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February/March 2010

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VP Rich Rosen recognized for Battelle’s STEM education efforts

Rich Rosen is Battelle’s VP of education and philanthropy partnerships.Columbus, OH – At NSBE’s fall regional conference last November, Rich Rosen, VP of education and philanthropy partnerships at Battelle Memorial Institute, was recognized for his, and Battelle’s, dedication to feeding the STEM pipeline.

NSBE executive director Carl B. Mack, national chair Stacyann P. Russell and Rosen’s wife Karen presented the award during the closing banquet of the conference.

Battelle has supported NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program since 2006. SEEK Academies have introduced more than 1,200 young people in U.S. inner cities to engineering careers, and are designed to engage their parents and guardians as well. Battelle’s support has also led to the establishment of more than forty NSBE junior chapters in Columbus.

“Battelle has been a vital partner in the expansion of NSBE’s pre-college initiative program to elementary and middle school students in Columbus, OH and across the country,” says NSBE executive director Carl B. Mack. “As such, Battelle is playing a critical role in getting more underrepresented minority youth into STEM. And by doing that Battelle is making the U.S. more competitive in the world economy.”

Rich Rosen, standing toward right, hosts Battelle’s SEEK program volunteer luncheon.“I am flattered to receive such an award,” Rosen says. “I believe it is a hallmark of Battelle’s effort to bring more groups together to address our concerns about America’s educational system.”

Education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is an initiative of vital importance to Battelle. Rosen, along with others at the institute, has led the way in creating new relationships with professional groups such as NSBE and developing public/private partnerships.


BDPA installs new officers

Yvette Graham of Allstate is BDPA’s new national president.Largo, MD – Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) installed new national officers in early January.

Yvette Graham, who works at Allstate as director of the project development and operations organization for the claims department, is the group’s new national president.

Monique Berry, an IT pro at Vanguard Group, is the new national president elect and VP of business management. Charles Moore of Wachovia is the new VP of finance. Founder Earl Pace and executive director Dr Donald French remain on the board. For more information go to www.bdpa.org.


Vic Bhagat to run GE high-tech center

Vic Bhagat: new GE technology center site leader.Van Buren Township, MI – Vic Bhagat is the new site leader of GE’s advanced manufacturing and software technology center. The center houses IT and an R&D facility. It will expand to more than 1,100 GE employees over the next few years and will house the largest concentration of GE IT pros doing software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence and program management.

Scientists and engineers at the center’s R&D facility will develop manufacturing technologies for GE’s renewable energy, aircraft engines, gas turbines and other high-tech products. The work will include development of technologies for composites, machining, inspection, casting and coating for GE’s aviation and energy businesses.

Bhagat also serves as CIO for GE corporate information services. He was CIO for GE in India and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2005. Before that he held a series of leadership roles in areas of information management, e-business and corporate security across several GE businesses, including GE Aviation, GE Consumer & Industrial and GE Plastics.

Before joining GE, Bhagat held IT positions with Keane Inc, Humana Inc and Colgate-Palmolive. He has a BS in information management and marketing from the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) and a degree in physics and math from St. John’s University in India.


Working Mother names its 100 best companies

New York, NY – Every year Working Mother magazine issues a list of the 100 companies friendliest to working moms. All the companies on the list offer telecommuting and flextime schedules, 98 percent offer job-sharing, and 94 percent offer compressed workweeks. These companies also help working parents with their childcare needs: 86 percent provide backup care and 62 percent provide sick-child care.

The 2009 list includes Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive, DuPont, Freddie Mac, IBM and Pfizer. The complete list can be found at www.workingmother.com.


BDPA and BGG offer coaching for internship applicants

Milt Haynes of BDPA and BGG.Chicago, IL – The student intern program (SIP) of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) is in full swing, and the organization has asked its members and other IT pros to encourage students to apply for IT internships.

Milt Haynes of the BDPA Chicago chapter is a past BDPA president and founder of Blacks Gone Geek (BGG, blacksgonegeek.org), an online community. He explains how to recruit for the program. "Ask any students you know," he says. "Do you love working with computers? Would you like to get paid for doing something you love to do?"

