The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Fellow, Dr. Melanie Will-Cole, spearheaded an initiative last year that brought together high school girls from Aberdeen's Science and Math Academy with professional women who have had successful careers in STEM fields.

Plans are currently underway for the 2012 ARL Young Women in Science and Engineering College and Career Workshop. Harford County defense contractor Battelle and Aberdeen High School have teamed with ARL to plan this year's event, which is designed to inform and encourage girls to continue academic and vocational interests in STEM fields, and help them identify mentors as they pursue future plans.