This week: April 26, 2024 - TBA - TBA
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Landrum Beard – Rock Creek’s Extreme Cleanup

Landrum is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Rock Creek Conservancy. He manages watershed related volunteer programs and connecting communities with the great outdoors.

The Conservancy’ programs include the Extreme Cleanup, which our club has joined for several years, invasive weed program, and summer youth employment.

Vijay Kowtha – Montgomery Blair High School’s Robotics Program 

Vijay is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in College Park with interests in sensor development, computational neuroscience, and robotics. He is a strong and visible leader in the support and encouragement of young people in their studies in Engineering and specifically in formulating areas of responsive research. Dr. Kowtha has organized STEM events promoting basic research at the USA science festivals. Recently he formed a new non-profit called MASER (Mentors Advancing STEM Education and Research) with local universities. Dr. Kowtha has also mentored high school students in robotics competitions for two decades. These teams have won national level competitions and many students have graduated and are now gainfully employed in the federal workforce.He is a member of the College Park Rotary Club and active in the Montgomery Blair High School Robotics Team.

Paul Arveson – Recent News from the World of SciencePaul Arveson –

Club member Paul Arveson is Vice President on the Board of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is also Director of Research at Solar Household Energy, Inc., an NGO focused on solar cooking research and field projects. Previously, Paul was a Senior Program Associate in the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a fellow in the American Scientific Affiliation and an active member of National Presbyterian Church.

Muhammad Kehnemouyi – Montgomery College

Dr. Kehnemouyi is Interim Vice President/Povost at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus and directs the Collegewide STEM Unit for the entire school. He holds an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic Institute.  He is a registered professional engineer (PE) since 1988. In 1983, he joined Montgomery College’s Department of Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences.  He became the chair of that department in 1999.  He is currently collegewide dean for Science, Engineering, and Technology. 

Feyishara Adelekan – Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Fey is an architecture teacher at Thomas Edison High School of Technology. She instructs students in a two-year program on the Principles of Architecture and CAD technology. Fey is a native of Washington, DC, and studied international studies at Trinity College and architecture at Morgan State University. She worked in the architectural field for eight years before joining the Thomas Edison High School of Technology construction cluster. Currently, she is the department chair for the Construction Cluster. 

Rob Scheer – Comfort Cases

Maryland resident Rob Scheer is founder of Comfort Cases, a nationwide program of distributing backpacks to children leaving the foster care system. Over the past eleven years, more than 220,000 Comfort Cases and duffel bags have been to children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. Rob will be joining us via Zoom.

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