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Patton CEO Appointed Chair of Maryland STEM Project Advisory Committee


As a Maryland-based business whose CEO is a graduate of local schools, Patton Electronics offers many synergies with regional high schools, colleges and universities.

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Robert R. Patton
Testifying Before Congress
GAITHERSBURG, MD: Patton Electronics announced today that President and CEO, Robert R. Patton (Bobby), has accepted the role of Chair of the External Advisory Committee to the Graduate and Transfer STEM Talent Expansion Program (GT STEP) program at Montgomery College (MC).

Funded by a recently-awarded grant from the National Science foundation (NSF), the project aims to grow Maryland's science and technology workforce by increasing the stream of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.

The program also promotes transfers from MC to such partner institutions as University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP), University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) and the Universities at Shady Grove.

A native of Rockville, MD, Bobby holds a BSCS from UMCP. Accepting the appointment, Bobby commented, "As a product of Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and University of Maryland, I feel I've come full circle on this engagement."

Within that circle of symbiosis, Patton Electronics also stands to benefit from the GT STEP project. As a Maryland employer, the manufacturer of high-technology equipment recruits workers from the STEM graduate pool. 

Meanwhile, in the "giving back" category, Patton—located in the Gaithersburg Airpark—supports workforce education with regular internship opportunities for area STEM and high-school students.

"Patton's commitment towards building the workforce by engaging students from non-traditional backgrounds is laudable and expands on all the other workforce-education programs they support," said Bernadette Goovaerts, Business Development Manager, IT and Entrepreneurship at Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

With respect to economic development, Patton actively promoted legislation that helps small  businesses expand their international sales activities with funding for export-import activities.

Regarding support for academia and institutions of higher learning, Patton has quite a few irons in the fire:
  • Locally, Patton participates on the advisory board for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) National Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) and serves Capitol College as a benefactor in the annual scholarship program and Leadership Advisory Council

  • Beyond state borders, Patton is involved with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), operating a satellite office on the site. Among other activities, the company is pursuing development of a robotics research project for K-12 students

  • In 2010 Drexel presented Patton with the "Outstanding Co-op Employer of the Year" award, while MC honored Bobby (and four of his brothers) with the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Next month, Mr. Patton will address the engineering student body at York College.

About Patton

Patton is all about connections—from inception the company has connected generations in a family-owned-and-operated business. Since incorporating in 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets for connecting "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects end-customers to service-provider networks. Now headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton markets a catalog of over 1,000 products, with a focus on VoIP and Ethernet extension technologies. Today, Patton equipment is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks all over the world—interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with contemporary and next-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media networking technologies.

Here at Patton, it is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions, complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. In the field, Patton's global family of locally-present sales, support, and engineering professionals are fully-engaged in connecting our product managers with true local-market requirements. Patton works hard to connect with your world, operating regional offices in strategic locations across the globe, with training and technical-support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Vietnam, and the USA. To better reach our global customers and serve their true needs, Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. Patton… Let's Connect!

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Glendon Flowers

Patton Electronics Company
7622 Rickenbacker Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 USA
Tel: (301) 975-1000
Fax: (301) 869-9293


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