prepared?

Presentation available for download below. A caveat; the tax laws on Covid-19  are not all finalized, and what is offered here, should be verified with your accountant at time of filing.

Our Presenters
Basalmo, Stewart, Lutters and Ruth CPA’s in Bel Air MD are Certified Public Accountants and Consultants serving Harford County, Cecil County, and central Maryland, and specifically, many in our local defense and private industry. Presenting with be two of the firm’s principles; Margaret Ruth and Brian Lutters.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATIONS HERE:

a Secure Act client letter
b CARES act individuals
c CAA individuals
d CAA businesses
e CAA business meals 2021 2022
f CAA PPP2
g MD tax alert 01 06 2021 extensions

 

iDisruptor 3.5 Election Results Update

Our December iDisruptor, as one of its key topic areas, was the effect the 2020 election will have on COVID-19 government mitigation and financial markets.  

Our distinguished group of speakers forecast what may be in store for business, technology, and what politics may cause, in the wake of one of the most consequential elections in recent history.

Now this update, based on results from the Georgia runoff election, Democratic control of the senate appears more likely. here is how this may impact markets:

  • More fiscal spending may be more likely: passing infrastructure spending and delivering more COVID-19 relief via budget reconciliation. If they are successful, this could be good for the growth impulse (both in the U.S. and globally), which is good for equities, but likely to push nominal interest rates and inflation expectations higher.

 

  • Some taxes may increase to help fund expanded government spending. The corporate tax rate may increase, and treatment of capital gains and dividends may change as well, but likely won’t enter the conversation until late 2021 or 2022. This could be a slight headwind for corporate after-tax profits, but probably not significant enough to offset the positive impact from more government spending.

 

  • More stringent regulation is possible. Big Tech is already being scrutinized by the FTC and DOJ. Traditional Energy companies may face targeted regulation around taxes, drilling, and tighter emissions standards. Drug price controls are also more likely.  Tech regulation has been on investors’ radar for a while now, Clean Energy is increasingly gaining favor over Traditional Energy, and the conversation on drug price controls has been a topic for years.