STEAM: Changing the World Events

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On Friday, April 20th, the Rotary Club of Research Triangle Park will host the first annual RTP Rotary STEAM: Changing the World Events at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and at multiple business sites around the Research Triangle Park.

The purpose of the RTP Rotary STEAM Project is to bring together the Community of the Research Triangle around a common goal of “Changing the World” through the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) worldwide. Our youth is the future and the attraction of youth to STEAM may be the most important service we as Rotarians can perform as we seek to change the world for good. The RTP Rotary STEAM Project will provide the fiscal resources this Club will need to do its part in initiating positive change in the world, and in helping to build a stronger RTP Community. Monies derived from these annual events will be used for funding local STEAM activities and international Rotary Service Projects.

The Ten Small RTP Companies Changing the World awards will be presented at the Hamner Conference Center at the NC Biotechnology Center April 20th 1 p.m.-4 p.m. an event that will also recognize five pioneer science leaders of RTP. 

The public will get an opportunity to learn more about the companies being honored at an Innovation Showcase highlighting the technologies of the selected companies, which will be held that same morning April 20th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the NC Biotechnology Center Lobby.

Company Tours Event flyer.
Press Release about this event.
Changing the World Events flyer.


Several RTP Innovative Companies are opening their doors to you for a public tour for your facility.

  • Bee Care, Computer Science, & Innovation (Track 2A/2B): Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Center, North Carolina Biotechnology Center & Red Hat (10yr +)
  • Bee Care & Innovation (Track 2C/2D): Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Center, North Carolina Biotechnology Center (10yr +)
  • Agricultural, Biotechnology, & Innovation (Track 3A/3B/3C/3D): Bayer Crop Science Green House, Syngenta Biotechnology & North Carolina Biotechnology Center (16yr +)
  • Computer Science, Agricultural, Biotechnology, & Innovation (Track 4A/4B): ToshibaGlobal Commerce Solutions, Bayer Crop Science Green House, Syngenta Biotechnology & North Carolina Biotechnology Center (16yr +)

**Events will run from 9AM-1PM specific times for each visit are listed in ticket details. Transportation is NOT provided to and from any event locations**


The details of the afternoon program Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of RTP to be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the NCBiotech's Hamner Conference Center are as follows:

  • 1:00 p.m. - Opening by Rotarian and Master of Ceremonies Sara Imhof, Ph.D., Senior Director of NCBiotech's Precision Health
  • 1:05 p.m. - Welcome from Doug Edgeton, President and CEO of NCBiotech
  • 1:15 p.m. - Honoring Five RTP Science Leaders:
    • Mansukh C. Wani, Ph.D., Principal Scientist Emeritus with RTI International, who discovered the widely used anti-cancer agents Camptothecin and Taxol.
    • Charles Hamner, DVM, Ph.D., former CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and pharmaceutical and health care consultant.
    • F. Ivy Carroll, RTI Distinguished Fellow for Medicinal Chemistry, whose contributions to anti-cancer, anti-radiation and anti-malarial research are well-documented.
    • Fred Brooks, Ph.D., Kenan Professor and founder of the UNC Department of Computer Science, known for managing the development of IBM’s System/360 family of computers and OS/360 software.
    • Mary-Dell Chilton, known for her extensive contributions to plant biotechnology and the production of the first transgenic plants.
  • 2:00 p.m. - Honor Small Innovative Companies in RTP that are Changing the World:
  • 2:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - Scott Levitan, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, will provide his vision of the future of the Research Triangle Park.
  • 3:00 p.m. - Q & A with the audience
  • 3:10 p.m. - Panel Discussion -The Future of STEAM, moderated by Richard Kouri, Ph.D., CIMS, North Carolina State University, and including panelists:
    • Kelly-Witter, EPA, STEM Outreach Program
    • Andy Taylor, Medical Innovators Collaborative
    • Stephanie Mixson-Byrd, Young Women in Biotechnology
    • Rick Smyre, Center for Communities of the Future
  • 4:00 p.m. - Networking wine and cheese reception
  • 5:00 p.m. - Adjourn


Large Companies: Bayer CropScience, Biogen, Cisco Systems, Genworth, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM Corporation, NetApp, Novogene, Syngenta, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, Red Hat, RTI International, Underwriters Laboratories

Small Companies: Brentwood 401k LLC, Best Life Global

Rotary Partner Organizations: Research Triangle High School, Sigma Xi, Kramden Institute, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, National Humanities Center, STEM in the Park, Research Triangle Foundation

Federal Government: EPA-RTP STEM Outreach Program, NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US Environmental Protection Agency


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STEAM: Changing the World Events - Company Tours and Innovation Showcase
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The RTP Community Past, Present and Future - Panel Discussion & Networking Reception
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Please note that transportation is not provided to and from any event locations.


Hamner Conference Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27703

Free - See Registration below