2018 Sessions – WTCI's AGILE Innovation Series

2018 Sessions

February 7th

Global Innovation in Higher Education and Workforce Development

In today’s rapid changing world, no industry is immune from the disruption caused by technological innovation. In higher education, one of Maryland’s largest industries, companies and institutions must meet higher demands at lower costs in an increasingly crowded market place. They adapt through economies of scale, leveraging advanced data analytics to create more personalized and relevant products for their customers. The higher education paradigm is changing with MOOCs, Micro Certifications, experiential education and other innovations upsetting the traditional models of higher education. At this session, leaders from the non-profit and for-profit side of higher education will discuss how they are facing these and other challenges and the innovations they are employing to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Steve Tom

Vice President, Global Technology Innovation

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May 9th

Global Innovation in Cyber Security

Maryland is a well-known hub of cyber-security (just look at all the companies attending the RSA 2018 – the nation’s premier information security conference), and with new threats popping up every day, the fight to stay ahead of these constantly evolving threats never ends. At this session, presenters will address:

  • Government Influence on Cyber
  • Why Everything Isn’t Moving to the Cloud
  • The Rise of Zero Trust Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Fracturing of Risk Management
  • Driving Innovation with Diversity
  • International Hubs in Cyber
  • Preparing Future Cyber Leaders and more

Ron Gula



Ginger Wierzbanowski

VP Intelligence Solutions

Northrop Grumman
Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, Vice Dean, UMUC Cybersecurity Graduate Program

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Vice Dean, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

September 12

Global Innovation in Space and Beyond

From missions that stretch billions of miles across our solar system to protection from ballistic threats, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab deals with some of the most complex engineering challenges imaginable. Learn how their approach to innovation might apply to your business challenges.

Ralph Semmel, Laboratory Director, will kick off the session with an overview of the Lab’s strategy for innovation, which covers 6,300 staff members who work across projects ranging from cybersecurity to planetary defense.

Dr. Turtle will cover an exciting new mission concept called Dragonfly, a rotorcraft-lander that would explore Saturn’s large, exotic moon Titan. Should NASA select this daring mission for flight, Dragonfly would shed unprecedented light on a fascinating, Earth-like world of clouds, lakes and seas of liquid ethane and methane, and vast expanses of organic sand dunes.

Dr. Chabot will tell us about a very important project that could one day save the world. This mission is called DART, which is short for Double Asteroid Redirect Test. Set for launch in 2021, DART will test what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique — striking an asteroid to shift its orbit — and take a critical step in demonstrating we can protect our planet from a potential impact.



Dr.Ralph Semmel



Nancy Chabot

Planetary Scientist


Zibi Turtle

Planetary Scientist

November 14

Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker

For more than 100 years this company has been delivering tools to consumers and professionals alike. They have built their success by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while bringing fresh twists to familiar, indispensable products. Innovation continues to power their businesses—driving results that allow them to invest in seeking disruptive breakthroughs that redefine markets.


Bob Welsh

Vice President, Breakthrough Innovation Accelerator

Tim Hatch

Chief Technology Officer

Mike Murray

Open Innovation Manager