Tech Council of Maryland to Honor Winners of the
8th Annual Frederick County Technology Awards
(ROCKVILLE, MD) March 12, 2010 The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) will honor the winners of its 8th Annual Frederick County Technology Awards during a reception March 25th at Dutch's Daughter, Frederick, Maryland. Each year, TCM honors those companies in Frederick County that exemplify excellence in the technology community. This year TCM is proud to announce that, for the first time in Frederick County, it will honor the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Educator of the Year.
"Maryland is a leader in the tech and biotech industries, and Frederick County is an integral part of our success as a state," said Renée Winsky, TCM's CEO. "The Frederick County Technology Awards spotlight these amazing achievements and ensure that these companies and leaders receive recognition for their contributions to Frederick County and Maryland."
Each Award will be presented to the company or executive who, during the past year, exhibited leadership, growth and strong ties to the community in the following categories: Small Business of the Year, Firm of the Year, Executive of the Year, Service Provider of the Year and STEM Educator of the Year.
The award winners are:
- Firm of the Year: WGS Systems is a Frederick, Maryland-based engineering and electronics company. Founded in 2007, WGS specializes in systems engineering, electronic system development, integration, testing, training and support. WGS excels at the efficient and reliable integration of equipment into surveillance aircraft and ground-based applications utilizing sound engineering principals. WGS is focused on equipping U.S. Military and Homeland Security personnel with affordable and effective tactical battle-space awareness. Developing and integrating disparate radio, geo-location, electro-optical, radar and communication equipment into larger 'systems of systems' using computer, network and audio-visual technologies, WGS Systems creates emerging capabilities that greatly enhance the operational awareness of our protectors.
- Executive of the Year: Scott Selle joined Fairchild Controls as company President June of 2006. Before joining Fairchild Controls, Scott held leadership positions at Honeywell, working in a diverse range of assignments in Operations, Global Sourcing and Quality Assurance. Fairchild Controls is an industry-leading aerospace company with engineering and manufacturing facilities located in the heart of Frederick, Maryland. Fairchild Controls has been developing custom environmental, electronic and pneumatic control systems for commercial and military aircraft around the world for over 80 years. Primary products include vapor cycle cooling systems, air filtration systems, control electronics and air turbine drives. Though their technology can be found onboard commercial aircraft like the Boeing 747 and the new Airbus A380, the majority of their systems are installed on U.S. and allied military aircraft and vehicles, including the Apache Longbow helicopter, F-18 Hornet fighter jet, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and C-130 transport aircraft.
- Small Business of the Year: ImQuest BioSciences, Inc. provides expert preclinical drug and vaccine research and development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. With a focus on the development of therapeutic and prevention products, ImQuest provides technical, professional and consultative support required for successful product development. ImQuest possesses core capabilities in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and immunology with significant expertise in the development of therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease (e.g. HIV, HCV, influenza, and drug-resistant bacterial infections such as MRSA) and cancer. Additionally, ImQuest is currently developing highly novel products for the treatment of HIV, solid and hematopietic tumors, and prevention of the sexual transmission of HIV.
- Service Provider of the Year: BridgePath Scientific is a Veteran-owned small business headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. BridgePath Scientific provides new and refurbished laboratory and scientific equipment, preventative maintenance, and repair services to commercial companies, academic institutions, not-for-profit research organizations, and governmental entities. In 2009, BridgePath Scientific provided products and services for more than 130 organizations nationwide. These included a number of Frederick County entities in multiple industry sectors. BridgePath Scientific operates a commercial research laboratory and manufactures more than a dozen reagents and kits. By integrating laboratory equipment sales and service with laboratory operations, BridgePath more directly services its growing customer base.
- Frederick County STEM Educator of the Year: Nancy Stamatakos, a Math Specialist/STEM teacher liaison at Crestwood Middle School, founded a Science Olympiad team and helped prepare a STEM summer school program. The Stem Educator of the year honors an educator who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and for promoting student learning of STEM subjects, and has taken their curriculum to another level. They excite interest and inspire independent learning and the development of critical thinking and presents subject matter imaginatively, with innovation in the design and delivery of content materials.
To register to attend and celebrate with the winners, please email Wendy Dudrow or call her at 240-243-4050.
ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.