From Harford Community College:
Harford Community College presented its annual showcase of Aberdeen Proving Ground on June 22 and 23 at the Amoss Center in Bel Air. The event was a huge success with 627 registered participants from 23 states representing 284 organizations. Over 60 companies exhibited the capabilities and technologies at and coming to Aberdeen Proving Ground. In addition, there were 43 presenters at this year’s event.
The showcase drew businesses ranging from startups to large companies interested in tech transfer and/or collaborative projects. Lively interaction took place between current and potential contractors with APG; science, technology and education officials; entrepreneurs; independent and academic researchers and inventors; and economic and workforce development professionals.
Dr. Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College, delivered opening remarks. Timothy J. McNamara, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, gave the welcome and a BRAC update. The keynote speaker on Wednesday was Andre Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics). Topics during the first day of the showcase included “What Should Industry Expect From Contracting at APG,” a small business panel discussion, and a garrison update. Information was also presented on Picerne Housing, Harford Business Innovation Center, and EUL/St. John Properties, Inc. followed by a large business support panel. MG Nick Justice, Commanding General, U.S. Army, Research, Development and Engineering Command, gave closing remarks.
The second day’s activities began with opening remarks by Tom Sadowski, President and CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. Several topics were discussed including a C4ISR overview and contracting opportunities and a chemical biological overview and contracting opportunities. Gary Martin, Executive Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, gave closing remarks.
There were 20 showcase sponsors including SAIC, the Bald Eagle Sponsor. Raytheon was the Golden Eagle sponsor. Eagle sponsors included CACI International, Inc., ManTech International Corporation, and Northrop Grumman; Owl sponsors include ASRC Communications, BRTRC, Harris Corporation, St. James Properties, and University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering; Heron sponsors included Battelle, Global InfoTek, Inc., Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals; MECHSIM Defense Transportation Technologies, Praxis Engineering, SRC, Inc., and URS. BAE Systems (Binder), ITT (Wireless Internet) and Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (Media) were also sponsors.