Metroplex Technology Business Council Names Richland College 12th Annual Tech Titans Awards Finalist

The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has named Richland College a finalist in the Tech Titans of the Future, University Level category as part of the 12th Annual Tech Titans Awards. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.

The Tech Titans Award winners will be revealed at the Tech Titans Award Gala at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, August 24. More information about the event is available at www.techtitans.org.
“Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative technology companies and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of the North Texas region,” said Charlie Vogt, president and chief executive officer of GENBAND, and chair of the MTBC’s Tech Titans steering committee. “These pioneers are impacting tomorrow’s technology today with their innovation, leadership and advocacy. We look forward to showcasing their groundbreaking advancements that are being made in our own backyard.”

Richland was nominated for its 2011 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps. Two 10-day camps were hosted and served 50 students in grades 8-11 from Richardson and Garland ISDs. Campers participated in overview sessions of STEM careers presented by Richland students and faculty members and chose a discipline they wanted to explore in greater detail. Students worked together to complete a project related to the overriding “Rockets!” camp theme while learning about engineering concepts, design theories, manufacturing processes, technology, project planning, budget, time lines, time constraints and team work.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the MTBC for our work on the STEM camp. Our faculty worked long hours to plan and execute the camp,” said Martha Hogan, executive dean of the Richland College School of Engineering, Business and Technology. “This recognition of their hard work strengthens our determination to continue to emphasize the importance of STEM education to develop a strong, technically qualified workforce for the North Texas Area.”

Besides the MTBC and Title Sponsor SoftLayer, other supporters of the Tech Titans Awards event include Ericsson, Digital Realty Trust, Fujitsu Network Communications, Deloitte, AT&T, BKD LLP, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Employer Flexible, Cisco, NetApp, Oceus Networks, Cologix, Haynes and Boone LLP, Cisco, GENBAND, AVMG and the Dallas Business Journal. Travis Wolff and Comerica Bank Life Science are sponsors for Fast Tech. The Fast Tech Awards recognize the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex over a three-year period.