Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM
This event is geared towards high school students who either have an interest in STEM or want to learn more about this profitable and rewarding career path.
- Meet and network with STEM professionals
- Learn about college and education advancement opportunities
- Find paid and unpaid internships + scholarships
- Raffle prizes
- FREE lunch and snacks
- Parent/Guardian information session-learn about financial aid, colleges, potential careers for your students and more!
ATLAS | November 7, 2015
Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, is the former Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Her primary focus as a Technologist has been Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Nanotechnology, miniaturization of Technology for CubeSat and SmallSat space platforms. Currently, Dr. Ericsson serves as the NASA GSFC Program Manager for Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR). This SBA funded program enables small businesses and small businesses collaborating with universities, respectively, to compete for opportunities to solve selected R&D challenges faced by various government agencies within the United States. NASA’s SBIR/STTR programs are designed to foster entrepreneurial innovations while simultaneously solving critical NASA R&D challenges.
The majority of Dr. Ericsson’s 25+ years engineering career has been at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the Engineering Directorate.
She is proud to be the first (African American) female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University (HU); the first American to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, the Aerospace option from HU; and the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA GSFC.
Dr. Iris Wagstaff, Chemist, Science Policy Fellow, AAAS
Fatima Sequeira, Ph.D., FDA
Dr. Kiran Chodavarapu, WR Grace
Alison Hogg, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Emergent BioSolutions
Celia Baula, Manager, Quality Control Systems, Novavax
Dr. Chelsea Black, Scientist, MedImmune
Allison Stroebele, Metallic Pipe Practice Leader, Pure Technologies
Calvin Farr, Engineer, WSSC
Ken Dixon, Engineer, WSSC
Alphonso Stewart, Engineer, NASA
Prince Kalia, Engineering and Management, NASA
Roya Mohadjer, Strategy Lead, Health & Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin
Dr. Justin Rice, DSCOVR GDS LEAD, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
George Suarez, Lead-Mixed Signal ASIC Group (MSAG), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lisa Mae Crawford, Recruitment Specialist (STEM), Career Communications Group
Latresa Lomax, CEO, Agemo Technology
Prince George’s Community College
George Washington University
University of Maryland
Young Women in Bio
Destiny Aviation Services
Shades of Blue
Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools
The Science Advisory Board
Oxon Hill Middle School
Oxon Hill High School
Curie and Franklin Innovation Academy
American Dental Education Association
USDA- Natural Resources Conservationist
Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences@NIH
Iron Bow Technologies
W.R. Grace & Co.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Prince George’s County Public Schools
NASA Goddard Flight Center
Maryland STEM Festival
Tech Council of Maryland
10:00 AM Registration
10:15 AM Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
11:00 AM College and Career Expo
1:45 PM Raffle and Closing Remarks
2:00 PM Adjourn
Career + Leadership Panels
11:15 AM – Engineering panel
12:15 PM – Science panel
1:15 PM – Technology panel
1:00 PM – Parent session
11:45 AM – NASA session
12:45 PM – NASA session
2:15 PM – NASA session
Speciality: Drug / Biologics / Medical Device Development
Ms. Baula currently works as Manager, Quality Control Systems at Novavax, Inc. Prior to Quality Control, Ms. Baula had over 10 years of experience as a Project / Program Manager in the life science industry, working on drugs / biologics, and medical devices. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, attended medical school, and has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland College Park.
Dr. Chelsea Black MedImmune
Dr. Black obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Tech and then joined the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to pursue her PhD. While at Johns Hopkins she discovered combinations of drugs that enabled the immune system to eradicate tumors in mice. These types of cancer drugs, which help the patient’s own immune system recognize and kill tumor cells, are currently in development. They have shown amazing results in getting rid of cancer in certain patients. In 2013, Dr. Black joined the Translational Medicine department at MedImmune to determine ways to identify which patients will respond to these drugs. She currently works on clinical trials leading teams to develop cutting edge strategies to identify the best treatment for each individual patient.
Dr. Kiran Chodavarapu W. R. Grace
Speciality: Chemical Engineering
Kiran Chodavarapu is currently Business Development Manager for Grace Discovery Sciences. Kiran has been with Grace for 14 years in a variety of roles from R&D, Technical Service, Marketing & Business Development. Prior to joining Grace, Kiran worked at GE Plastics in Selkirk, NY. He has a B.A. in Economics, B. S. in Chemical Engineering and M. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He also got his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Kiran currently lives in Ellicott City, MD with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Alison Hogg Emergent Biosolutions
Speciality: Non-clinical development
Alison currently serves as Senior Manager in Non-Clinical Development at Emergent Biosolutions. Prior to her current position she work at Aeras, a non-profit organization focused on development of Tuberculosis vaccines, in the Pre-clinical department as a Scientist. Alison completed her PhD in Immunology at the University of London, undertook two post-doctoral positions, which took her from London to Galveston, TX and then onto NIH, Bethesda, MD working mainly in mucosal vaccine development.
Dr. Fatima Sequeira Chemist
Speciality: Organic Chemistry
Fatima obtained her doctorate in synthetic-organic chemistry at SUNY Buffalo. She developed new, more efficient methods to manufacture nitrogen heterocycles, synthetic building blocks for many pharmaceuticals. After she obtained her doctorate, Fatima was awarded a nationally competitive post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct research in the field of cellular and molecular biology. At NIST, Fatima worked to develop new tools for diagnosing cancer utilizing a quantitative biomarker for cellular glycosylation. She also implemented a cytotoxicity assay that provided a better understanding of how known chemical toxins influence protein expression, which led to a better understanding of how these toxins operate. Currently, Fatima works at the FDA, where she is part of a team of scientist who evaluate generic drugs before they are allowed to be distributed in the U.S. Fatima has also been very active in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education activities and in the local America Chemical Society (ACS). Fatima is currently on the Board of Managers for the Chemical Society of Washington.
