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:
Denise Carnaggio, Director of Community Education, Continuing Education and Training, Harford Community College.

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

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

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.

2016 Visionary Awards Honorees Photos and PR Release

NMTC Announces 2016’s Visionary Awards Honorees

Havre de Grace, MD. – What happens when you mix research scientists, computer engineers, college deans, engaged parents, and teachers? You get explosive applause from the hundreds of attendees celebrating this year’s Visionary Awards honorees.
On February 25, 2016, join NMTC and the STEM community at the Richlin Ballroom for NMTC’s Visionary Awards Gala. Celebrating with STEM heroes past and present, we will honor our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends for their tireless efforts to help the children of northeastern Maryland embrace, grow, and thrive with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Visionary Awards honorees are building tomorrow’s globally competitive, STEM educated workforce. They are encouraging our children to reach farther, think bigger, and dream boldly. Their students and mentees will be the people advancing new technologies, bringing innovations to life, protecting our national security, and expanding our state economy. This year’s gala honors these amazing individuals:

2016 Visionary Awards PR

NMTC Science Cafe’s Celebrate 5 Years

The Northeastern MD Technology Council (NMTC) celebrates the 5th anniversary of its most popular program, Science Cafes.

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It all began on a chilly night, December 19, 2010, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Bel Air, MD. Dr. Dennis Hiebert, engineer and mentor, shared his knowledge of robotics to a crowd of 40 community residents, youth robotics enthusiasts, and bookstore shoppers.

From that night, the NMTC has offered Science Cafes every month of the school year in Harford County, MD and since 2012, in Cecil County, MD. To date, close to 100 cafes have been held, bringing science in an understandable way to thousands of adults and high school students.
The value of the Science cafes, described by attendees and presenters, echo the compliments from many.

Attendee, Gary Martin, Program Executive officer for 1,600 member Army PEO Command Control Communications-Tactical at Aberdeen Proving Ground, shared; “The local community STEM programs offer a variety of opportunities within the Harford and Cecil counties. While most of the offerings are focused on exposing students to hands-on STEM experiences, the NMTC’s Science Cafes expands these offerings through intriguing discussions for students, parents, and anyone with an interest in gaining insights in a variety of emerging science topics. The fact that most of the café presenters are part of the local community, attendees also gain insights into the great STEM related research and work that goes on within the Harford/Cecil region.”

Presenter, David A. Vanko, Ph.D., Dean, Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University, said:
“I was pleased and honored to be invited to present a Science Café talk about earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing. What impressed me the most was the enthusiasm and the wide age range of the attendees. Everyone, from retirees to a large number of local high school and college students, gave me a very warm welcome and asked a lot of interesting questions. Kudos to the Northeastern MD Tech Council for administering such a valuable program for the community!”

Dr. Nina Lamba, NMTC Board Member and NMTC Science Café founder drew inspiration for the Science Cafes from the grassroots movements around the world, including the Science Pubs in the UK. A Science Café is an informal event; a venue for scientists to talk about their work with the general public. “Our format has evolved – we invite our expert to present for about 30-35 minutes on a chosen topic, using language appropriate for a non-scientist adult. The audience is then invited to ask their questions. Since each Café we hold draws a wide variety of people, their questions lead to some great discussions.

Science Cafes are usually held towards the end of the month. Check for further details on upcoming events.

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NMTC Hosts ARL’s Tech Transfer Office

NMTC continued the conversation of ARL’s recent Open House and ARL’s Open Campus initiative that was was viewed by over 700 visitors.

Members Learned about new ideas coming from our speaker’s Tech Team office, and, changes to the tools available to you such as collaborative endeavors through Open Campus, that include: Cooperative Agreements, Educational Partnership Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, more commonly referred to as CRADAs. Also, ARL’s new campus in Southern CA, opening April 2016

Mr. Tom Mulkern, our speaker,  currently leads the Technology Transfer Team at ARL. He is responsible for directing Technology Transfer Programs that include; Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), Patent License Agreements (PLA), Test Service Agreement (TSA), Manufacturing Technology (MANTECH) program, and International Cooperative Research, Development, and Acquisition (ICRDA) programs that support the ARL technology portfolio.

Participating in the discussion were members of the U of Delaware, Harford Community College and numerous defense contractors, including 6 members of the NMTC Board.

Download Mr Mulkern’s presentation here. Due to it’s extensive file size, it’s divided into thee parts, so please download all three to see the entire presentation.

ARL Tech Transfer,Pages 1-5
ARL Tech Transfer, pages 6-12
ARL Tech Transfer, pages 13-18


NMTC Hosts Its 13th STEM Summit

The NMTC hosted its 13th STEM Summit, 13 November, at the Towson University-NE campus, with attendance of about 70, including key leadership at APG, and presenters form our academic partners; Cecil, Baltimore and Harford Counties Public Schools,and UMBC.

The focus, as always, was how we continue to build our STEM student pipeline, along with  improving student performance and participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects. This summit discussed the “t” in STEM, exploring technology in education – both what technology education is being offered in schools, and how technology is used in the STEM classroom. Full details of the proceedings may be downloaded at

NMTC Appoints New Board Members

 Download press release  Three New Directors Appointed To The NMTC Board, Oct 2015

October 15, 2015 John Casner, Executive Director, NMTC, 410.638.4466

NMTC Announces Three New Board Members

Havre de Grace, MD. – NMTC, a solution-focused organization, connecting business, government and academic leaders in Baltimore, Cecil, and Harford Counties, announces the election of three highly experienced leaders to the NMTC Board of Directors.

Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Mary Way Bolt, Frank Cardo, and Susan Manning. “All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of our tech community. They bring talent, expertise, and energy to the council. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen our commitment to regional economic growth.” John Casner, Executive Director.

Dr. Mary Way Bolt, is the newly, elected President of Cecil College where, as Chief Academic Officer, she developed numerous partnerships with businesses and universities to support regional economic development and advance student success.

Dr. Bolt currently serves on the boards of Union Hospital, the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland (RAMP-MD), and the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory. She also serves on the Cecil County Economic Development Commission and the Susquehanna Workforce Investment Board.

Dr. Bolt earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Cecil College. She received her doctoral degree in higher education and leadership from Widener University. Her post-doctoral studies included the Harvard University Management Development Program.



Frank Cardo, has been an educator for over 20 years. During his career, Mr. Cardo served as a science teacher and assistant principle.

Today, he is the Instructional Coordinator for Science and STEM in the Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS). Under Mr. Cardo’s leadership, all five CCPS high schools are offering AP (Advance Placement) Chemistry, AP Biology and AP Physics. Additionally, he has designed two new courses, Honors Physics and a Research and Design course.

Mr. Cardo earned a MSA degree from University of North Carolina and a BS in Microbiology from University of South Florida and served our nation with the 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army. He also spent time as a missionary in Haiti where he built a Christian radio station. Recently, Mr. Cardo served on the Maryland Science Supervisor Association Board and was their 2013-2015 President.




Sue Manning is an established business development and relationship building veteran. She joins NMTC’s board with years of success in the financial sales arena working with non-profits. Ms. Manning and now serves as Business Development Specialist for Freedom Federal Credit Union.

Before joining Freedom Federal Credit Union Ms. Manning held management positions with AT&T Capital Corporation and Global Payment Solutions. Ms. Manning served as the Vice President of the Maryland American Heart Association and the Harford County Manager for the American Cancer Society.

Ms. Manning is very engaged with the Harford County community. She recently served as Treasurer for Women In Defense, is active with the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, Southern Harford Rotary and Co-Chairs the Military Affairs Committee for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.




About NMTC
Founded in 1991 and comprising over 150 member companies and organizations across Northeastern MD (Cecil, Harford and Baltimore Counties), NMTC is a catalyst for business growth where it: Advances innovation and technology – monthly programs as Expert Tech Meetings and Innovate Connect, that encourages potential inventors to fulfill their dreams, making new business discovery possible; Builds a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) educated workforce – programs like Science Cafe, STEM Summit, STEM Nights & Beyond, many of which are nationally recognized for their innovative solutions, these programs help expand the pipeline for STEM educated workers, and Connects Leadership – to exchange ideas and create solutions that drive the economy.
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NMTC Members get Expert Advice on Defending Their Cyber World

Wake up on one morning and your whole personal life and your family’s personal information plus your business secrets, are being circulated on the net. Dr Michael O’ Leary to the rescue!

Download his fact-filled presentation HERE

We were highly pleased to have national hacking expert, Dr Michael O’ Leary, author of Cyber Operations: Building, Defending, and Attacking Modern Computer Networks, present his vetted and practical tools and techniques to defend yourself online, at NMTC’s Tech Connect, October, 8, at the University Center.

Dr O’ Leary is currently Professor & Chairperson, Dept of Mathematics, Towson University.  Prior to that, he served as the founding Director of the School of Emerging Technology. Launched in 2011, the School of Emerging Technologies (SET) at Towson University worked to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative educational and research programs that address the development, application, implications and ramifications of emerging technologies

Dr O’Leary’s primary research interest is in the development of improved mathematical algorithms for the geographic profiling problem, which is the problem of estimating the location of a serial criminal’s home base from the known locations of the crimes. This work has been sponsored by the National Institute of Justice.

He is well recognized in the cyber world, having coached the Towson team to the finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) in 2010 and 2012; and coached the team that won the Maryland Cyber Challenge in 2011.


If you have a technical topic to share, please contact John Casner,or call the office at 410-638-4466


Eastern Baltimore County HOSTS NMTC CYAH

With over 40 registered, July 16 at Michael’s Cafe in Timonium got crowded, soon.

Both large and small companies showed up, including heads of organizations as DBED’s Workforce Investment Board, the Regional Manufacturing Institute, Technology Commercialization Ventures, Emerging Technology Center-Baltimore, and I95 BUSINESS Magazine.

Our next CYAH (Connects You Avickifter Hours) is the same location on August 20, and even though it’s summer norm lorchvacation time, many vowed to return and bring a friend, and Neil Davis, TEDCO, is coming back with more valuable tips for ALL businesses. FullSizeRender FullSizeRender 7 FullSizeRender 6 FullSizeRender 5 FullSizeRender 2 FullSizeRender 3 FullSizeRender 4

Well received was Neil Davis’s condensed presentation on how to make a Perfect Pitch for your business.

Even with the sudden entry of bar music, his voice carried well (working on this for next time, to see if they can over-ride the timer).

And always welcome, were two attending company’s who decided to become members. On top of that, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, former members up to a few years ago, also decided to re-new membership.

Thanks to all who ventured out last Thursday and thanks to System Source, Jack Underwood, for for supplying the bar food.(Jack is in the last photo, on the left, along with Dr. Michael O’leary, NMTC Board member and Towson University Director, School of Emerging Technologies )