Donald Steiner Memorial Fund

In loving memory of Donald DeWitt Steiner, this Gofundme site is to raise college funds for Donald’s youngest son, Emmanuel.  He is graduating from high school this coming June, 2018 and plans to attend college in the fall.

About Donald:  I have worked with Donald the past 10 years.  For those whom never had the privilege of working with him, he was a brilliant, kind and humble man.  I was able to see first hand some of the profound abilities he demonstrated through his work.  His contributions and leadership were beyond impressive.  

Donald studied and received a BA in German and a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Donald also holds a BS, MS, and PhD in mathematics from Iowa State University. Donald led research & development in applied cognitive systems technologies and developed one of the first cognitive cybersecurity products that transitioned fundamental research to the marketplace. Donald drove innovation and built teams of university researchers and small businesses. He has over 60 publications and over 10 inventions and patents in advanced analytics technologies. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Donald led research in intelligent-agents and multi-agent systems at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany as well as other small high tech start-up companies in California and Delaware.

When reflecting on Donald’s life and passions, education and academics was something he valued greatly. Therefore, it seemed fitting to raise funds for his son Emmanuel to further his education as a tribute to Donald’s life.  We also hope this will relieve some burden on Blanca as she focuses on getting through the days ahead.

My hope is to raise $25,000 to aid Emmanuel’s future college education needs as he goes on to study computer science.  He is already teaching programming to young children at the Coder Kids in McLean and looks forward to learning more in college.  
Donald leaves behind Blanca, his wife of 30 years, his sons Modesto and Emmanuel, a daughter Crystal, and three grandchildren, Sterling, Sebastian, and Trinity. 

Blanca is a woman of faith and I find great comfort in knowing that we share faith in Christ. Blanca has a wonderful support system through the people of the St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Mclean. Please continue to pray for the family, as they all need our support! 

I encourage those who were impacted by Donald’s life to contribute to this education goal of $25,000 for his son Emmanuel’s future college expenses.  Thank you!  

 Missing you Donald.  You are gone too soon!

Mark Adams (friend and colleague)




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  • Jason Williams  
    • $25 
    • 31 mos
  • Patricia Beane 
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
  • Stefan Falke 
    • $250 
    • 31 mos
  • A. Aksel 
    • $40 
    • 32 mos
  • Kathleen Manning 
    • $1,000 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Mark Adams 
Leesburg, VA
Blanca Robles 
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