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.
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. For more information, visit www.nmtc.org
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.
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 After Hours) is the same location on August 20, and even though it’s summer vacation time, many vowed to return and bring a friend, and Neil Davis, TEDCO, is coming back with more valuable tips for ALL businesses.
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)
The NMTC CYAH (Connects You After Hours) began building a tech-centric meeting group in Cecil County, this 3rd Thursday of July, at Minihane’s Irish Pub. Despite tornado warnings and impending rain (yes, we got wet when we left), the response was impressive, with multiple members of the following organizations attending, listed below:
The CYAH, for over 5 years, has offered an informal forum where tech-focused leaders, innovators and growing manufacturing, cyber and chemical businesses in northeastern Maryland meet; many for the first time, to collaborate and discover opportunities.
The attending organizations eagerly discussed next steps to bring together the region’s (Includes Delaware) tech community to accelerate the growth of technology-based businesses and in building their much needed STEM workforce.