NMTC 9th Annual Visionary Awards reveals 11 honorees

NMTC Will Honor Lyle Sheldon FACHE, President & CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Havre de Grace, MD ― Lyle Sheldon FACHE, President & CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health to be honored along with fellow honorees at the 9th annual Visionary Awards Ceremony, in the Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood MD, February 27, 2020.

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System photographed by MidAtlantic Photographic LLC and Robin Sommer











Lyle Sheldon

Eleven Marylanders to be honored at the Visionary Awards for building our STEM educated workforce and advancing technology and innovation, to grow our economy and protect national security. This awards ceremony the largest of its kind in Maryland, is now in its 9th year. Attending are industry, government, and education.

“We honor remarkable people who continue to play key roles in areas of STEM education and technology,” said NMTC Board Chair, Claudine Adams, President/Founder, Bravura Information Technology Systems. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in our community.”

The 2020 Visionary Award honorees are:

Visionary             Lyle Sheldon FACHE, President & CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Leader                  Tamalene Imbierowicz, Prof Bio & Environment Science, Harford Community College

Leader                  Mark Mortenson, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Clene Nanomedicine

Innovator             Jill Orsini, Project Lead the Way instructor, Bel Air Middle School

Innovator             Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam, Founder & President, RPM Tech

Mentor                 Cathy Perkins, Technical Project Manager / Site Lead, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

Mentor                 Davlyn Williams, Technical Project Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc

Mentor                 Dr. Timothy Kluchinsky, Chief, Health Hazard Assessment Div., U.S. Army Public Health

Mentor                 Dr. Richard Becker, Research Engineer, U.S. Army Research Lab

Rising Star           Brian Leftridge, STEM Program Specialist, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Dev Command

Rising Star           Mikale Brutus, STEM Outreach Specialist, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Dev Command

“We are grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and knowledge. Maryland’s economic infrastructure is increasingly driven by emerging and complex technology,” said John Casner, executive director of NMTC. “These individuals understand this technology and share their knowledge to create the workforce for the future.” They will join the prestigious 100 + Academy of Visionary Awards Honorees.
Detailed information found at https://nmtc.org/nmtc-visionary-awards/

NMTC connects collaborative leaders in Academia, Industry and the Federal Government to build a STEM educated workforce and advance innovation & technology to expand our economy and protect our national security. Additional information at www.nmtc.org                               

iDisrupter Tech Talk, 3.3, 5G Revolution

5G networks will increase bandwidth 10X, releasing thousands of new, applications to converge, become mobile and usable everywhere.

Results once considered impossible, (driver-less cars) will create both unimagined opportunities and unintended consequences – join us to determine how you and your company can get ahead and get the edge on those coming later.

  1. Potential, challenges and business/ personal benefits of 5G, Brian Schromsky, Director, Federal Government and Public Safety, Verizon Wireless
  2. Communications infrastructure required to connect cities and communities, Rich Rothrock, Government Affairs, Crown Castle
  3. Wireless solutions with possible IoT and infrastructure relative to 5G, Sael Boga, In- building wireless solution architect,Vision Technologies
  4. 5G, Driver-less Cars “Alice (assisted) or Bob (autonomous)?”, helps to contrast and highlight infrastructure needs and promises of 5G, Brian Sadler, Senior Scientist for Intelligent Systems – US Army ARL

Happy hour with speakers, immediately after, with wine, IPA beer and cocktail foods

NMTC WOW, Wine On the Water, first using robot photographer for guests

NMTC WOW (Wine on the Water) deploys

(Havre de Grace, MD) Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), held its 12th annual Wine On the Water (WOW) wine tasting on September 4, 2019, from 5:30-8:30PM, and raised funds to support regional STEM education and STEM scholarships by entertaining guests with the latest in event technology – a mobile robot photographer and concierge taking and emailing photos while answering questions and polling wine drinkers on their favorite wine.






For the fourth year in a row, the NMTC WOW wine tasting was hosted at the stunning Seaplane Base at La Banque de Fleuve on the Susquehanna River in downtown Havre de Grace.  This facility has become the most popular place for weddings and large corporate events in northeastern MD.

