MdBio Foundation to Host 9th ATLAS Symposium on November 17

Event Brings Students from DuVal High School Together with Local
Tech Leaders
to Learn More About STEM Careers

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MdBio Foundation:






College & Career Readiness Symposium


Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) is a college and
career readiness symposium that provides opportunities for
students typically underrepresented in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) to connect with business leaders,
colleges, government and potential employers. This symposium is
the ninth that MdBio has hosted since 2013, bringing together more
than 1,100 participants to explore STEM career options and the
educational pathways required to reach those career goals.



Park Aviation Museum

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
Park, MD 20740



Friday, November 17
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.



More than 100 students with an interest in engineering and
technology from DuVal High School’s Aerospace Engineering and
Aviation Technology program will attend ATLAS, which features a
full day of keynote addresses from local technology leaders,
hands-on workshops and an Expo highlighting internship and job
opportunities for students. The Expo will take place in the
museum, alongside historic planes, and features colleges and
universities, and organizations, such as NASA, Paradyme
Management, Pure Technologies and Whiting-Turner.


The event kicks off with a welcome from MdBio Foundation Vice
President of Communications Janeé Pelletier, Prince George’s
County Council Chair Derek Davis and Amanda Elliott, education and
interpretation manager for the College Park Aviation Museum.


They will be followed by the opening keynote speaker, Vennard
Wright, chief information officer for the Washington Suburban
Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Wright will speak with the students
about his personal background and journey into a STEM career, as
well as offer insights into what students can expect as they
navigate the competitive world of applying for their first job.


Students then will break out into smaller groups to visit the
Expo, and participate in workshops on balloon rockets, the water
industry, a journey to Mars and engineering a gravity-powered


The closing session will feature Prince George’s County Council
Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros and a keynote address by LaTara
Harris, AT&T’S regional director for External and Legislative
Affairs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.



ATLAS is made possible by sponsorships from AstraZeneca/MedImmune,
AT&T, Emergent BioSolutions, Pure Technologies Ltd., W.R. Grace &
Co., the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and


About MdBio Foundation

MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative,
effective and experiential science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development opportunities to
underserved communities. MdBio’s interdisciplinary approach uses STEM to
explore a real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school,
community, health and business. The foundation’s flagship program is a
mobile laboratory for high schools that has provided quality educational
experiences to more than 150,000 students throughout the state of
Maryland since its launch in 2003. MdBio also operates other celebrated
STEM education programs, such as the Young Science Explorers Program for
middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS:
Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM college and career symposium. Visit
or follow on social media @MdBioFoundation.


for MdBio Foundation
Brad Wills, 240-752-7171