GTRI Employees Help Judge Annual Science Fair

Published: February 15, 2012

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Several Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees served as judges for the Cobb-Paulding Regional Science Fair, held at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, north of Atlanta.

GTRI Chief of Staff Tom Horton, Principal Research Engineer David Millard, Principal Research Associate John Maguire and Principal Research Engineer John Daher helped judge the middle school portion of the science fair, held Jan. 28, 2012. The event include schools from Paulding and Cobb counties.

The four, who have judged the event for several years, volunteer their time on behalf of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

“AFCEA has long supported education in science, computing and engineering with scholarships at the college level and with Science Teaching Tools Awards and Science Fair judges for K through 12 STEM programs,” said Horton, a member of the local chapter board, as well as a board and executive committee member at AFCEA International. “It’s another way for GTRI to be represented in the STEM community.”

For 2012, 76 students entered projects in the fair, with 54 receiving awards. AFCEA presented two students—Daniel Grantham and Praveen Dolluweera—with special awards for outstanding projects in engineering-related categories. The fair includes 17 total project categories, such as electrical engineering, materials engineering, energy, physics, astronomy and mathematics.