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New Vice President of Digital Engagement Brings Thirty Years of Industry Experience to FIRST®
|By Business Wire
|August 18, 2014 01:20 PM EDT
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a
not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean
Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in
science and technology, announced Mark Greenlaw as Vice President of
Digital Engagement. Greenlaw brings over 30 years of industry experience
to the FIRST leadership team, having held leadership roles in IT,
sustainability, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
education over the course of his career.
As Vice President of Digital Engagement at FIRST, Greenlaw is
responsible for setting and executing a digital and information
technology strategy that will enable FIRST to increase its
engagement and impact with students, Mentors/Coaches, and other
stakeholders, while improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Additionally, Greenlaw will leverage his STEM education experience and
extensive network to contribute to a broad set of FIRST strategic
“FIRST is pleased to welcome Mark Greenlaw as our new Vice
President of Digital Engagement,” said Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST.
“His vast experience in the IT industry and his passion for STEM
education make him a tremendous asset to our organization, and will
undoubtedly help us better serve the valued members of the FIRST community.”
Prior to joining FIRST, Greenlaw was a Vice President at
Cognizant, a Fortune 500 information technology services provider. He
was Cognizant’s Chief Information Officer until 2010 and led the
implementation of systems and processes that enabled the firm’s 10-fold
He then launched Cognizant’s STEM education, sustainability, and U.S.
campus recruiting initiatives. He created the company’s Making the
Future program, themed on the Maker Movement, which seeks to inspire
young learners in STEM disciplines through fun, hands-on learning
“I believe that inspiring young people in STEM education can help close
the nation’s achievement and opportunity gap,” said Greenlaw. “I am
proud to join an organization that is motivating young people to become
the next generation of trailblazing scientists, inventors, and
engineers. Our youth can change the world, and FIRST is helping
them discover their own capabilities and the importance of exploring
careers in STEM fields.”
Prior to Cognizant, Greenlaw held technology leadership positions at
Canaccord Genuity, Oracle, Nervewire, and Computer Sciences Corporation.
He started his career with AT&T after receiving a Bachelor of Science
degree in Operations Management from Pennsylvania State University.
In addition to his extensive career in the information technology
industry, Greenlaw also sits on Citizen’s Schools National STEM Advisory
Council and Massachusetts State Board of Advisors, and has volunteered
as a Citizen Teacher of STEM apprenticeships to sixth grade students at
an urban Boston public school.
Greenlaw is also a founding board member of the Maker Education
Initiative (MakerEd), a non-profit whose mission is to create more
opportunities for young people to foster creativity and spark interest
in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.
Accomplished inventor Dean
Kamen founded FIRST®
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989
to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.
Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative
programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while
motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology,
and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for
students in Grades 9-12; FIRST®
Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades
LEGO® League (FLL®
) for Grades 4-8; and Junior
League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious
Professionalism® is a way of doing things that
encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and
respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST,
go to www.usfirst.org.
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