Honors Go to Teams at Student Design Showcase

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Congratulations go to winners of the Northrop Grumman Corp. Champion Award and Florida Institute of Technology President’s Cup Award, which were presented this spring at the annual Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase. The showcase of the final projects of Florida Tech science and engineering students was held recently in the Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation. 

 Northrop Grumman Champion Award in Engineering
Gannet, an unmanned aerial and submersible system combining aerospace, electrical and ocean engineering project. Team members are Joshua Higginson, Kaleb Smith, Jimmy Brennan, Mark Panaguiton, Kevin Clark, Robert Decarreau, Yan C. Rodriguez, Sam Maling and Andrew Verderame. Faculty advisers are Barry Brossman, Paavo Sepri and Stephen Wood.

 Northrop Grumman Champion Award in Science
Detecting Shielded Nuclear Contraband Using Muon Tomography, a physics and space sciences project. Team members are Judson Locke, William Bittner, Leonard Grasso and Kondo Gnanvo. Faculty adviser is Marcus Hohlmann.

 Florida Tech President’s Cup Award in Engineering
SIREN Wave Energy, a green energy project. Team members are Nick Avery, Jim Susini, Joseph Hammond, Kandice Lord, Matt Wills and Charles Anodjo. Faculty advisers are Stephen Wood and Youngsik Choi.

Florida Tech’s President’s Cup Award in Science
Project: How Sensitive Is Your MAPK, a bio-math project. Team members are Dawn McDonald, Cristina Mazzone, and Christine Chater. Faculty advisers are David Carroll and Semen Koksol.

 Northrop Grumman judging criteria included: outstanding understanding of the problem or design, level of teamwork; level of understanding of project logistics; level of oral presentation skills; poster presentation and methodology, design, solution and an understanding of the underlying science, math and/or engineering principles involved. 

NG Science Cutline: Northrop Grumman judges surround student Judson Locke, holding his plaque for “Detecting Shielded Nuclear Contraband Using Muon Tomography.” From left, John Blakely, David Keldsen, Scott Hoffman and Wayne Stratford. Team members not pictured are William Bittner, Leonard Grasso and Kondo Gnanvo.

NG Engineering Cutline: Northrop Grumman Judges from left are John Blakely, David Keldsen, Scott Hoffman and Wayne Stratford. Team members for “Gannet Unmanned Submersible System” are, from left, with Mark Panaguiton, holding plaque: Kevin Clark, Sam Maling, Yan C. Rodriguez, Joshua Higginson, Jimmy Brennan and Kaleb Smith. Team members not pictured are Robert Decarreau and Andrew Verderame.

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