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:
The Northeastern MD Technology Council (NMTC) celebrates the 5th anniversary of its most popular program, Science Cafes.
Press release NMTC-Science-Cafe-5th-Anniversary-Release160121.pdf 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 nmtc.org. for further details on upcoming events.
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.
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