With more than 200 registered guests, attendees included Mayor Bill Martin of Havre de Grace, members of the city council, senior leaders from Aberdeen Proving Ground, defense contracting executives, representatives from area technology companies, and other community leaders. All were feted with dozens of wines, many high-quality bourbons, a craft beer, and single malt scotch selections. When not sampling the many beverage selections, a continuous array of both German and French cuisine proved to be a fine compliment.  The 13th Annual WOW event is being set for September 16, 2020.

iDisrupter Tech Talk, 3.2, Re-imagining the Network

Re-imagining the Network
The Network connectivity of tomorrow is a transformation in the way we move critical data from where it is generated to where it is needed.

The acceleration of networked devices has become exponential, demanding a well deployed, well-planned connectivity strategy to boost network flexibility, efficiency, and velocity.


Defense and INTEL Networks

  • Physical network
  • Scalable & smaller, more efficient
  • Delivers ALL services – cloud, mobile, data, over new cost- effective architecture
  • Delivered through bigger pipes – 5G

Commercial and Industry Networks

  • IOT networks
  • Social networks
  • Crowd sourced threat sentinels
  • Software defined networks

 Global Networks

  • Political Networks
  • Financial Technology Networks
  • Global Development Networks
  • Pandemic and Bio-health emergent networks

The NMTC iDisrupter series are designed to navigate you profitably and securely through increasingly new and converging areas of technology, while ‘pulling back the
curtain’ on the rewards and risks of what’s to come.

GOLF4STEM 2019 Tournament announces winners

The 12th Annual GOLF4STEM tournament, held at Winter’s Run Golf Course, June 3, enjoyed the most perfect day for golf with near 70 golfers teeing up for the 18 holes. We again thank our tournament sponsor, Nextgen Federal Systems, and the other supporting sponsors making this a rewarding event, for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties and the NMTC STEM program.

See ALL PHOTOS at https://nmtc.org/nmtc-news/gallery/

Congratulations to:

The winners of the Drone Ball drop; Reva Oliver and husband Mike Oliver







Low net score and first place (59) –  Team MindGrub (and our Media Sponsor) of Todd Marks, Vince Sharps, Mike Laroque and Steve Gessner









Second Place (62), Team Nextgen Federal Systems (and our tournament sponsor) Daniel Sowers, Mike Faith, JP Lapps










Third Place (62) – Team SURVICE Engineering (and our Drone sponsor) Ray Hall, Jeff Foulk, Jordan Matthews, Clark Dutterer










Longest Drive (M&F)  – JP Lapps (Nextgen Federal Systems) and Kathryn Rosen

Closest to the Pin ( M&F) – Gordy Strauss (Towson University) and Kathryn Rosen

…and special recognition to the best dressed foursome,  THE  WINKY PINKY’S (Randy Siler holding his new, Pink driver)











Special thank you to SURVICE Engineering for again, providing their military drone for the exciting Drone Ball Drop, Here is the the start to finish where in the last photo, the balls are on the green… and number 85 is closest to the pin.




Drone Drop Raffle

Win This $495 drone, plus a $150 value, 2-hour drone lesson from Harford Communuity College, allows you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries.


At the June 3, 2019 NMTC Golf Tournament, a drone (compliments of SURVICE Engineering) will drop up to 100 balls on the tee at Winters Run Golf Course. The ball closest to pin wins the package. Once you register, we associate your name with a numbered ball in the drone ball drop pack. You win if your balls land closest to the Pin. Need not be there to win.

Purchase a single ticket for $20, or three tickets for $40. We are limited to 100 tickets as we drop up to 100 balls from the drone; or the number of balls equal to tickets sold.



