Without our sponsors, parents, and families, we would not be able to compete in FIRST. Not only do they give us the financial means to participate, but they also allow us to work with mentors, use their facilities and resources, and teach us the ways of being professional engineers. Our team is indebted to the kind folks behind each of the following companies.
Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, IAI has an immense focus on robotics, and has maintained its persona as a diverse “R&D” think tank. IAI’s technologies in the marketplace today include two- and three-dimensional forensics imaging equipment used for matching bullets; platforms, and tools for the development of agent-based systems; perimeter security systems; scheduling systems for complex and dynamically changing environments; tools for fault diagnosis and prognosis in complex systems; ad hoc mobile network protocols; and automated tutoring systems for literacy training. Our relationship with IAI spans from them hosting past Kickoffs to being a past and current employer of some of our team’s mentors.
Privatin Consulting provides assistance to companies both in private and public sector that are in need of development and implementation of Strategic Sourcing and Category Management programs. It has years of expertise in the consulting field and has helped large organizations, such as the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, and more. We recently renewed our relationship with Privatin Consulting and hope to continue it in future years.
The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the nation. Under the Federal STEM strategic plan, the Department is charged with developing STEM initiatives that are unique to the DoD mission and also help meet national goals of: improving instruction; increasing engagement; growing the pool of STEM degree holders; broadening the participation of historically underserved groups; and improving the graduate school experience. DoD STEM represents the Department’s mission to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the educational continuum to sustain the Department’s technological edge.
The Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR) is a space industry stakeholder organization comprised of both corporate and individual members located both in Maryland and the surrounding areas. MSBR encourages the growth and development of aerospace-related business in Maryland and focuses on the future of high technology in Maryland. MSBR leads aerospace section of the Governor’s campaign to expand the state’s business base. MSBR encourages students to enter technology-related fields through its robust educational outreach program.
Emergent BioSolutions provides specialty products for civilian and military populations that address intentional and naturally emerging public health threats. Their vision is to protect and enhance 50 million lives by 2025 by focusing their energy to improve the quality of life for millions of individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life. They develop, manufacture, and deliver a portfolio of medical countermeasures for biological and chemical threats as well as emerging infectious diseases.
Headquartered in Maryland, TurningPoint Global Solutions is an IT company that specializes in Health IT, software development and integration, cybersecurity, and systems infrastructure support, among many other fields. TurningPoint is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the D.C. area. In 2012, TurningPoint was the winner of the “Technology Firm of the Year” award and in 2015 TurningPoint’s APS Solution Wins Federal Health IT Innovation Award. This company’s services are utilized by a number of large corporations as well as many governmental agencies and departments.
Lassiter & Associates, LLC is a woman-owned management consulting firm that provides strategic communications and fund development services to help organizations achieve their mission. We provide the highest levels of quality, service, reliability, and value—resulting in maximized and sustained revenue growth for our clients. Our expertise includes assessments, major gift programs, campaigns, strategic partnerships, board development, event fundraising and management, marketing and planning.
FMW Fasteners is a premier online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products and screws. They stock only premium, professional grade products by manufacturers one can trust. The mission of FMW Fasteners is simple – to offer the best available products, at competitive prices with fast, free shipping.
DigitalOcean is an American-based infrastructure company that provides cloud services to help corporations deploy and maintain applications over a network. One of the first cloud-hosting companies to provide SSD-based virtual machines, it is now the second largest hosting company for web-facing computers in the world. DigitalOcean is committed to developing simple and elegant web infrastructure and believes in developing a community, offering tutorials and other resources.
Cipher Tech Solutions is a defense and intelligence firm founded in 2006 by two Northeastern University engineering students. The firm takes pride in supporting critical projects in fields of national security, software development, and entrepreneurship. Comprised of talented software developers, they focus on one of two missions: digital forensics and malware reverse engineering. With a high standard for employees and programs, Cipher Tech has become a top competitor in their field, having participated in projects within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
Basecamp is a leading web application development company founded in 1999. The company successfully launched Basecamp, a web-based project management and collaboration tool, in 2004. With over 100,000 paying customers, Basecamp is dedicated to promoting better and more efficient communication systems. They have written New York Times Bestsellers such as REWORK advocating their unique approach to help companies grow. Their TEDtalk, Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work, has been viewed over four million times on Youtube.
Azeus Convene is a board portal that is trusted by banks, governments, public and private companies in over 30 countries. Convene aims to streamline the meeting processes and reduce risks by providing leaders easy and secure access to information and materials anywhere anytime.
Coca–Cola is the most popular and biggest-selling soft drink in history, as well as one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Created in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca–Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage at Jacob’s Pharmacy by mixing Coca–Cola syrup with carbonated water. The growing connectedness and positive leadership of the Coca-Cola Scholars network strengthens the community. Founded in 1986, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. Our organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders.