Steve Dryden, Founder and CEO of The Mariner Group, to address GSSM student body

November 24, 2015

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Steve Dryden will address students during a SmartChat speaker engagement. His presentation regarding technology and homeland security will take place December 1 at 4:00 p.m. on the GSSM campus in Hartsville.

Dryden received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina. He is the founder and CEO of The Mariner Group, an information technology company focused on homeland security solutions. The Mariner Group was recently named one of 2015’s “Best Places to Work in South Carolina.” Its flagship product, CommandBridge, has been named the top seaport security solution for three years running by Government Security News. 

Dryden is a tech entrepreneur, co-founder of Agilera, LLC, and chief operating officer of Paradyme Corporation. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism as an expert witness on maritime domain awareness and vessel tracking. 

His presentation will focus on how The Mariner Group uses computer science to keep U.S. naval and shipping ports more secure.

A program of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, the SmartChat Speaker Series is designed to enhance students' education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of GSSM alumni, as well as the Palmetto State’s leading innovators in biology, chemistry, computer science, drama and film, economics, history, physics and writing.

Any media wishing to attend the SmartChat should contact Robert Fletcher, director of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, at or 843-383-3901 ext. 3907.

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