DJI spark remote control Combo includes remote controller and standard spark accessory Kit (see details below)
2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera 12MP Still Photos/ 1080P/30 Video gesture and Tap Fly control
Flight autonomy with obstacle detection subject tracking from various angles GPS- & vision position-based navigation
Top speed of 31 mph in sport mode up to 16 minutes flying time
Up to 1. 2 mile control range control, edit, share with DJI go app

BRAVURA /NMTC 2019 Scholarships Awarded

Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Presents the 2019 “Bravura Women in STEM Scholarships”, totaling $20,000

Four qualifying young Marylander’s were honored with $5,000 STEM scholarships, March 12, at Bravura Information Technology Systems (Bravura)) head quarter’s location, Aberdeen, MD

A select group of Marylanders received the prestigious Bravura Women in STEM scholarship on March 12, 2019, by standing out, among 30 other applicants, maintaining a high GPA, presenting a history of STEM related activities that demonstrated a true commitment to the pursuit of a STEM college track, supported by  a written essay describing why the scholarship is important to applicant.

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Ms Claudine Adams, president and Founder of Bravura, to recognize outstanding full-time female high school seniors pursuing a STEM career in college, who achieved positive academic records and demonstrated extra-curricular activities in the pursuit of their chosen STEM field.

The Scholarships are open to all female STEM high school seniors in Harford and Cecil Counties and to family members of NMTC.  They are awarded based on their meeting the criteria of the Bravura/NMTC scholarship selection committee. 

Ms. Claudine Adams presented the scholarships to each awardee. Assisting her were members of her senior management team at Bravura and NMTC’s board of directors.

The 2019 Bravura Outstanding Women in STEM Scholarship awardees are.

Sage Leone, Bohemia Manor HS, pursuing a degree in Computer science






Emma Klepitch, Perryville HS, (NMTC member; her mother works for W. L. Gore), pursuing a degree in biochemistry








Vivienne Auvil, Harford Tech, pursuing a degree in computer science





Hannah Yamagata, Fallston HS, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering



Additional details are available at at https://nmtc.org/bravura-nmtc-scholarship/ .

NMTC’s 8th Annual Visionary Awards Honors 13

Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Honors Visionary Awardees for 2019

Thirteen Marylander’s honored at February 28, 2019 Ceremony, at the Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood

Havre d Grace, MD ― A select group of Marylanders received the prestigious Visionary Award on February 28, 2019, for their contributions in building our STEM educated workforce, and advancing technology and innovation to grow our economy and protect national security. The ceremony is the largest of its kind in Maryland, held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD, and now in its eight year. It was attended by almost 200 leaders in industry, government, and education.

“We honor remarkable people who continue to play key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of STEM education and technology,” said NMTC Board Chair, Michael Janus and VP/GM Battelle. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in our community.”

Highlights of the night were the unique use of trading cards of each honoree (and the two keynote speakers) that encouraged networking by having trade cards to get a

complete set – the winner awarded $100 by the creator of both these cards and the STEM Illustrated yearbook, Marco Ciavolino of enktesis.com.












An additional highlight is the much looked forward to tradition of our keynote speakers be the students themselves and why this awards celebration exists. This year we had what we called ‘Bookends’; two students with one representing their beginning journey in STEM and the other well on their way to a career in STEM.

They are:

Lila Dobry is a 7th grade student at Perry Hall Middle School. Outside of school, Lila helps design and build robots as a member of a FIRST Tech Challenge team that is heading to the Maryland State Championships. This past year, Lila was very excited to get her first paid programming job with Empower Mats, helping write sample programs in a new programming language to help blind and visually impaired students participate in FIRST Lego League. She is not sure yet which direction she wants to focus on; but is currently excited about the “Intro to Biomedical Sciences” camp this summer.

Sarah Patrick is a first-year student at the University of Maryland – College Park studying Information Science. She graduated from the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School this past May Sarah also completed an internship with the Project Management Institute (PMI) where she built a speaker database using SharePoint, PowerApps, Forms, and Flow for their annual events. She is currently speaking about her experience with the applications at various technical conferences such as SharePoint Saturday and Philly Code Camp.


