APG Forester receives NMTC Vision Award

Forester Scott English, with the APG Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works was one of several APG civilians honored with Visionary Awards from the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council Feb. 23. | U.S. Army photo

A forester with the APG Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch was awarded a Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, or NMTC, Visionary Award during a ceremony at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Thursday, Feb. 23.

The NMTC presents Visionary Awards annually to community role models who advance STEM education or technology and innovation to benefit the community.

Scott English, with the Environmental Division, was commended for initiating a program to broaden the scope of the installation’s STEM outreach. According to the award citation, English coordinated with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Army Research Laboratory, Army Public Health Center, and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, to integrate Agricultural-STEM, or AgSTEM, activities. He is also securing financial resources for summer internships for high school students and he has initiated discussions with the University of Maryland Extension Office, the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and Harford Community College to develop AgSTEM internships in 2018.

A Harford County native, English has been with APG since 1986, after two years at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He’s seen installation environmental efforts blossom and develop into today’s thriving remediation and environmental stewardship-based missions.

“APG scientists and engineers have been doing this for years,” English said. “Students from all over have been working with the program. Now that we’re getting the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources workforce more involved, it’s really taking off.”

The recognition is appreciated, English added.

“This type of work is near and dear to my heart,” he said. “If you look at this area of the Bay, a lot of it involves Aberdeen Proving Ground and every day there’s something we can do to make things better.”

Tasked with the mission to ensure animal and plant life are not negatively impacted by APG test missions, and vice-versa, English said the high number of active species on the installation as well as its thousands of acres of plant life and vegetation makes it challenging.

“I do this because I like to make a difference. I’m working on the health of the environment and I’m helping the Army accomplish its missions at the same time.”

He added that he’s living his dream because this is what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said the opportunity to spread interest into the educational community is an extra-added bonus.

“We’re providing a viable environment sustainable for wildlife and available for testing,” he said. “They go hand-in-hand. “

Awards and honorees

The Visionary Awards consist of five categories: Visionary; Mentor; Leader; Innovator: and Rising Star.

“We honor remarkable people who continue to play key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of STEM education and technology,” said NMTC Board Chair, Michael Parker. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”

Other APG honorees included:

Leader

Joan Michel, retired APG civilian and managing partner, Profile Partners

Dr. Patrick McNutt, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

Dr. John Suarez, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center

Innovator

Scott English, Directorate of Public Works, APG Garrison

Mentor

John Nierwinski, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity

Rising Star

Jerry Crabb, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

To learn more about NMTC contact Executive Director John Casner at john.casner@nmtc.org or call 410-638-4466.

By Yvonne Johnson, APG News