2017 Visionary Honorees

A select group of Marylanders received the prestigious Visionary Award on February 23, 2017, for their contributions to the advancement of STEM education and technology. The ceremony, at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD, now in its sixth year, was attended by 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 Parker. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”

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VISIONARY Award – Significant contributions to the well-being of our total community displayed as a personal commitment to the advancement of STEM Education or Technology & Innovation with demonstrated qualities of enlightened leadership over a remarkable period of time.
LEADER Award – Acknowledging the individual’s steadfast, consistent contribution to the advancement of STEM Education or Technology & Innovation in a public way while inspiring others to help in accomplishing shared goals.
INNOVATOR Award – Recognizes exceptional personal efforts in development and implementation of innovative program(s) measurably benefiting STEM Education or Technology & Innovation with the potential for broad positive impact in the community. MENTOR Award – One who consistently goes above and beyond in volunteering their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom to stimulate and inspire greatness in students, teachers or organization protégés?
RISING STAR Award – One who demonstrated, in a bold way, the potential to be an excellent, long-term contributor to STEM Education or Technology & Innovation

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BOTTOM ROW
Joan Michel Leader Founder/Owner Profile Partners, Inc.
Dr. Veronica Dougherty Innovator Chair, Sciences and Engineering, Cecil College
Dr. Mary Bolt Visionary President Cecil College
Jacqueline Wilson Rising Star Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Cecil College
Marlene Lieb Innovator Assistant Vice President (retired), Harford Community College

MIDDLE ROW
Scott English Innovator Forester APG Directorate of Public Works
Alison Baranowski Rising Star Master Teacher Harford County Public Schools
Dick Schwanke Mentor President Senior Science Society at Harford Community College Anne Marie Baumann Mentor Teacher Cecil County Public Schools
John Nierwinski Mentor Operations Research Analyst, APG Materiel Systems Analysis Activity

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Jerry Crabb Rising Star STEM Program Coordinator, APG Research Development and Engineering Command
Dr. Ebony Roper Mentor Professor of Chemistry Cecil College
Dr. Patrick McNutt Leader Research Scientist APG Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Dr. John Suarez Leader Research electronics engineer APG Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center

Academy of Visionary Awards Announces 2017 Honorees

Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Named Visionary Award Winners for 2017

Fourteen Marylander’s To Be honored at February 23, 2017 Ceremony
Havre d Grace, MD ― A select group of Marylander’s will receive the prestigious Visionary Award on February 23, 2017, for their contributions to the advancement of STEM education and technology advancement. The ceremony, at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD, now in its sixth year, is typically attended by more than 250 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 Parker. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”

The 2017 Visionary Award winners are:

    • Visionary: Dr. Mary Way Bolt, President, Cecil College.
    • Leader: Joan Michel, Managing Partner, Profile Partners
    • Leader: Dr. Patrick McNutt, Principal Investigator, Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
    • Leader: Dr. John Suarez, Senior Research Engineer, Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center
    • Innovator: Dr. Veronica Dougherty, Chair, Sciences and Engineering, Cecil College
    • Innovator: Scott English, Forester, Directorate of Public Works at Aberdeen Proving Ground
    • Innovator: Marlene Lieb, Associate Vice President (retired), Harford Community College
    • Mentor: Anne Marie Baumann, Lead Teacher, Cecil County Public Schools.
    • Mentor: John Nierwinski, Operations Research Analyst & Adjunct Professor, Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity and Florida Institute of Technology
    • Mentor: Dr. Ebony Roper, Professor of Chemistry, Cecil College
    • Mentor: Dick Schwanke, President, Senior Science Society at Harford Community College
    • Rising Star: Alison Baranowski, Master Teacher, Harford County Public Schools
    • Rising Star: Jerry Crabb, STEM Program Coordinator, Army Research Development and Engineering Command
    • Rising Star: Jacqueline Wilson, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Cecil College

“We are grateful to these individuals for helping our region grow to the next level. Northern Maryland has 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 fast growing technology council, connecting collaborative leaders in Academia,  Industry and the Federal Government to build a STEM educated workforce and advance innovation & technology growth to better the economy of our region and protect our national security.

TECH CONN3CT Excites Members with Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Realities.

