NMTC Visionary Awards
The fourth annual Visionary Awards were presented Feb. 26 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Of the 16 honorees for these awards, half were from Aberdeen Proving Ground and half from industry, academia and non-profits. Since 2012, the Visionary Awards have been presented annually to exceptional individuals who meet the following criteria: remarkable people who continue to play key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of STEM education and technology.
Once again, this year’s program was sponsored by Harford Community College. Dr. Dennis Golladay, president of the college, serves on NMTC’s board and is a staunch proponent of STEM education. Speaking for the entire NMTC board, Michael Parker, board chair, says, “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”
Visionary Awards Committee members include Michael Seldes, Chairperson along with Denise Carnaggio, John Casner, Mary Doak, Dr. Dennis Golladay, Tim Jernigan, Sheryl Davis-Kohl, Kathy Kunda, Melissa Kuzma, Marlene Lieb, Barney Michel, Dr. Michael O’Leary, Ginny Walker and Jim Weber.
“Our nation’s security and global competiveness goals require highly talented STEM educated professionals. The Visionary Awards recognizes those contributing the most to help us achieve these goals,” says John Casner, NMTC executive director.
The highlight at this year’s awards was the video, created by committee chair Michael Seldes, which captured motivating comments from previous honorees. Many in the audience commented that it help them to see clearly the power of this community program to effect change.
This year’s Visionary Award recipient was Warren Mullins, VP of Battelle (retired) and a long-term proponent of bringing STEM education to middle school and younger students. As is customary, a previous Visionary Award recipient introduces this year’s recipient, and Dr. Diane Lane, Cecil College, 2013 Visionary, did the honors.
Prior Visionary Award Recipients include Gary Martin, Deputy to the Commanding General, APG (2014), Dr. Diane Lane, Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness (2013), and James Foulk, founder of SURVICE Engineering and founder/president/CEO of Chesapeake Testing (2012).
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ABOUT VISIONARY AWARDS
The Visionary Awards began in 2012 to celebrate our neighbors and colleagues making a difference in STEM Education and to Technology Advancement in our community. This evening honors those individuals. The ultimate goal of this gala is not to only honor those most deserving, but stimulate interest in, encourage others to support and identify areas where people in the room that evening and far into the community decide to support, STEM education. I95