Friday, July 1, 2011

SDM’s Charles Iheagwara’s Double Celebration

By Lois Slavin, SDM Communications Director

On Friday, June 3, 2011, MIT SDM student Dr. Charles Iheagwara attended two important celebrations. The night before, he accepted the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award on behalf of Unatek, Inc., where he is chief marketing and business development officer. Unatek, which designs and implements network security systems to protect IT infrastructure, received the prize in the "Homeland Security" category.

After accepting the award at the Center Club in Baltimore, Dr. Iheagwara flew to Cambridge, MA, to participate in MIT’s commencement exercises, where he formally graduated from SDM and received an SM in engineering and management.

“It is fair to say that the award to Unatek would have been impossible
without applying the knowledge and education I received from MIT SDM,” said Dr. Iheagwara, who earned a PhD prior to matriculating in the SDM program. “Consequently, I am dedicating the award to the entire MIT SDM community and wish to share my joy with the community as we celebrate this coveted award.”

Congratulations, Charles!

Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) officials with award winners, from left to right: Shawn Branch, Project Coordinator, TEDCO; Robbie Melton, Director, Entrepreneurial Innovation, TEDCO; Charlotte Ducksworth, Director, Prince George's County Small Business Initiative & Technology Assistance Center; Philip Bogart, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP; Charles Iheagwara, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Unatek, Inc.; Robert Rosenbaum, President, TEDCO.
TEDCO is a sponsor of the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award. 
Photo courtesy of TEDCO.

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