ICAD Group Hosting "Modern Marvels" Event May 10

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Showcasing the Importance of Engineering in Iowa’s Creative Corridor

On May 10, 2013, ICAD Group is providing its investors, partners and the community a unique opportunity to see firsthand how engineering is shaping the future of business in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. 

Working with the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the University of Iowa Alumni Association and local high schools, ICAD Group is hosting a three hour open house and networking reception focusing on the importance of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the workforce challenges faced by local employers.

The event will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, in the Amos Dean Ballroom at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.  The event is free, but registration is required at www.icadgroup.com/investor. 

During the event, fifteen senior design projects from the University of Iowa College of Engineering will be on display, along with department faculty and student representatives explaining their projects.  Additionally, robotics teams from local high schools will have their inventions on display, providing demonstrations and answering questions.

Mark Nolte, ICAD Group President, acknowledges the unconventional design of the group’s quarterly investor meeting, but the magnitude of the topic had to be shared.  “Think of it as a science fair, a conference, and an afternoon networking event all in one,” said Nolte.  “We know STEM careers will drive the future economy of Iowa’s Creative Corridor and we’re bringing together educators, engineers and community members to start this conversation.” 

ICAD Group has been active in STEM programming and awareness since 2010.  Currently, ICAD Group staff serves on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and work with the University of Iowa Alumni Association to host events about STEM in local industry.  Most recently, ICAD Group, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, helped sponsor three senior engineering projects at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

“The University has taken an active role in reaching out to the local business community to work better together, including these senior engineering projects” said DaLayne Williamson, ICAD Group Workforce Business Services Director.  “I’m looking forward to hosting this event, talking with employers, graduating seniors and high school students about careers and opportunities in our region.”