Visionary Award honorees are:

Visionary  Claudine Adams, President, Bravura Information Technology Systems
Leader  Kathleen Kirk, DSA, Inc. – Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions Group
Leader  Susan Manning, Freedom Federal Credit Union – Community Liaison
Leader  Jamie Gurganus Ph. D.,  University of MD, Baltimore County – Associate Director Engineering Education and Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
Innovator  Martha Barwick Ed. D., Harford County Public Schools – Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Innovator Charles Nietubicz, U.S. Army Research Lab (Ret.) – Director of the ARL Supercomputing Resource Center
Mentor   Tracey Schreiner, DSA, Inc. – Training Lead
Mentor   Frank Mayer, Harford Community College – Adjunct Faculty Cybersecurity
Mentor   Wilbert Moultrie, U.S. Army Public Health Center – STEM Coordinator
Mentor   Carrie Kauffman, Battelle – Principal Research Scientist
Rising Star  Matthew Kiefert, U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Outreach Office Coordinator
Rising Star Caitlyn Byrne, MITRE Corp – Lead Information Systems Engineer
Rising Star Gina Fugate, MD School for the Blind – Lead Technology Teacher

“We are grateful to these individuals for helping our region grow to the next level. Baltimore, Cecil and Harford Counties economic infrastructure is increasingly dependent on the economic development driven by newly emerging and complex technology,” said John Casner, executive director of NMTC. “These are the individuals who understand this technology and are sharing their knowledge to create the workforce for the future of our region.” They join the prestigious, Academy of Visionary Awards, now over 100 members.

NMTC is Maryland’s fast-growing technology council, connecting collaborative leaders in Academia, Industry and the Federal Government to build a STEM educated workforce and advance innovation & technology to expand Maryland’s economy and protect our national security.                                 

NMTC Leader 2 Leader Social

Photos of the social found at https://nmtc.org/nmtc-news/gallery/

The Board of Directors of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council initiated its first Leader 2 Leader social to introduce community business, industry and commercial leaders to NMTC to NMTC and its board of directors, who are, individually, president of colleges and corporations, senior executives in our well-know businesses and former top senior leaders at APG

Asa  a membership organization we focus on building a growing economy, an expanding, smart workforce and the security that it will continue.

During the social, the NMTC is a diverse group of people with active programs in STEM education, advancing innovation and finding to new technologies – all strategies encouraging youth participation, asset building, and economic growth.

The  evening, meeting, with NMTC board members,  exchanged ideas, discussed areas of common interest and helped leaders get to know the NMTC.

We chose the Artist Emporium in Havre de Grace for our social, as the arts can illuminate possibilities in entirely different fields, from healthcare and transportation to agriculture and science. With the uniquely creative perspective the arts provide, we see a new angle we never before noticed, a new possibility when all options seemed closed, or a fresh outlook that bucks the trend of business as usual.

Interestingly, it is very close to the NMTC mission of fostering new technologies, and our vision of “partnering to build a technology proficient community where businesses, people and opportunities thrive”.

NMTC/Bravura $20,000 Scholarship program renewed for 2019

NMTC/ Bravura Information Technology Systems Announces

$20,000 in Scholarships to Women In STEM

The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), through the generosity and commitment of Bravura Information Technology Systems, and their founder Claudine Adams, announces scholarships for High School women graduating in 2019, and pursuing a post-secondary education in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field.

This unique annual program of four $5000 scholarships, is open to women graduating from Harford and Cecil County Maryland public schools, pursuing a four-year degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM), are awarded scholarships as follows, based on a rigorous eligibility process:

  • Two scholarships to graduating women from the Harford County public schools.
  • One scholarship to a graduating woman from Cecil County public schools.
  • One scholarship to a graduating woman whose parent is an NMTC member.

Eligible students may apply for these scholarships up to the deadline of February 15, 2019 on the NMTC website, at https://nmtc.org/bravura-nmtc-scholarship/ . These scholarships will be awarded mid-March 2019.


About our benefactor:

Bravura Information Technology Systems is a Woman-owned, minority owned, small disadvantaged business (WOSB, SDB) with a wealth of DoD, Army, and Intel community experience. They are headquartered just outside the gate at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Aberdeen, Maryland. Their founder, Claudine Adams, is the NMTC Visionary Awards 2019 Visionary of the Year Honoree, who receives this honor for:

Significant contributions to the well-being of our total community displayed as above and beyond personal commitment to building our STEM-educated workforce or advancing technology & innovation with demonstrated qualities of enlightened leadership to benefit many others, over a remarkable period.