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May 29, 2015
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City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
Congratulations to local tech company on their CRCF awards
Instructor Positions open at Massanutten Technical Center (MTC)
Virginia SPQA Workshop at BRCC
VLDS INSIGHTS Conference, June 30, 2015
City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer
SVTC's May Bits and Grits (June 16)
WISPA Board Member (and SVTC Member) Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2015 Session.
Member news:...Cadence, Inc. to Host JMU's 4-Week Quality Management Summer Course
Did you miss our luncheon on May 27?


Check out the presentation given by David Ihrie, CTO of the Center for Innovative Technology: The Internet of Things & Privacy 


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Congratulations to a Harrisonburg tech company and Dr. Sven Brueckner and Michael Markulec on their CRCF awards


Governor McAuliffe Announces Research Commercialization Awards


~ Investments target research and commercialization activities to spur innovation ~


RICHMONDGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling more than $2.8 million to fund targeted areas of promising research and commercialization, including advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and energy and life sciences.


Governor McAuliffe said"The CRCF program advances research with potential for economic growth in Virginia. In order to compete with other states and globally, we must focus on early stage economic development. These investments are planting seeds that are helping us grow the new Virginia economy."  


Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson added"CRCF provides seed funding necessary to advance cutting-edge research and promote the commercialization of exciting new technologies." 


Managed by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the CRCF is aligned with and guided by the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap.  During this round, applications were invited under six programs -- Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement, Matching Funds, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Matching Funds and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Matching Funds -- to support the private sector, academia and nonprofit research institutes across the state.


The following CRCF proposals will be awarded, contingent upon acceptance of award terms and conditions:


Commercialization Program


  • AXON AI, LLC (Harrisonburg), Echosight Modeling and Prediction Software, Dr. Sven Brueckner, $50,000, Modeling and Simulation
  • Axon Ghost Sentinel (Harrisonburg), Internet-of-Things Security, Mr. Michael Markulec, $50,000, Cybersecurity
  • CyberRock Inc. (Clifton), CyberTrack: Automated Attack Attribution across Large-Scale Networks in Real Time, Dr. Xinyuan Wang, $50,000, Cybersecurity
  • DialySensors LLC (Floyd), Dialysensing: Improving the Efficacy and Patient Outcomes of Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis through the Use of Raman Spectroscopy and Multivariate Statistical Analysis, Dr. John Robertson, $50,000, Life Sciences
  • eTrans2020, Inc. (Fairfax), Connected Vehicle Validation and Security, Mr. Manuel Villar, $50,000, Cybersecurity
  • Ischemalert, LLC (Herndon), Point-of-Care Device for Detection of Acute Cardiac Ischemia, Mr. Gerard Eldering, $49,776, Life Sciences
  • Key Cybersecurity, Inc. (Dumfries), CyberMerlin - Illicit File Activity (IFA) Detection Solution, Mr. Shawn Key, $50,000, Cybersecurity
  • RioGin (Charlottesville), In Vivo Validation of PYY Antiobesity Drug with Weekly Administration, Dr. Cyrille Gineste, $50,000, Life Sciences
  • RioGin (Charlottesville), Long-Lasting HIV Entry Inhibitors, Dr. Cyrille Gineste, $50,000, Life Sciences
  • Syncurity Corporation (Falls Church), Syncurity Forensic Artifact Collection, Mr. Jean Bourget, $50,000, Cybersecurity
  • Tympanogen (Norfolk), A Novel Gel Patch for Nonsurgical Treatment of Eardrum Perforations, Dr. Elaine Horn-Ranney, $49,489, Life Sciences
More categories and their winners, along with award recipients from previous solicitations, can also be accessed at 


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Instructor Positions open at Massanutten Technical Center (MTC)
Harrisonburg, VA


Instructor - Part-Time Computer Repair and Networking Instructor, MTC

Licensed - High School - Career and Technical Education - Technology Education

Job Number 3700065084

  • 8:15 a.m.-11:45a.m. daily schedule 
  • 10 month contract 
  • Should have A+/Net+ Experience 
  • Cisco Experience Preferred 
  • Work experience in the field preferred


Instructor - Visual Effects and Computer 3-D Animation, MTC

Licensed - High School - Career and Technical Education - Technology Education

Job Number 3700065099

High School Visual Effects and Computer 3D Animation Instructor:  

  • Full-time, 11 month position 
  • Preferred experience in computer animation, storyboards, digital visualization, graphics, computer modeling, and interactive animation.

See the job openings for MTC


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Virginia SPQA Workshop at BRCC
June 9-10, Weyers Cave, VA


If you are interested in the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, Virginia SPQA is offering a 2-day workshop at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave on June 9 and June 10 - "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Framework".

Virginia SPQA offers Baldrige Excellence Framework training events publically and on-site at organizations. 

Public Offerings occur, subject to demand, regionally at various locations across Virginia.

The standard public offering is "An Inquirer's Guide to the Baldrige Excellence Framework." This two-day course offers an in-depth review of the Framework, which includes the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is a pre-requisite for new Examiners and highly recommended for individuals who wish to be proficient in the Framework. Registration fees include lunch. 

To learn more about Virginia SPQA Training Programs, visit their site, contact or call 571.215.8881. 


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June 30, Fredericksburg, VA


The VLDS Insights Conference is back for the third edition in 2015. Among other data insights, the 2015 conference will highlight new partner agencies that have joined VLDS and fresh opportunities that will come from those new partnerships. The conference opens at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of VLDS. Sessions run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.


DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: University of Mary Washington: Stafford Campus
(125 University Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22406)

The conference offers a full agenda covering a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The Story of VLDS in High Schools and Colleges
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia's Outlook on Data
  • Privacy and Security
  • Statewide Instructional Improvement System
  • Using VLDS to predict 8th grade outcomes for VA's preschoolers
  • When is new research enough to warrant change in policy?
  • The Return on Investment of Virginia's Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Data-Driven Support for Students on the Path to College: Identifying useful variables for college planning throughout high schools
  • Using SOL Data to Inform Program Impact
  • Exciting sessions still being added!

Register Now!


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City of Staunton Hiring Systems Engineer

Now Open, Staunton, VA


Do you like a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and making things happen? The City of Staunton is seeking applicants for Systems Engineer II. The selected candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for the "care and feeding" of servers, desktops, networks and telephony; providing quality customer support, systems maintenance, implementation, and coordination with vendors and the rest of the IT team. Applicants should possess the ability to analyze, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems, excel in a team environment, and communicate effectively. 


Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline. The City's infrastructure is primarily Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL server. Experience in these areas is highly desired. 

Hiring range is DOQ/E (+) excellent benefits package, including health insurance and retirement.
Candidates may apply online at Position is open until filled with first review of applications occurring on April 12, 2015. EOE. 




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SVTC's Bits and Grits
June 16, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA


Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.


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WISPA Board Member (and SVTC Member) Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
Commission reaps the voice of the fixed wireless Internet industry


**Congratulations, Alex!!**

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement, and unity of the fixed wireless Internet service provider (WISP) industry, today announced that WISPA Vice President, Alex Phillips, has been appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve on its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). 

The purpose of the CAC is to make recommendations regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and to facilitate the participation of all consumers in proceedings before the Commission. Meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page.

Alex Phillips has been in the Internet industry since 1995, working from the downtown area of Harrisonburg Virginia. In 2001 he started a fixed wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) business,, which was the first to bring broadband to rural areas of the Shenandoah Valley. The company deployed in unserved and under-served markets of the Shenandoah Valley spanning three counties. In addition to broadband proliferation, Phillips demonstrated at the National Defense University STAR-TIDES events in the past as well as AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) to show the benefits of TV white space systems as a way to restore communications after a disaster, anywhere in the world.

Phillips has been a member of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) since 2009 and a Board member since 2011. He is also the current Vice President of WISPA and the FCC Committee Chairman of the Association. He primarily works with WISPA staff and other committee members to file comments and adopt change at the FCC regarding regulatory issues that affect the challenges of deploying broadband Internet in rural America.

"WISPA is very pleased to have one of our Board members serve on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee. The ability to communicate FCC intentions will provide a better understanding for both the Commission and the consumer," said Chuck Hogg, President of WISPA. "On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to congratulate Alex on this very important committee. He will be a great liaison for the CAC, the fixed wireless Internet industry and the customers that it serves." 

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA's advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit


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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2015 Session

Fall 15 Cohort to Begin on September 8th



May 12, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2015 (F15) Cohort beginning September 8th. The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. 


MACH37™ encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the F15 Cohort. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies.


Upon acceptance into the program, participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.  Following completion of the program and a successful Demo Day presentation, the CIT GAP Fund will match up to $100,000 of outside investment for companies located in Virginia.  MACH37 companies will benefit from ongoing access to the MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will receive support throughout the life of their enterprise.


Since MACH37™ was launched in 2013, the accelerator has accepted four classes of startups to participate in the program. The Spring 2015 Cohort is currently in session and will culminate with a Demo Day on June 2nd, 2015. Following the graduation of the S15 class, MACH37™ will have helped create 22 new cybersecurity companies.


Rick Gordon, MACH37™ Managing Partner, said, "MACH37 provides a unique program that allows entrepreneurs to validate their disruptive cybersecurity concepts and prepare their companies for investment. The program brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors familiar to the security market to create a platform that enables next generation technology to be deployed more rapidly. For the upcoming Fall 2015 Cohort, we are looking for companies who are developing innovative approaches to the evolving issues we are facing in cybersecurity."


MACH37™ is looking for candidates that:


·        Are building a disruptive information security technology product

·        Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success

·        Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls

·        Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital

·        Are willing to be in VA for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full time

·        Are ideally comprised of a team of 2-4


To apply, visit and fill-out the online application.  Participants are highly encouraged to apply by June 1st. The team will begin reviewing applications in early June and will begin extending offers to interview.  For more information, please direct inquiries to or visit


MACH37™ is the leading business accelerator focused exclusively on information security innovations and startups. It brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors to create a platform for innovators and their startups to rapidly develop themselves into promising companies prepared for financing.


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Member news: 

Cadence, Inc. to Host JMU's 4-Week Quality Management Summer Course

Staunton, VA (May 19, 2015) -- James Madison University (JMU) students enrolled in the Quality Management course this summer will receive first-hand industrial experience with their class being held at Cadence's Virginia facility over the next four weeks.  Students will examine the industrial work cell, as well as value stream mapping, line sequencing, and economic order quantity calculations -- all in an effort to help optimize the industrial work cell flow project.


"This is a terrific opportunity for these students," stated Tom Nelli, VP of Manufacturing for Cadence's Virginia facility. "They will walk away with a better understanding of work cell management by experiencing it first-hand with actual scenarios in our facility, combined with getting to work directly with Cadence's engineering and operations staff."


This course is another great way for Cadence, Inc. to give back to its community and plans to continue to do so in the future. 


About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence imagines things others cannot, builds things others will not and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. We bring together people and solutions in ways no other company can. Hand to hand with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we are inventing new things using science and innovation to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.



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