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Diane LaneDiane Lane, Ph.D. Named Visionary of the Year
Eight Others Recognized for Regional STEM Education Impact

February 28, 2013 – Diane Lane, Ed.D., Cecil College’s vice president of student services and institutional effectiveness, has been named the 2013 Visionary of the Year by NMTC, the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council. Lane and eight others were recognized for their impact on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – education in Cecil and Harford counties at NMTC’s annual awards ceremony and membership meeting Feb. 28 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood.

Lane has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. She transformed a region by responding to the workforce needs spurred by BRAC and by developing strong transfer agreements with four-year partners. She is actively involved in launching programs for elementary and middle school students to build awareness of the value of education, especially STEM Education. As chair for the NMTC’s STEM Summit’s Student Pipeline Committee, she led the effort to annually offer STEM and Beyond nights at five middle schools which, to date, more than 1,000 students and 1,500 family members have participated.

Eight other recipients received awards and recognition for their work in STEM education.

Joe Wienand, technical director, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, received NMTC’s Leader of the Year award.  Wienand was honored for significantly advancing STEM education through helping develop, supporting and overseeing a structured, multi-faceted education outreach program.

NMTC awarded an Innovator Award to, a program manager for the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Doak personally negotiated formal partnership agreements with the public school systems for both Cecil and Harford counties.   Ms. Doak’s inspirational guidance is helping create the next generation of innovators and a STEM talent pool.

NMTC presented another Innovator Award to Marty Healy of W.L. Gore in Cecil County.   Healy’s innovation came from not one program but from more than a decade of innovation where he provided leadership for the Cecil County Business and Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC).   He matches Gore scientists and engineers with STEM teachers seeking classroom activities and real world applications. He has mentored students and supported Project Lead the Way.

Nina Lamba, Ph.D., president of CCL Biomedical, Inc., received NMTC’s third Innovator Award for 2013. As a member of the NMTC Board of Directors, she proposed and led development of its Science Café program. Science Cafés present scientific topics in an informal setting. The idea is to help the public learn how science and technology impact everyday lives, create a forum where fundamental questions can be asked confidently and to encourage parents to support STEM-related careers for their children.

NMTC awarded a Mentor Award to Dave Brown, Ph.D.  Brown has mentored senior students for the past five years at the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School as they conduct and complete research projects. For years he has volunteered with the Boy Scout program and coaches a FIRST Robotics Competition team. Brown is a consulting engineer for the MITRE Corporation and for the Institute for Defense Analyses. He also teaches graduate courses for Johns Hopkins University.  He is retired from the Senior Executive Service where he served as executive director for Test for the Army Future Combat Systems program and director for Test and Technology for the Army Test and Evaluation Command.

A second Mentor Award was presented to Sandra Young, Ph.D. Young is the Army Research Lab-Aberdeen Proving Ground STEM Outreach Program Director. When she came to APG for a post-doctoral research fellowship in 2000, she took an interest in the various youth mentoring programs within ARL and across post and noticed most operated not knowing that similar programs existed.  By coordinating networking opportunities, programs became more cohesive and focused. Under her direction, ARL provides STEM outreach across the nation, reaching more than 10,000 students each year.

NMTC presented a third Mentor Award to Ted Welsh, corporate proposal director for SURVICE Engineering.  Welsh helped craft the first STEM Night held at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Harford County.   He also proposed, nurtured and now supports the First Lego League and First Robotics Club programs at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Harford County. The school fielded six teams its first year, and five the next, with one team advancing to state competition.

NMTC recognized Kimberly Williams as its Rising Star of the Year. Williams is the only teacher in Cecil County qualified to teach Project Lead the Way, the biomedical sciences program at Perryville High School in Cecil County. An estimated 250 students have taken its coursework, filling nearly 500 seats in the four courses making up the program, and every single one of them was taught by Williams. She now teaches the program to other teachers each summer.

NMTC’s annual Visionary Awards are in their second year, and are designed to celebrate individuals making a difference in technology advancement and STEM Education. About 200 people attended, with keynote speaker Aris Melissaratos, senior advisor for technology enterprise development to the President of Johns Hopkins University, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and coauthor of the book,   Innovation:  The Key to Prosperity, stressing the need for STEM education to stay competitive in our increasingly global economy.

The NMTC connects the world’s most successful technology companies, growing technology enterprises, and government and academic leaders to accelerate economic growth and expand the STEM Educated Workforce in Maryland.  Created in 1990 and organized in 1991, the NMTC is Maryland’s fast growing technology council with more than 180 members.

The NMTC operates from offices in the HEAT Center, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen, MD 21001,

The 2nd annual NMTC Visionary Awards to celebrate our neighbors and colleagues making a difference in STEM Education and growth in Technology, is sold out. With over 23 tables of well wishers for the award winners, the gala kicks off this evening at 5:00pm with a private VIP reception for the award winners and their guest.

