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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Keynotes Star-Studded Evening: TechCelebration

Last night, NVTC's TechCelebration lived up to its reputation as the networking event of the year as 750 members of the Northern Virginia technology community joined Virginia state officials and federal and state legislators for a stellar evening. The event featured a keynote speech by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, introduced by John Howard, business development manager for CDW-G, and included the presentation of the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to GMU President Dr. Alan Merten and the 2011 Chairman's Award to the leaders of NVTC's Arlington National Cemetery Task Force.

During his remarks, Bolden discussed the importance of technology to the space agency's future, urging continued investments in NASA’s future in order to maintain American technology leadership and serve as a catalyst for high-tech jobs. He highlighted how the agency is streamlining and strategically focusing its investments and partnering with corporate America to encourage innovation. Bolden also listed NASA’s efforts to develop next-generation space technologies including a laser-based optical communications system, a deep space atomic clock and a space solar sail, and described the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory on Nov. 25.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden addressing the 750 attendees at TechCelebration.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden addressing the 750 attendees at TechCelebration.

As a highlight of the program, NVTC paid tribute to Dr. Merten with the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to a person whose lifetime professional and personal endeavors have made a significant impact on the Northern Virginia technology community. Dr. Merten will retire from the GMU presidency in June 2012.

Presentation of the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Alan Merten.
Featured (L-R): NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, NVTC Board Member and GMU President Dr. Alan Merten, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.
Presentation of the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Alan Merten.
Featured (L-R): NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, NVTC Board Member and GMU President Dr. Alan Merten, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

Also during the evening, Sen. Mark Warner and NVTC honored Booz Allen Hamilton, The MITRE Corporation, SAIC, Bob Kahn of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and George Newstrom, formerly of Lee Technologies, for their leadership of NVTC's Arlington National Cemetery Task Force with the 2011 Chairman’s Award. The lead companies and task force co-chairs were recognized for their leadership and generous pro-bono commitment of time, talent and resources to assessing and recommending solutions to Arlington Cemetery's information technology and process challenges.

The presentation of the 2011 Chairman’s Award to the NVTC's Arlington National Cemetery Task Force leaders.
The presentation of the 2011 Chairman’s Award to the NVTC's Arlington National Cemetery Task Force leaders.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: CDW
Reception Sponsor: ePlus
Signature Gold Sponsor: Harris IT Services
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