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GAME OF DRONES POSTCARD 8.17 003 page 001NMTC TECHCONN3CT introduces the first in a series of workshops centered around the “Delivery of Things”. These workshops are designed to stimulate opportunity thinking and awareness of disruptive technologies that affect business models, military programs and student learning. Our bold intent is to inspire new economic opportunities.

As part of NMTC’s technology focus, this first-part series looks at a component of the ‘Delivery of Things” – The means, methods and mind, using autonomous vehicles, robots, drones; logistics, supply chain processes; guided by artificial intelligence with intelligent apps, to vastly improve everyday commerce and national security.

The Game of Drones will offer a panel discussion centered around the opportunities projected to add $82 billion to our economy in the next decade, from sector experts in the military, industry and academia.

In addition, experience Drones in action:

  • See military drone prototype quad-copters with payload ranges of 50-300 lbs.
  • Cheer on an abbreviated drone racing team as they navigate an obstacle course
  • Take to the skies yourself, with drone flying for those interested

We are proud to have these successful and expert panelists in their respective fields help you anticipate the futur::

MARK BUTKIEWICZ, MANAGER, SURVICE ENGINEERING. Panel facilitator, and manager of SURVICE Engineering’s Army’s drone quad-copter program.

PATRICK CARBERRY, EXELON – BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC. Manager, Technology and Data Analytics Engineering and Standards


ROB HOLMES, NVISION4D – INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, PHOTO REAL 3D ANIMATOR, FAA CERTIFIED sUAS DRONE PILOT. Innovating new uses for drones and flying DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Phantom 4 for 3D animation and Civil Engineering. Founder


HAROLD WYLIE – HARFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE – DRONE PROGRAM. Adjunct Faculty for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drone Technology Certificate (

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Topic: VR4WORK

VR has inched its way into significance over the last few years and captured the imagination of many. Until now, primarily used for gaming and entertainment, developers and companies have started to offer products and platforms designed for work within a HMD (Head Mounted Display). During this presentation we examined some of these offerings and saw what WORK might look like in just a few years.

Our Presenters

Scott Chaney Scott Chaney, VP of Corporate Strategy and the Technical Director at RTR Technologies. (see more below)

We start the the two presentations with Scott donning the required headset, then move to the immersed experience that shows how VR facilitates training in a manufacturing setting, allowing management to simulate different manufacturing processes in VR to perform trade off studies.  The same application of VR can be expanded to train anyone from surgeons, nurses, repair-people, office workers to car mechanics – just about anywhere repetitive tasks or accurate motions need to be perfected – it actually develops muscle memory

Rick Casteel, Director of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health. (see more below)

In the second presentation, Rick demonstrates the multiple versions of VR useful for management, conference and training tools, and compares Augmented to Virtual Reality. His presentation format uses VR platforms showing him on a large stage, presenting to you, the audience. He often uses these tools for hours at a time, viewing multple virtual laptop screens, from the comfort of his recliner.

More about Scott and RTR Technologies

Scott is the VP of Corporate Strategy and the Technical Director at RTR Technologies. For 20 years, he has worked in the field of simulation and software development. He started his career in the field as an engineer at NASA Langley developing 3D simulations for the International Space Station program. For the last 15 years at RTR, he has continued his simulation and 3D software development work in support of our customers in Customs and Border Protection and the US Navy. He is also the lead for

RTR’s commercial business development efforts. RTR has developed an application demonstrating how VR can be used in the training of manufacturing workers. This application also allows management to simulate different manufacturing processes in VR to perform trade-off studies. This VR application can be used to study the effectiveness of a manufacturing process as well as to train workers.

More about Rick
Rick Casteel is Director of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health. Rick has worked in health care his entire career, starting as an Orderly then a Nurse back in the early 1980’s. In the advent of Electronic Health Records in the 90’s, he turned his hobby of setting up PC’s for friends and family into a job and moved into IT. A lifelong Marylander he has spent his entire career in the Upper Chesapeake and University of Maryland systems.

His new passion is looking ahead at the next evolution in computing in XR technologies. XR representing Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Realities and how they will change work in the future. Rick runs the VR 4 Work Facebook Group and posts videos of his VR experiences on the VR 4 Work YouTube page. 

TechKey Virtual Talks, focus monthly on the latest things the NMTC Tech Team are learning that will help you to succeed no matter where you work, even working remotely.

TechKey Talks (virtual) give you quick, “Ah-Ha” explanations about the most important technologies, processes and self-help that sometimes perplex, frustrate, or make you hesitant to use. We give you the expert, along with their tips & shortcuts to help you master your world. It’s good conversation, and you’re invited. When in person, It’s over complimentary coffee and conversation.  Now being virtual, bring your coffee, and we’ll still have the conversation, and of course, you’re invited and your friends as well.

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Our members learned about using social media to keep their business in front of their potential customers regularly with some tips and tricks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

We learned about what it means to ‘do it yourself,’ but also grasp the value of having an “expert” guide you, so we can decide which avenue is best for our business.

Our Presenter
Kelly Jarvis, Changeup Marketing, offered her 16 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes on their marketing initiatives, telling their stories and importantly, making money. She is passionate about change, contagiously enthusiastic, and can’t wait to help your business, brand, or nonprofit find your place in the digital world. She’ll  help you make those changes you know need to be done, but aren’t sure how to execute.
Her contact information is:
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TechKey Virtual Talks, focus monthly on the latest things the NMTC Tech Team are learning that will help you to succeed no matter where you work, even working remotely.

Seven New Members Join NMTC in first half 2020 June 30 2020 768x994We welcome seven new members for the first half of CY 2020. They are Headquartered from Cecil County to Arlington, VA and represent a broad cross section of industries;  from telecommunications, banking, professional services, international consulting, DoD to non-profits, and range in size from 10 employees to over 300,000 employees.

They join NMTC to help tackle the big, concerning issues facing our community, to stimulate technology innovation and STEM workforce development, and importantly, collaborate on the large issues influencing economic growth of this region, and the security of our country.


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Ready for CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)?

June 17 TechKey was an informative session presented by the experts at Cyber Trust Alliance and CMIT Solutions on the latest details and updates on the evolving CMMC – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification as it affects ALL DoD contractors, their subs and others doing business with the federal government. They transmitted what is coming out of DoD, and translated it for you to know expectations for compliance.

Quick review of CMMC
It builds upon existing guidance ( DFARS 252.204-7012, “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting,” and NIST SP 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.”) by introducing additional standards (Five levels of increasing complexity) that transition away from the current self-reporting approach, to a new paradigm involving an independent verification process with defined risk considerations based on scope and requirements of specific DoD contracts (primes and their sub-contractors)

Our Presenters
CMIT Solutions support services provides solid IT support to small and medium-sized businesses, specializing in delivering enterprise-level support worthy of a Fortune 500 company – at a price a small to medium-sized business can appreciate.  With each office backed by a nationwide network of more than 200 locations and 750 technicians – from Fortune 500 backgrounds, they quickly scale big company support down to your business, user and device.

TechKey Talks, now virtually, focus monthly on the latest things the NMTC Tech Team are learning that will help you to succeed no matter where you work, even working remotely.

DOWNLOAD presentations here:

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20140614 cerdecThe NMTC Membership was updated on CERDEC’s I2WD programs, personally, by it’s Director, Henry Muller.

The presentation was detailed and revealing, and while the slides don’t share it all, the conversation shared opportunities available at I2WD.

Beyond that, they are willing to engage with the business community, to explore conversation around mutual benefit that serves to protect the warfighter.

Please download the presentation here

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