Top leadership at APG now confirmed to attend Visionary Awards Gala, 28 February: CECOM Commanding General, MG Robert Ferrell, Deputy to the Commanding General, Gary Martin and Director, RDECOM, Dale Ormond.

ess speaker dr patrick baker 1301102 300x225Dr. Patrick J. Baker is the Director of the Army Research Laboratory’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). WMRD conducts research in Lethality, Protection, and Materials and Manufacturing and manages and collaborates on multiple extramural programs ranging from basic research to manufacturing technology. The Directorate consists of approximately 450 employees with annual revenue over $200 million. Dr Baker’s presentation. pdfClick Here for the Presentation.

From 1995 to his appointment in May 2012, Dr. Baker held several positions in ARL. Starting as a bench researcher, he progressed through Explosives Technologies Branch Chief; Deputy Director WMRD, and Chief of the Terminal Effects and Protection Divisions. Dr. Baker also managed the extramural Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program on behalf of OUSD/AT&L/Office of Land Warfare & Munitions.
Dr. Baker currently serves as Chair of the RDECOM Protection Technology Focus Team. He serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Joint Munitions, Fuze Technology, and Insensitive Munitions Technology Programs. He is a member of the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for two High Performance Software Application Institutes. He formally chaired the TTCP Terminal Effects Technical Panel, the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technical Panel, the US Army Insensitive Munitions Board, and he was active or led several JANNAF panels and activities during his early technical career.
Dr. Baker started his career with the Army in July 1984 at the Ballistics ResearchLaboratory. After leaving in 1989 to pursue and complete his PhD, Dr. Baker worked for the University of Dayton Research Institute before returning to Army in 1995.
Dr. Baker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Baker has over 60 technical publications and reports. He is a recipient of the JANNAF PSHS Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award, an Army’s Greatest Invention Award, the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award. pdfClick here for the presentation.

lukeandwordsRSTEM Student Star: Luke Raymond, Rising Sun High School STEM Academy

Luke Raymond was the STEM student speaker for the NMTC’s Expert Speakers Series held June 14, 2012 at Cecil College in Elkton. Raymond is a 2012 graduate of Rising Sun High School’s STEM Academy and will study biomedical engineering at Drexel University this fall.

Raymond’s Capstone Project researched utilizing shear thickening fluids as dampeners to reduce back-plane deformation. He focused on a mixture of water and cornstarch, which under pressure, he explained, thickens and acts like a solid. He told members of the NMTC and their guests his experiments used a tower to drop a strike bar onto a clay witness, a standardized testing product to measure backplane deformation. When the shear fluid was in place, backplane deformation was reduced by as much as 50 percent.

Raymond’s project extended research being conducted at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where scientists are looking at the substance for use in body armor. He tested the substance’s ability to stop blunt force trauma, such as a strike from a crowbar or a bat.

He conducted his research under the guidance of Dr. Jeremy Fowler, PhD., from the University of Delaware School of Engineering and Anthony Pallanta, from the University of Delaware’s Wagner Research Group.

siteUDel’s STAR Campus to be Hybrid College Campus, Real Estate Development

The University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Research Campus in Newark will not be a typical college campus with sprawling quads and august architecture. Nor will it be a typical real estate venture with high pressure sales deals designed to get the space occupied expediently.

Instead, UDel’s Board of Directors has laid out a vision for “slow, careful development with urban type density.”

That’s according to Andrew Lubin, UDel’s director of real estate. He spoke to members and guests of NMTC, the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council at the June 14, 2012 Expert Speakers Series. The meeting was hosted by Cecil College, whose president, Dr. Stephen Pannill, is a member of the NMTC Board of Directors.

Lubin said the 272-acre parcel was home to a Chrysler auto assembly plant. UDel’s offer of $24 million was accepted by the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in 2009.

“Because of environmental and remedial unknowns, UDel was the only legitimate bidder,” Lubin said. “It could take 40 or 50 years to fully develop.”

The university plans to retain all land rights, but enter into ground lease agreements with private and public entities in the health sciences, energy, environment, national security and defense sectors.

Ground broke on Phase I in December 2011, with construction scheduled to begin this summer. Phase I will transform the existing Chrysler administration building and its environs into a space for health and life science teaching, research, and practice. Prospective tenants include scientific and academic entities including UDel’s College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Nurse Managed Care Center, Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, BADER Consortium and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance.

That 15-acre parcel is all that will remain of the original development on the site. The rest will be developed by the ground lease holders.

UDel recently entered into an agreement with Bloom Energy to lease about 50 acres of the STAR campus, where the company will manufactures an energy product called “bloomboxes” as well as conduct research to improve its product.

“Clearing began in December of 2011,” Lubin said. “The goal is to attract their vendors and contractors, and two are in negotiations. The University of Delaware does liquid fuel cell research, so this has great potential for a collaborative relationship.”

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