2010 internship opportunities with SIP are listed at Abbott Laboratories, ADP, Allstate Insurance, AmericanEagle.com, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, NASA, Steelcase and the U.S. State Department. Volunteer coaches from BGG, BDPA and elsewhere are available to help with applications. To register, go to blacksgonegeek.org/DearITIntern2.aspx.


Battelle grid expert joins Gridwise Alliance board

Battelle VP Dr Mani Vadari.Columbus, OH – Dr Mani Vadari, Battelle VP for energy infrastructure, has been elected to the board of directors of GridWise Alliance. This alliance of utilities, large and emerging tech companies, academia and venture capitalists promotes smart grid technology.

Vadari has more than twenty years of experience in the electric utility industry, in relevant areas such as transmission and distribution (T&D), grid ops, generation ops, energy markets and smart grid technologies. He has published more than twenty-five articles in subjects as diverse as dispatch training, simulator development, artificial neural networks and electric utility deregulation.

Before joining Battelle Vadari worked at Accenture, where he was a lead partner in its global T&D practice. Before that he was a lead engineer at ESCA (now Areva T&D). He received both his MS PhD degrees in EE from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).

"It is an honor to serve on the board of an alliance that helps to mold the future of America's smart grid," Vadari says. "I am excited to be part of this game-changing industry, and look forward to seeing the transformation of what Thomas Edison invented into a safe, smart and innovative grid system."


RCN appoints Mary Jane Horne VP and GM of business services

Mary Jane Horne: new RCN VP and GM.Herndon, VA - RCN Corp has made Mary Jane Horne VP and general manager of RCN business services.

"I'm excited about this opportunity," Horne says. "The RCN business services difference is in our personal approach to prospects and clients. We’ve achieved an excellent reputation for providing our business customers with high-quality voice, data, video and managed services. I’m proud to be a part of furthering this commitment.

Horne has been with RCN for five years. As VP of corporate development and as CTO for business services, she expanded the company’s offerings beyond traditional telephony solutions.

Before RCN, Horne worked for Neon Communications, Bell Atlantic, Nynex and New England Telephone. She has EE and computer engineering degrees from Northeastern University (Boston, MA).


Sodexo names division president

Calvin Johnson: Sodexo hospitals leader.Gaithersburg, MD – Calvin Johnson is the new president of Sodexo’s hospitals division, the largest operating unit within the company’s North America ops. Johnson joined Sodexo in 2003 as a division VP after more than twenty years in management and leadership of large organizations.

He began his professional career with the U.S. Army, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a BSME. He holds an MBA and a masters of management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Black Money Worldwide names African Americans

Sherrie Littlejohn of Wells Fargo.Ben-Saba Hasan of Walmart.London, England – Since 1999, Black Money Worldwide has published a yearly list of the people it considers the top fifty African Americans in technology. This year’s awardees include Corey Rosemond, global gaming manager for Microsoft; Whirlpool’s Kevin Summers; Sherrie Littlejohn and Martin Davis of Wells Fargo; Mikey Butler of Cisco; Ben-Saba Hasan of Walmart and Daphne Jones of Hospira.

Top execs include Ursula Burns of Xerox, Oracle’s Charles E. Philips Jr and H. James Dallas of Medtronic. 50mostimportantaatechnology.wordpress.com lists all fifty.


Check out President Obama’s STEM initiatives

Washington, DC – “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” says President Barack Obama. “That’s why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM education over the next decade a national priority.”

The White House press office has released a compilation of the presidents’ major STEM initiatives since he took office in January 2009. It makes interesting reading.

Last November President Obama initiated “Educate to innovate,” a nationwide push to popularize STEM education through public/private partnerships. Among the initiatives announced were partnerships using media, interactive games, hands-on learning and volunteers, in an all-out effort to reach more than ten million students over four years.

One highlight of the program is an annual science fair. Held at the White House, it will showcase student winners of a variety of national competitions in areas of science, technology, robotics and more.

The President announced his deep involvement in STEM not long after taking office. In a speech at the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC) last spring, he made a sweeping commitment to improving science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) education.

The President has identified three main priorities in the area: increasing STEM literacy until all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology; improving the quality of math and science teaching so U.S. students are not outperformed by those in other nations; and expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

To help meet this goal, the President’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund provides support to states that commit to a comprehensive strategy to improve STEM education. For more details on these priorities and programs, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-launches-educate-innovate-campaign-excellence-science-technology-en.



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