TECH CONN3CT workshops familiarize NMTC members with specific tipping-point technologies, to expand their thinking and encourage/facilitate collaboration.

The 15 December workshop delved into the enormous potential of augmented, virtual and the blending of these two ‘realities’.

Rob Baltrusch, thanks for presenting the potential with these technologies with large scale Army drones, and details on the HoloLens

 

envision-innovation-solutions-logoThank you Dave Carey for comparing alternatives to the HoloLens and how the soldier benefits form these light weight visualization system

 

mindgrubThank you Todd Marks and Hank Hank McLaughlin for showing the potential of blending these two realities, and for setting up your creative Holodeck.

STEM Summit XIV Speaker Slides Available

The 15th STEM Summit, July 14, 2016, focused on education, particularly STEM education, as it is evolving at a fast pace to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

This STEM Summit explored these changes, and painted a picture of what the classroom of 2025 will look like. How teaching, learning, technology, and the physical space of learning will change over the next decade was covered in a variety of ways, by experts in their field.

Over 80 joined the summit to get these answers and learn that education is poised to undergo trans-formative change over the next decade like none seen in modern age.

STEM Summit XIV explored four drivers of this revolution in education: technology, discoveries about brain and cognitive science, innovative design of learning spaces, and entrepreneurship.

We highly appreciate and commend Joan Michel, President Profile Partners, for her extensive and diligent work in locating, vetting and inviting such high caliber and expert presenters, and for logistics support in preparing the venue, speakers A/V and all media.

Speaker’s presentations available at https://nmtc.org/stem-resources/stem-summit/

NMTC Visionary Awards Honoree Receives Prestigious Honor

The American Chemical Society named Dr. Sandra K. Young, an Army research chemist and strong supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach, as a fellow in a July 18 announcement.

Dr. Young also received NMTC’s Visionary Awards honor, for her work in STEM education and as a STEM student mentor at The Visionary Awards Gala, in 2013.

Throughout her career, Young said she has taken a personal interest in STEM education. She ran the APG STEM Center for the first two- years of its existence while teaching and mentoring middle school, high school and college students, and encouraging the continuing education of teachers. She has also taught an introduction to chemistry class for non-chemistry majors at a local community college since 2003.

The NMTC and the community it supports is proud of the work Sandy is doing and thanks her for her continuing years of service.

Local Girls Win ARMY Sponsored Science Competition

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County is proud to announce the participation of the 2015 Junior Solar Sprint team from the Windsor Valley Boys & Girls Clubs in the annual White House Science Fair, being held today at the White House.

Teams from around the region participated in the Junior Solar Sprint competition on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in April 2015, sponsored by the Army Education and Outreach Program. The team from Windsor Valley won first place and was invited to attend the national competition in Dallas, Texas, held during the Technology Students of America’s annual convention, in July 2015.

Originally the team had three girls, Adriana Pusey, Jordan West, and Kaylah Cain-Ward, sixth grade students at Magnolia Middle School and Club members at the Windsor Valley Boys & Girls Club. While at the original competition on APG, they were joined by Destani Cullari, from the Cecil County Boys & Girls Clubs. These four girls worked together to create 7 different solar powered cars–while making memories that will last a lifetime. They were surprised to receive the call last week, informing them of the invitation to attend the White House Science Fair.

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Dr. Dennis Golladay, NMTC Director, Retires

NMTC Awards Board member, Dr Dennis Golladay, at his Harford Community College Farewell.
Local officials, business leaders, College employees, friends and family came together to wish Dr. Dennis Golladay a fond farewell as he retires on July 31.

The celebration was held on May 18 at The Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace. John Casner, Executive Director of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, presented Dr. Golladay with a check for a $1,000 STEM scholarship. The recipient for the upcoming academic year will be chosen by Dr. Golladay.

Dr. Golladay has served on the NMTC Board of Directors from nearly the time he joined Harford Community College; over 5 1/2 years.

NMTC 2016 Mullins Scholarship Recipient

NMTC Mullins STEM Scholarship recipient was one of two students chosen to represent ALL the Harford Community College scholarship awardees at their annual Scholarship Reception, April 14, 2016 at the college’s Owl Auditorium.

