Fall line up at Capitol College focuses on women in engineering, and fraud and ethics in leadership
Capitol College’s Innovation and Leadership Institute will host two distinguished speakers this fall, focusing on topics such as women in engineering, and fraud and ethics in leadership.
On Sept. 13, Dr. Andrea Razzaghi, a mission manager at NASA, will speak about her experiences working on the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), part of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) program, and discuss women in engineering.
On Nov. 3, Rick Maltz, president of the Maltz Group, will cover the topic of fraud and ethics in leadership, a topic that carries heavy importance in both government and business throughout all technology sectors.
“I find this fall’s lineup especially interesting considering the rise of women in engineering classes here on campus, pertaining to Dr. Razzaghi’s topic,” Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement, said. “Also, ethics in leadership is always a topic of interest for our students who seek to achieve success as technology leaders, and Rick Maltz’s background and experience shows he is a top authority on this subject.”
All Speaker Series events will be held in room L102 of the Puente Library at 12 p.m.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctor of science in information assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.
About the Speakers
Andrea Razzaghi is the assistant director of the Planetary Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, which advances scientific knowledge of the origin and history of the solar system, the potential of life elsewhere, and the hazards and resources present as humans explore space. Most recently, Razzaghi has worked in the Explorers Program Office as the mission manager for two astrophysics missions, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which launched in 2009 and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which is currently under development for an early 2012 launch.
Razzaghi started her career first at a Navy consulting firm, and then at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an electromechanical engineer, where she contributed to a number of successful missions including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS) and Cassini. She moved into Goddard’s project management organization in 1992, where she has held several key positions, most importantly as instrument manager for the Microwave Imager on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and as the observatory manager for the Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura mission; both projects are still operating and providing valuable earth science. She has also served as a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Razzaghi’s educational background is in mechanical engineering, earning her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her master’s from The Catholic University of America.
Rick Maltz, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), is president of The Maltz Group, a total solutions provider of services including consulting, investigations, training, awareness and communications, and specializing in the areas of fraud, security, workplace violence, ethics and loss prevention. Maltz started his career with the Howard County Police Department in Maryland, where he worked a number of assignments in Field Operations and Administrative Services and was named Howard County Police Officer of the Year in 1994.
More recently, Maltz served as vice president of security and investigations in the Office of Ethics and Compliance at U.S. Foodservice, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. During his time at U.S. Foodservice, Maltz held the company’s first security and safety manager position, was responsible for establishing the Corporate Safety and Security Department and implemented many policies, procedures and programs including workplace violence, asset protection and loss prevention. In 2004, Maltz joined the newly created Office of Ethics and Compliance (OEC) as director of investigations. As part of the OEC’s leadership team, he helped establish the company’s ethics, compliance and investigation programs, and was promoted to vice president in 2006 where he assumed responsibility for both security and investigations. After leaving U.S. Foodservice in 2009, he served as the chief investigator in charge at the American Red Cross in Washington, DC prior to founding the Maltz Group in 2010.
Maltz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, University College and a master’s degree in applied behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of several organizations including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (CHS III). He is a former board member of the National Foodservice Security Council and currently serves on the ASIS Workplace Violence Guideline Committee and Howard Community College’s CARES committee, the President’s Advisory Committee for the Maryland Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, and is on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Police Foundation.