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Ted Cope, Keynote Speaker, STEM Symposium

Ted Cope, Keynote Speaker, STEM Symposium

WashingtonExec would like to thank the over 1,500 people who attended the Inaugural STEM Symposium this past Saturday at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Va. More than 25 key organizations, representing the education, government, industry and non-profit sectors, gave attendees an opportunity to view exciting exhibits and engage with inspiring thought-leaders about STEM opportunities accessible in the region.

Notable speakers include co-Chairmen Rob Zitz, Senior Vice President of the National Security Sector of Leidos and Ted Cope, the Director of Basic and Applied Research at the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Other speakers included: Dr. Sandy Magnus, former NASA astronaut and Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Michele Weslander Quaid, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector & Innovation Evangelist at Google, Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and Assistant Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ed Swallow, Vice President of Business Development at Northrop Grumman Information Systems Federal and Defense Technology Division and Chairman of the WashingtonExec STEM Council,  Bala Sundar, CEO of SyApps, Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer, Director, STEM Accelerator Program at GMU, and Dr. Virginia Sargent of NGA, among others.

The event’s presenting sponsor was Leidos and founding sponsor was Northrop Grumman Corporation.  And, the venue sponsor was the Nysmith School. Special thanks to the Fair Lakes Subway and Amphora Bakery for catering the event.

Special thanks to Bala Sundar for chairing the 5th-12th grade science fair project submissions and to Dr. Evan Glazer, Principal of Thomas Jefferson High School, for his invaluable support and student volunteers.

The Inaugural STEM Symposium is part of a long-term initiative by the WashingtonExec STEM Council, Chaired by Ed Swallow, and is comprised of 20 leaders dedicated to increasing student interest, parent advocacy, educator creativity and employee engagement in the STEM fields.  To learn more about the STEM Council, please visit: http://www.stemsymposium.com/stem-council/  If you have suggestions on what else WashingtonExec can do to promote educational outcomes in STEM, please let us know.

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