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Kumar Garg a Senior Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. In particular, Garg leads President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. As part of Educate to Innovate—which already has secured over $700 million in private sector commitments—Garg works with a broad range of industry, foundations, philanthropists, states, non-profits, professional societies, and federal agencies to build on the President’s call to action.

Prior to his time in government, Garg worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. He served as a supervising clinical lecturer at Yale Law School, supervising students in complex litigation in education. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in political science and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Mary Pat Moyer, Founder, CEO and Chief Science Officer, INCELL Corporation (1993) is a biomedical scientist, entrepreneur, and educator who has been a community activist for biotechnology business and education since the 1970s. She directs INCELL’s efforts as an emerging biopharmaceutical company that is a registered manufacturer with FDA and sells products worldwide. She leads INCELL’s collaborator and contractor relationships for developing new cell therapies, personalized medicines, and microbiology products, including non-needle vaccines. Moyer supports in-house training of interns and consultants for national and international government agencies, universities and industry in areas ranging from biotechnology education to leading edge research to clinical trials. She has over 200 scientific publications; is president of the regional bio-organization, the San Antonio Life Science Association (SALSA); and has co-founded several for profit and nonprofit entities.  Her recognitions include multiple entrepreneur and service awards including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year; International Athena Award; “Women of Voice and Vision,” and one of the “Top Ten Texas CEOs in Life Sciences.” She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she served as a faculty member for 20 years as director, Center for Human Cell Biotechnology, division head for Surgical Research, and professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Molecular Medicine.  Moyer received a BS and MS in Biology from Florida Atlantic University, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Donald McCoy is an engineer, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for K-to-College technical education and workplace diversity. His passion and determination is focused on helping young people discover the personal satisfaction, excitement, and rewards found in acquiring knowledge and giving back. His work with administrators and teachers help prepare students for real-world rigor, relevance, and relationship in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professions.

McCoy graduated from the College of the Albemarle Community College in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with an AAS in Electrical and Electronics Technology in 1976. Following, he earned a BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

McCoy retired from IBM after thirty years of service with experiences in electrical engineering and responsibilities in people, project, and program management assignments in 2009. His career included corporate headquarters assignments and a two-year international assignment to IBM England (UK). His last ten years at IBM were spent in corporate headquarters focused on K-to-College STEM initiatives and outreach programs designed to increase the representation of diverse technical talent in the workplace. Programs and projects included facilitating STEM workshops, technology camps, career fairs, conferences, and mentoring programs.  

Today, McCoy is a K-to-College STEM Education Consultant serving on projects with NASA, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, NC A&T State University, North Carolina State University, and K-12 schools. He serves on six STEM focused advisory boards and committees, including the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education.

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