On Saturday 21 January 2017, INCOSE SoMD Chapter participated in the organization and judging for the thirteenth consecutive year of the St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to Planning and Sponsoring the Fair by John Walker, SoMD Chapter Director, Karl Geist, Chapter Treasurer led a three person team by reviewing the 129 projects, selecting 6 winners, and presenting the Chapter’s Systems Engineering Cash Awards. All projects from the 21 different Categories in the Fair, which included Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Embedded Systems, Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Sciences, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Systems Software, and Translation Medical Sciences were reviewed and considered for the awards. This year 5 Junior Projects were selected for interviews by Karl Geist and Greg Olson, and 7 Senior Projects were selected for interviews by Karl Geist, Greg Olson, and Jim Wetzel to determine the 6 INCOSE Winners. At the Awards Ceremony, Karl Geist presented the awards to the Senior High Division winning students Braedon Myers’ First Place Project “UFR (Unmanned First Responder)”, Natalie Wolfe’s Second Place Project “Strike Sensing System’, and Kathryn McCurdy’s Honorable Mention Project “Automatic Window Washer”, and the Junior High Division winning students Ryan Williams’ First Place Project “Remotely Op. Planetary Exploration Rover”, Tom Wilson’s Second Place Project ” Something Here is Fishy”, and Ria Sharma’s Honorable Mention Project “Solar Powered Water Desalination”. These winners will be part of an Award Reception Sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership and INCOSE SoMD Chapter on the 21 February 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Great Mills Highs School. Thank you again to the Judges, and Congratulations again to all the winners. Please register for this event HERE
I was one of the judges that evaluated over 200 projects at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) this year in Phoenix AZ. It has been a passion of mine to participate this INCOSE endeavor since 2009 because of all the exceptional good projects you get see and exceptional students you get to meet. Relatively few get their names called to the international award stage compared to the number that deserve it. It is my pleasure to honor Alexander Wulff from Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles. New York. He was one of our INCOSE honorable Mentions that are not called up on stage.
I was lucky growing up never breaking a bone and needing a cast; however my sister had a tragic leg injury that required many pins and a cast for six months at a time. I wish the technology in Alexander’s system was is use at the time. This project dealt with adding low powered and cost sensors to casts that give an alert when abnormal moisture, pressure and temperature are encountered which could indicate an infection or other medical problem that would require medical attention. To me that would be enough but Alexander is taking it a step further by adding two mode elector stimulus. The first mode has been shown to keep muscles from atrophy which is common in cast bound limbs and the second mode has been shown to help bones knit together faster. He still has some work left to do but the World can certainly use a cast that reduces the infection complications from casts, decreases the time needed in a cast and also reduces the therapy time needed once the cast is been removed.
Great work Alexander!
The Patuxent Partnership and the Southern Maryland Chapter of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) invite you to join us at the 2016 St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Special Awards Reception Honoring the Middle and High School TPP and INCOSE Award winners!
Special Guest Speaker
Dr. David Kung, Professor of Mathematics, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Come check out the amazing projects these students have designed.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
4:30 p.m. Student project set up
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM),22156 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653
Advance registration is requested to manage catering and seating.
A $5 registration fee is requested to help cover the cost of refreshments. Payment can be made via credit card when registering or at the door.
Start Date & Time: 08 Mar 2016 at 17:00
End Date & Time: 08 Mar 2016 at 18:30
Event Cost: $5.00
All attendees can register at: http://paxpartnership.org/index.cfm?action=CL2&CalFunction=CLPR&CEID=1722 <http://paxpartnership.org/index.cfm?action=CL2&CalFunction=CLPR&CEID=1722>
Jaret Williams from Great Mills High School returns to the St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair with another great project titled “Ultrasonic Backup Sensor” The system is titled appropriately and his project focused on the number and placement of sensors to give the optimal coverage for the auto safety device. At this point he was using a bread board controller and the family truck to map the coverage. This system impressed the judges as did Jaret’s presentation and he was awarded the INCOSE Honorable Mention award in the Senior Division. He also received a Senior First Place from the Fair’s Embedded Systems category judges and the Senior Division’s Best Presentation Enrichment Award. He was selected as one of the Senior Division participants to go on to the Prince Georges Area Fair (PGASF) and competed for more prizes and also a spot in going to the International Science and Engineering fair (ISEF). INCOSE foundation gives an award at ISEF and some of our local winners have gone on to win it.
Join us at Joint INCOSE and TPP reception on 8th of March at he Patuxent Air Museum. The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet Jaret and his wonderful project. Please help this gifted student on his way to PGASF.
Varun Kataria from Great Mills High School returns to the St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair with another great project titled “How Sweet It Is” The system underdevelopment is planned to be an implanted artificial pancreas. At this point he was using a bread board controller to allow for the testing and balancing of pH as an analog for blood sugar and insulin. This system impressed the judges as did Varun’s presentation and he was awarded the 2nd Place INCOSE award in the Senior Division. He also received a Senior Second Place from the Fair’s Biomedical Health Sciences category judges. He was selected as one of the Senior Division participants to go on to the Prince Georges Area Fair (PGASF) and competed for more prizes and also a spot in going to the International Science and Engineering fair (ISEF). INCOSE foundation gives an award at ISEF and some of our local winners have gone on to win it.
Join us at Joint INCOSE and TPP reception on 8th of March at he Patuxent Air Museum. The information on that has not been finalized but check back so you can come and meet Varun and his wonderful project. Please help this gifted student on his way to PGASF.