Dr. Iris Wagstaff AAAS
Speciality: Chemistry, STEM Education, Science Policy
Dr. Iris R. Wagstaff is a native of Goldsboro, NC. She has a PhD in STEM Education Research from NC State University. She has a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Greensboro and an MS in Chemistry from NC A&T State University. She worked as a research chemist for Dow Chemical in Spring House, PA for 13 years where she led analytical research project teams. Iris has over 25 years of STEM outreach in the community. Iris has expertise in developing culturally relevant informal science programs and science education pedagogy. Iris has also developed strategic partnerships between educators, scientists, and the community to enhance education for underserved students. She is the Director of the Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation SMART Scholars Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting females in science. She has also served for over 20 years with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers mentoring underrepresented students in Chemistry and leading a national STEM Education program. She currently serves as a 2015-2016 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science and Technology Policy in Washington DC in the National Institute of Justice Office of Investigative Forensics.
Specialty: Civil/Environmental Engineering – Water Resources
Calvin D. Farr, Jr., P.E. is the Acting Team Chief of Utility Services for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), the water and wastewater service provider for Prince George-s County and Montgomery County, MD. He oversees the condition assessment and maintenance of the WSSC-s underground infrastructure and is heavily involved in planning efforts, including prioritization of design & construction, enhanced maintenance efforts, enhanced inspection protocols, life-cycle cost analyses, and strategies to improve levels of service to county ratepayers. Farr received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, his Master of Environmental Engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and his Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Ken Dixon, WSSC
Prince Kalia, NASA
Alphonso Stewart, NASA
Lisa Mae Crawford, MBA is currently a STEM Recruitment Specialist at Career Communications Group in Baltimore, Maryland. She works to connect high achieving STEM students to mentorship and internship opportunities in Fortune 500 companies, as well as, the Military. She has over 20 years as a STEM educator, businesswoman, and consultant. A former middle school Physical Science teacher she created the Mentoring for Excellence in Education Program for intercity girls to learn and excel in STEM. She has worked with several STEM based organizations as a mentor, curriculum developer, and board member. She was a committee member who designed the first U.S. Green Building LEED for High School Students; she has been an ACE (Architect, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor; and she has helped create two STEM Summer Camps in the District of Columbia for Middle School Children. She has also reviewed Higher Education Grantee Application for Federal Programs. Ms. Crawford has a degree in Computer Information Systems, Mathematics with a minor in Physics, and an MBA in Nonprofit Management. She lectures, produces seminars and leadership workshops as an advocate for STEM initiatives and the supporter of STEM jobs for Americans.
Latresa Lomax Agemo Technology
Specialty: Cyber Security
Latresa Lomax (AgemO) is founder and CEO of AgemO Technology, Inc. since 2010, located in Brandywine, Maryland. Mrs. Lomax has over 25 years- experience in both the U.S. Navy and the Government Industry. While serving in the United States Navy, she supported a multitude of organizations and agencies. In the Intelligence industry, she has provided corporate leadership facilitating and helping government organizations identify actionable Cyber Security intelligence for their current cyber security infrastructure. Additionally, she has defined cross functional programs and designs for implementation of Cyber Security solutions to protect critical infrastructure related to Information Systems. Currently, Mrs. Lomax serves on the board of Prince George Community College for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Adjunct Professor at Prince George Community College. She is also a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden since 2005. She has earned a Bachelor-s degree in Criminal Justice from National University, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, Master of Science in Software Engineering from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Cyber Security Certificate from University of Maryland.
Roya Mohadjer Lockheed Martin
Specialty: Strategy & Innovation, Finance & Operations Management
Roya Mohadjer is the Strategy Lead for Lockheed Martin’s Health & Life Sciences Line of Business. In her role, she is responsible for the development of a comprehensive business plan including strategies for the operating units, business development, technology, innovation, and marketing. Previously, Ms. Mohadjer was the IS&GS STEM/STEAM Lead where she partnered with global academia, industry, and government leaders to make substantive impacts on society. Believing that education is key, Ms. Mohadjer created strategies to help build a safe global environment and prepare our next generation workforce. Ms. Mohadjer also held positions as a new business leader and a financial and business operations manager for the business development organization. Ms. Mohadjer graduated from Lockheed Martin-s Leadership Development Program, with experiences in business development, manufacturing, quality and subcontract management. Ms. Mohadjer has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from the University Of Maryland Robert H. Smith School Of Business. Ms. Mohadjer is multi-lingual with proficiency in English, Spanish, French, and Farsi. Ms. Mohadjer is also a Board Member of the Maryland Governor-s Workforce Investment Board and The Universities at Shady Grove, and Chair of the Tech Council of Maryland Cyber Committee.
Allison Stroebele Pure Technologies
Specialty: Mechanical Engineering
Allison decided to study engineering after attending a local career fair in her senior year of high school. After graduating from college with a mechanical engineering degree she struggled to see herself fitting into the right kind of engineering job. In the search for the right career, she has had a wide variety of career experience since graduating including working as a ski patroller, for an NGO in Central America, as an aluminum fabricator for race car equipment, construction management and eventually found the perfect fit Pure Technologies where she has worked for nine years. At Pure, Allison started as a project engineer installing monitoring systems on suspension bridges, as a Project Manager working on water and wastewater pipelines, Operations Manager overseeing US field operations and now serves as the company’s Metallic Pipe Practice Leader. Allison never thought that she would become passionate about water and wastewater pipelines! Her job allows her to rely on her technical engineering training, contribute to the business through innovations and ideas, and constantly learn all while working with a wide variety of amazing people.
Dr. Justin Rice, NASA
George Suarez, NASA
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