AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to providing an ethical, interactive forum for sharing knowledge and building relationships across government, military, industry and academia.
Our Chapter focuses primarily on enabling the intelligence missions of today and tomorrow through education and investment in talented people. We accomplish our goal by promoting the continuing education of current IT professionals, and supporting the education of future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each year, proceeds from our corporate sponsors and Chapter events enable us to award over $200,000 to qualified students and teachers through scholarships, endowments, and grants.
Each year the chapter sponsors its STEM Kickstarter program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to area schools. This year's program was extremely competitive with 28 proposals being submitted by schools in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Howard and northern Prince George's counties. Teachers and students submitted applications that covered a wide range of K-12 curriculum needs, robotics and science clubs, and even pre-K education. The chapter granted 17 awards this year, totaling more than $64,000. Items to be purchased by the schools based on this year's grants include drones; MakerBot 3-D printers; laptops with CAD software; LEGO Mindstorm robots; wind turbine kits; programmable rovers; Snap Circuits; BeeBots; and Osmo gaming kits. In addition, as part of the STEM Kickstarter program, schools are connected to the chapter through a liaison member, who answers questions and helps to make connections to other chapter resources such as science fair judges, career day speakers and the scholarship program. The schools receiving grants this year are: Maryland City Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Severna Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Archbishop Spalding High School in Anne Arundel County; Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Indian Creek Lower School in Anne Arundel County; Glen Burnie Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County; Annapolis Area Christian School - Upper in Anne Arundel County; Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Meade Heights Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Anne Arundel County; Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore City; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Howard County; Mount View Middle School in Howard County; Northfield Elementary School in Howard County; Ellicott Mills Middle School in Howard County; and DeMatha Catholic High School in Prince George's County. The schools have received their checks and the chapter will honor the recipients at the Annual Awards Night on May 3, 2018.
One of the chapter's goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of technical professionals. This summer the chapter started the Summer Intern Presentation Showcase (SIPS) to do just that. SIPS is an opportunity for summer interns from sponsors in the chapter to practice their presentation skills and demonstrate their technical prowess. The showcase gave interns the opportunity to present their summer projects in front of a diverse audience. Ten companies from the Central Maryland area sponsored 25 students to make technical presentations on the results of their summer projects at SIPS. In August the students received professional presentation coaching and made presentations to a panel of judges from the community in a competitive setting. More than 60 people were in the audience. The chapter distributed scholarship money as awards to the Best Presentation and the Best Technical Project. All of the presentations were excellent and the judges had their work cut out for them. The award for Best Presentation went to a group of students from ESI with "Alexa Sense" by Michael Chirico, Jake Gluck and Colin Mason. Best Technical Project went to Anna Blendermann from Nteligen. Her project was titled "Modular Filtration." Congratulations to all who participated. The chapter would like to thank Gary Rosen and Liz Donelan for their outstanding support of this event, as well as the lead sponsor, Engineering Solutions Inc. For more information about the SIPS event and to read about all of the great projects presented in 2017, a copy of the program can be found on the Central Maryland website.
|01/25/2018||AFCEA CMD Monthly Member Luncheon - January|
Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD
|01/30/2018||Technology Over Bagels: Data Science and Amazon Web Services|
ESI, 7030 Dorsey Road, Suite 201, Hanover, MD
Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, MD
|02/13/2018||Technology Over Bagels with Microsoft|
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
|02/14/2018||"Path to Growth" Panel Discussion|
CACI Conference Center, 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD
|02/21/2018||Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) Social|
Union Jacks, Columbia, MD
|02/22/2018||AFCEA CMD Monthly Member Luncheon - February|
Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD
|02/28/2018||Joint Happy Hour with the YACs and the Rising Stars|
Black Flag Brewing, Columbia, MD