MdBio Foundation and Tech Council of Maryland to Host ATLAS STEM Career Symposium on November 8

Symposium is Part of Initiative in Partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools to Drive Greater Interest in STEM Career Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

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    MdBio Foundation and Tech Council of Maryland (TCM)


Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) is a one-day college and career symposium hosted by the MdBio Foundation and Tech Council of Maryland, in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), the University of Maryland’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Elizabeth Seton High School. This inaugural Prince George’s County-based symposium is the third ATLAS event in Maryland, and is part of a larger initiative and formal partnership with PGCPS to encourage interest of high school juniors, seniors and college undergrads, who are typically underrepresented in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
ATLAS offers students a unique opportunity to better understand profitable and rewarding career paths available to them in STEM. By meeting peers with similar interests, making connections with local STEM professionals and learning how to pursue employment and career advancement, students get valuable experience as they prepare for the future. Participants will get to:
-- Meet STEM professionals from a variety of backgrounds and fields;
-- Talk about college, internship and career opportunities with representatives from local colleges, universities, companies and organizations; and
-- Learn about real world applications of STEM and receive advice about how to succeed in STEM fields.


University of Maryland, College Park
Van Munching Hall/ Smith School of Business
7621 Mowatt Lane
College Park, MD 20472


Saturday, November 8, 2014
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


9 a.m.-10 a.m.

VIP Breakfast (invitation only), featuring presentation of the 2014 Maryland STEM Education Leader Award to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Maryland STEM Champion Award to William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MdBioLab and TERPRIDE Spirit Bus Open to Visitors
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. College and Career Expo and Meet and Greet
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. STEM Career Panel
College Readiness Panel for Parents
1:45 p.m.-2 p.m. Raffle and Closing Remarks


Y. Maria Martinez, CEO, Respira, Inc.



William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland


Dr. Ed Eisenstein, Investigator, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research University System of Maryland
LaTara Harris, Regional Director, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T
Felicia James, Asset Strategy Manager, Utility Management Group, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Latresa Lomax, CEO, AgemO Technology, Inc.
Dr. Karen Long-Rowe, Principal Scientist, Emergent BioSolutions
Dr. Fatima Sequeira, Chemist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Donald Shell, Director of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene



Celia Baula, Manager, Quality Control Systems, Novavax Inc.
Gerald Carter, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park
Melissa Daley, Managing Director, Commethods
Dr. Jessica Gilbert, Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Rachael Harrington, Graduate Student, Georgetown University
Dr. Heather Kusnetz, Postdoctoral Associate, National Institutes of Health/American Cancer Society/Cancer Action Network


Elizabeth Seton High School
Tech Council of Maryland
Prince George’s County Public Schools
University of Maryland, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations


Anacostia Watershed Society
Bradley Site Design
Capital Business/Washington Post
Capitol Technology University
Emergent BioSolutions
Hispanic Business Foundation of Maryland
Hood College
Marshall Moya Design
MIRTHE/Princeton University
Montgomery College
Morgan State University
Parkinson Construction Company, Inc.
Phoenix TS
Prince George’s Community College
University of Maryland
-- Department of Environmental Science and Technology
-- James Clark School of Engineering Student Ambassadors
-- Startup Shell
-- QUEST Honors Program at the University of Maryland
-- Women in Engineering
Virginia Tech
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Young Women in Bio


Emergent BioSolutions
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Capital Business/The Washington Post

Venti Tre
WJLA, ABC 7 News Channel 8


To register, visit the MdBio Foundation website. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

About MdBio Foundation

MdBio Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective, and experiential STEM education opportunities with a focus on bioscience. The Foundation’s interdisciplinary approach uses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to explore real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school, community, health, and business. MdBio Foundation’s flagship education program MdBioLab, a mobile laboratory for high schools, has provided quality educational experiences to more than 110,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. The Foundation also operates other celebrated STEM education programs such as the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS: Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM college and career symposia. For more information, visit

About Tech Council Of Maryland

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Brad Wills for MdBio Foundation

Release Summary

ATLAS is a one-day college and career symposium hosted by the MdBio Foundation and Tech Council of Maryland to Drive Greater Interest in STEM Careers for Underrepresented Students


Media Contact:
Brad Wills for MdBio Foundation