Shown in the the photo, along with NMTC Executive Director, representing the NMTC Board of Directors, is the NMTC Mullins STEM Scholarship winner, Katherine Soltysiak, who will receive here associates degree in Environmental Science, this June.

Ms. Soltysiak is choosing between the U of Maryland and a college in Maine, to complete her bachelors program. We wish her the best.

Visionary Awards Honors 13 Outstanding STEM Contributors

A select group of Marylanders received the prestigious Visionary Award on February 25, 2016, for their contributions to the advancement of STEM education and technology. The ceremony held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD, was attended by 220 leaders in industry, government, and education. A special video highlighting the emerging STEM Clubs in the region was introduced.

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

The 2016 Visionary Award winners are:
Visionary:
Denise Carnaggio, Director of Community Education, Continuing Education and Training, Harford Community College.

Leaders:
John Mayhorne, Dean of Business, Computing and Applied Technology, Harford Community College.
Christine Zatalava, Stem Instructional Coach, Cecil County Public Schools

Innovators:
Susan Kipp, Parent Volunteer, Youth’s Benefit Elementary School.
Sarah Voskuhl, Program Specialist, Science & Math Academy at Aberdeen High School.

Mentors:
Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, Research Chemist, US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Greg Fox, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman (Retired).
Kelly Mangum, 4th Grade Teacher, Hickory Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools.
Omar Savory, Computer Engineer, US Army Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate Research and Development Engineering Command, APG.

Rising Stars:
Christina Bryant, Recruitment And Outreach Program Manager, US Army Test and Evaluation Command, APG.
Kimberly Bowers, HR. Management Specialist, Us Army CECOM Software Engineering Center, APG.
Nicole McKew, Strategic Engagements And Stem Outreach, Program Manager, Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center (ECBC), APG
Jan Stewart, 4th Grade Teacher And Science Facilitator, Hickory Elementary School, Harford County public Schools.

“We are grateful to these individuals for helping our region grow to the next level. Northern Maryland has 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 fast growing technology council, connecting collaborative leaders in over 200 industry and technology companies in building a STEM educated workforce and advancing technology growth to better the economic growth of our region and protect our national security.

Inventor’s Portal Launches – A First in Maryland

Download Press Release Inventor’s Portal a First in Maryland Release 19 Feb 2016

First In Maryland – Inventor’s Portal set to turn dreams into $$$$, for everyone who ever said, “I have an idea”!

Where do the ideas come from that become the most desirable, useful, and world changing products, services, or software? Actually, they come from you, your neighbor, a problem solver, a bored student, just about anyone.
On March 1, in Baltimore County, and March 7, in Harford County, NMTC is launching the Inventor’s Portal—a free series that is “specifically” for everyone. The NMTC created the Inventor’s Portal to encourage personal growth and economic opportunity and prosperity for anyone who ever said, “I have an idea!”
In the Inventor Portal series, subject matter experts will outline the process of invention, and give you fast-track steps and tips for converting your idea from concept to cash.If you have an idea, solved an annoying problem, or developed a process improvement, then this series is for you!

The Inventor’s Portal will inspire, encourage and motivate you, the inventor.

The NMTC’s Inventor’s Portal is supported in part by the Baltimore and Harford Counties public libraries, and in Harford County by Harford’s Business Edge; a non-profit enterprise that exists for the purpose of creating and maintaining successful business incubation and acceleration programs and services for area entrepreneurs by obtaining, coordinating and directing government and private sector resources.

Session 1 –: Have an Idea? What’s next? (Doug Zeisel, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures) An overview of the process of converting an idea into cash. We discuss the steps to take to move an idea from concept to cash. We will also introduce the following seminars.

Session 2 – Is your idea good enough? (Rob Meissner, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures) A presentation on what an inventor needs to know and do for determining if his/her concept is worth pursuing. Topics include: identifying markets, customer discovery, creating a value proposition.

Session 3 –To patent or not to patent? (Mike Oliver, Partner – Oliver & Grimsley)
Attorneys debate the advantages and disadvantages of patent protection for intellectual property and the alternatives to protect an idea from being copied.

Session 4 – Funding your dream – (Doug Zeisel, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures). How much do you need/ Sources of capital/ How to find $

Session 5 – Writing the killer business plan (Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development – TEDCO). The components of a winning business plan and how to make them sparkle.