ASEE Annual Conference Main Plenary featuring Keynote Speaker Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
A Presentation of the 2014 ASEE President’s Award to Ioannis Miaoulis and the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.
Ken Galloway also will be recognizing the National Student Award Winners.
Kate Randolph and Mallory Miller, Xavier College Preparatory School 2014 honorees from Engineering Programs in Community Service (EPICS), Purdue University
Kate Randolph is a senior at Xavier College Preparatory. She has been studying in the EPICS High program at Xavier for three years and will be continuing on into college to obtain a mechanical engineering degree with a minor in sustainability. EPICS High is a fundamental part of her education and it has helped her become the student she is and plans to continue as.
Mallory Miller is a seventeen year old rising senior at Xavier College Preparatory. She has been participating in EPICS for three years now and has been involved with a variety of projects during that time. She is interested in engineering because she excels in science, math and creativity in hands-on projects. This field is appealing to her because she enjoys working with a group where the details are a combination of inputs of many different people. Engineering is a crucial part to the improvement of the world and she would love to be involved with something that important. To be specific, she is hoping to major in chemical engineering after high school because of her interest in both chemistry and engineering.
Issac Kim, North Hollywood High School, 2014 Winner of the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Competition.
Issac Kim is an eleventh grader currently attending the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School. In terms of technology and science, he has been working on web windows. The competition that his team won recently is Cyberpatriot. This program test a team on finding and resolving issues on virtual machines from vulnerabilities and viruses. Their team, Team Azure, won in the national finals, which took place in Washington, D.C. from March 25-30.
Carmel Fiscko and Rachel Dunkin, High Tech High School, San Diego, Calif., 2013 winners of the Chairman’s Award, U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition
Carmel is an alumna and Allaire Medalist of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1538 - The Holy Cows. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, engages over 350,000 K-12 students in annual robotics competitions to cultivate personal and technical skills, including innovation, collaboration, and leadership.
In April 2013, The Holy Cows were awarded the Championship Chairman’s Award (CCA), the most prestigious distinction in the entire FIRST program sought by more than 2,500 teams worldwide.
By assisting more than 300 other robotics teams, volunteering for over 14,000 hours in three years, and engaging with media, sponsors, and politicians to garner support for STEM education, Team 1538 had an impact on its community and proved to be the most deserving team for this prestigious award.
Leading up to the championship event, Carmel served as the Manager of Awards, leading the preparation and execution of the award submissions and preparing a formal presentation for a panel of judges.
After winning the CCA, Carmel was selected as one of the team’s two Allaire Medalists, an individual distinction by FIRST for the winner of the CCA.
She now attends the University of California, San Diego as an electrical engineering major and Regents Scholar.
She has completed engineering internships at Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) and ElevATE Semiconductors, and now works in a lab at the UCSD Center for Energy Research.
Rachel joined The Holy Cows her Sophomore year in hopes of exploring the world of engineering. She spent part of the off-season in Engineering and was honored to be selected for Pit Crew for two off-season events. After getting familiar with working on the robot, she decided to venture into the world of Public Relations. During the past year she has contributed to the team by adding to the various written submissions, speaking at public events and conferences, and has represented the team through pit speaking to the various interested people of FIRST. She has enjoyed her first year on the team and looks forward to continuing her journey of spreading the word of FIRST to those around her.
Katelyn Sweeney, Natick High School, 2013 Lemelson-MIT Inventeams Grant Awardee.
Katelyn Sweeney, Natick High School InvenTeam leader and incoming member of MIT's Class of 2018, will represent her team and the InvenTeam initiative at ASEE. The InvenTeam's project to develop a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that functions on ice for local search and rescue dive teams was highly technical and complex. Ms. Sweeney was instrumental initially with organizing the team and writing the final application for an InvenTeam grant. Her technical skills along with her project management, communications, and leadership skills are exemplary. In addition to these skills, Katelyn brought to the team an understanding and empathy for the first responders who would benefit from the ROV making ice rescues less risky and potentially more successful. Katelyn continued with the development of the InvenTeam’s project during her senior year at Natick High School by meeting with technical rescue representatives with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, field-testing the ROV, and working with intellectual property lawyers to file for patent protection of the useful and unique ROV. Besides academics, InvenTeams, and theater, she spends time outside of school as a mentor and role model for young female students encouraging them to get involved with robotics and to help others through invention.
Gerald Meixiong, Lakeside High School, Lakeside, GA 2014 winner of the Siemens Foundation Competition
Being from a family deeply involved with scientific research, Gerald developed a passion for science when he was very young. With this interest, he joined the Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams in high school. Gerald has been competitively swimming since the age of 5 and plays the Alto Saxophone. He volunteers at a local hospital and aid nurses in helping cancer patients.
Gerald conducted research for his project for over two years at the Georgia Regents University in his hometown. His research focuses on mitosis, the process by which cells divide. He sought to elucidate the mechanism by which pulling forces on chromosomes, or DNA, are generated. These forces ensure every cell maintains a copy of the parent DNA. Using a variety of different lab techniques such as microscopy and cell culture, he discovered a novel mechanism for efficient chromosome segregation. He found new functions of proteins which affected the amount of force generated on chromosomes, thus affecting the speed of cell division. This alteration of division speed could possibly be applied to therapeutic drugs for cancers or healing.
Mitchell Daniels, Jr., president of Purdue University and former two-term governor of Indiana, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Main Plenary. A strong supporter of engineering education, he has said that “even if we were to somehow outrun the market's need for engineering talent, we will be a far stronger country if the engineering mentality takes a more prominent place in our national conversations.”
Daniels became president of Purdue in January 2013 following his time in the capital. A graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University law school, he worked in the White House during Ronald Reagan’s presidency and later served as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. Last year, he joined engineering students in a music video that went viral.
Ioannis Miaoulis and the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston are recipients of the the 2014 ASEE President’s Award. They are exemplars of the award’s focus on making use of print, broadcast, or electronic media to encourage K-12 students to pursue an engineering career, and to both influence public opinion and gain recognition of the critical role that engineering plays in today’s technology-driven society.