College & Career Readiness Symposium

Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) is a college and career readiness symposium that provides a space for students typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to connect with business leaders, colleges, government, and potential employers.

Each ATLAS event offers meaningful opportunities for businesses, professionals, and volunteers to engage with the ATLAS audience as well supporters from local, state, and national companies.

Since 2013 Learning Undefeated has hosted ten ATLAS events, engaging nearly 1,500 high school and college students in meaningful dialogues about STEM career options and the educational pathways required to reach those career goals.

ATLAS plays an important role in increasing awareness of STEM to promote rewarding and high paying jobs within Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. ATLAS is addressing a critical business need in Maryland, which requires a strong pipeline of skilled STEM workers to power the state’s growing science and technology business.

ATLAS 2019

November 9, 2019

Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

For more information or to get involved:

Alejandro Cardemil
Vice President of Development
& Strategic Partnerships

Register: ATLAS Expo

Who Participates in ATLAS?

  • Anyone who wants to spread the word about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and STEM careers
  • Companies who employ recent graduates with degrees in STEM fields
  • Companies with internship, job-shadowing, and/or mentorship programs
  • Companies with a strong demand for entry-level and middle-skills employees
  • Organizations who want to raise awareness about STEM careers
  • Two- and four-year colleges, universities, after school programs, and other student resources
  • Military recruiters with opportunities in STEM careers

ATLAS 2018: Video

Schedule: ATLAS 2019

As of September 23, 2019

9:00 – 10:45 AM Expo Setup

10:00 – 10:50 AM Morgan State University STEM Festival Welcoming Ceremony

  • Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the House of Maryland
  • Dr. David Wilson, President, Morgan State University
  • Louie Lopez, Department of Defense, Director of STEM
  • Brian Gaines, CEO, Learning Undefeated

10:50 – 11:10 AM

Students walk from Murphy Fine Arts Building to Student Center, led by Morgan State University student ambassadors

11:00 – 4:00 PM Expo Hall Open & Drop Anywhere Lab open for STEM festival visitors

11:15 – 12:00 PM Young STEM Professionals Tell All!

How did you get your first job in a STEM field? Did you feel prepared for your job with what you had learned at school? How much money do you make? What perks does your company offer? What classes should I take? Five young STEM professionals will answer your burning questions about STEM as a career path in this lively, talk-show style session. And you’ll be able to submit your own questions, too! Open to all high school students.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch & Expo

The time to think about your future is today! In the expo hall, meet companies with internship and job opportunities and talk with STEM professionals who might be able to connect you with jobs after graduation.

Win an Amazon gift card! Collect a stamp from all of our ATLAS exhibitors and drop off your completed Expo Passport at the Drop Anywhere Lab (parked on the main circle outside of the student center) to claim your #STEMLegend sunglasses and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

While you’re at the Drop Anywhere Lab, post a selfie with #DropAnywhereLabs #STEMLegend on Instagram or Twitter for a second chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

1:00 – 1:45 PM Hands-On Workshop: Crime Scene Investigation at our Borders (presented by Learning Undefeated)

Forensic scientists have many exciting jobs, and some specialize in making sure that our borders are safe from illegal activities including poaching and unethical fishing practices. In this workshop, you will get to explore the connection between laboratory science and environmental protection by analyzing amplified shark DNA using gel electrophoresis. Open to all high school students.

4:00 PM Expo Hall Closes

About the ATLAS Expo

Expo companies interact with students, teachers, company representatives, and elected officials to share information about STEM and STEM careers. Exhibitors normally provide the following information for ATLAS participants.

  • Giveaways with company logo
  • Information about job and internship availabilities
  • Examples and demonstrations of your organization’s products and services
  • Short experiments, models, or hands-on activities if relevant
  • Information about mentoring and job shadowing programs
  • Scholarship information
  • Information about educational programs and career advancement opportunities
  • Two- and four-year colleges, universities, after school programs, and other student resources
  • Military recruiters with opportunities in STEM careers

Participation in the ATLAS Expo is free for exhibitors. Each expo participant will receive the following materials/equipment, at no cost: 6-foot table, two chairs, wireless internet access, listing in program materials and on expo passport. Limited power access is also available. For more information about the expo, contact Ali Main (

November 2018 | Montgomery College, Germantown, MD

November 2017 | College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD

May 2017 | University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

November 2016 | University of Maryland BioPark, Baltimore, MD

November 2015 | Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD

May 2015 | The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD

April 2015 | University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

November 2014 | University of Maryland, College Park, MD

May 2014 | University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

November 2013 | Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD

Aprille Ericsson, NASA

Bahija Jallal, MedImmune/AstraZeneca

Eileen Whelan, WJLA7& News Channel 8

Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive

JoAnn A. Suzich, AstraZeneca

Justin Rice, NASA

LaTara Harris, AT&T

Maria Martinez, Respira Inc.

Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George’s County Executive

Stephanie C. Hill, Lockheed Martin

Timothy B. Warner, Montgomery Co Public Schools

U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen

U.S. Congressman John Delaney

U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

Vennard Wright, Prince George’s County

Vennard Wright, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Wallace D. Loh, University of Maryland

William “Brit” Kirwan, University System of Maryland

The following is a partial list of exhibitors, sponsors, and partners from our ATLAS events.

A+ Garden Centre

A. James Clark School of Engineering

American Dental Education Association

Anatomy Gifts Registry

Assateague State Park




Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools

College Park Aviation Museum


Curie and Franklin Innovation Academy

Destiny Aviation Services

Emergent BioSolutions

Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences@NIH

George Washington University


Hood College

Hungry Harvest

IEC Chesapeake

Iron Bow Technologies

J. Craig Venture Institute

John Hopkins University

Lockheed Martin

Maryland Forest Service

Maryland STEM Festival



National Aquarium


NASA Goddard Flight Center


Orca Intelligence

Oxon Hill High School

Per Schola

Prince George’s Community College

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Pure Technologies

Shades of Blue

Startup Shell

Stevenson University

Summerset County Public Schools

Tech Council of Maryland

The Science Advisory Board

University of Maryland

UMES School of Pharmacy

US Army

US Fish and Wildlife Service

USDA – Natural Resources Conservationist

W.R. Grace & Co.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Whiting Turner

WR Grace


Wor-Wic Community College

Young Women in Bio

5Starr Enterprise