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.

Chapter News

The chapter presented its Unsung Hero award, honoring someone who works hard behind the scenes and rarely gets a share of the limelight, to Joe Karolchik in January. Karolchik has worked faithfully with the Education Committee for five years, leading the Adopt-a-School program and the STEM Kickstarter program. The former provides adopted schools with resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education, and the latter awards competitive grants of up to $5,000 to area schools for STEM-related initiatives. As STEM Kickstarter chair, Karolchik prepares all initial materials, selects annual committees, distributes information to schools and teachers, collects all grants, and collates all data for grant review. He leads the evaluation committee and presents the results to the Executive Committee. Karolchik also communicates with the chapter's school liaisons, who are the primary contacts for the schools submitting grant applications. Jessica Morgenstern, the chapter's vice president of scientific education, has worked with Karolchik on the Adopt-a-School and Kickstarter programs for the past five years. She presented the award to him. "During Joe's tenure as Kickstarter chair, AFCEA Central Maryland has seen a drastic improvement in the quality of the grant applications we receive. Joe developed a guide to help teachers submit better information, which has resulted in more grants awarded and higher dollars," Morgenstern said. The chapter awarded $66,000 in 2017. "Joe, your dedication and uncanny ability to give to these programs has not gone unnoticed. This chapter is extremely grateful for the work that you do, and we hope that you will continue to be a leader in this endeavor," Morgenstern added.
The chapter provided 20 volunteer judges for science fairs in December at Meade High School, MacArthur Middle School and, for the first time, Arundel Middle School. The students and staff members at each school put in a considerable amount of time and hard work preparing for these fairs. All three science fairs had significant student participation. Meade High School had more than 350 projects, MacArthur Middle had 1,000, and Arundel Middle had more than 200. Chapter volunteers scored selected projects, talked to the students, provided feedback and motivated them to continue their STEM activities. The chapter provided gift card awards to students selected by the judges for their outstanding projects and gift card donations to the schools to help defray the cost of the fair. Many thanks go to these individuals for their work in challenging students to grow and improve in STEM: Adam Eng, Alisha Adams, Ceil Paul, Damandeep Singh, Erica Richardson, Geoff Martino, Jason Freedman, Jean Paul Cameron, Jennifer Benson, Jennifer Kielman, Jessica Morgenstern, John Garcia, Karen Young, Kathleen Berganski, Kathy Dougan, Kristen Johnson, Mark McLarnon, Melissa Kittleson, Nicholas Fingland and Rhonda Johnson. The chapter's support to science fairs is a rewarding way to get students excited about science and engineering early in their education.
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Upcoming Events

02/28/2018Joint Happy Hour with the YACs and the FMA Rising Stars
Black Flag Brewing, Columbia, MD
03/06/2018WIIG In A Minute (WIAM): Candid Professional Discussions in a Small Group Setting
OPS Consulting, Hanover, MD
03/13/2018Technology Over Bagels with Fourth Dimension Engineering
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
03/14/2018YAC Social
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
03/22/2018AFCEA CMD Monthly Member Luncheon - March
Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD
04/10/2018Technology Over Bagels with Cipher Tech
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
04/11/2018YAC Social
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
04/18/2018Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) Social
04/26/2018AFCEA CMD Monthly Member Luncheon - April
Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD
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