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CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology

CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology

June 6, 2012


The Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology hosted a ceremony on June 1 at CIA Headquarters to recognize outstanding participants in eight local science fair competitions.  Nearly 130 students—about half female—were were acknowledged for their innovative and creative projects.  The recipients of a CIA certificate of recognition hail from multiple countries including the United States, Canada, India, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and El Salvador.

More than 70 CIA officers volunteered as judges at high school science fairs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.  They selected the invitees to Saturday’s ceremony from among hundreds of competitors at the fairs, which took place in March.  CIA officers have been participating in science fairs in the greater Washington metropolitan area for over two decades.

Student projects are evaluated on their scientific merit and their potential relevance to the CIA’s mission.  For example, one selectee from the Montgomery County Science Fair completed a project on “Measuring the Real Size of Objects on a Digital Image Using Digital Processing Techniques.”  Another exemplary project from the Prince George’s County Science Fair focused on “The Effect of a Parabolic Reflector on the Signal Strength of 802.11 Wireless.”

“The CIA is strongly committed to our community and is honored to recognize such a talented group of students,” CIA Director David H. Petraeus said.  “It’s a thrill for our officers to participate in the science fairs and experience first-hand the inspired thinking of the next generation of scientific leaders.  These men and women know very well the key role that technical knowledge and creativity play in protecting our nation.”

The CIA’s Director for Science and Technology, Glenn Gaffney, presented the attendees with their certificates and emphasized how integral scientific skills and a spirit of service are to the CIA’s mission.  Gaffney’s S&T officers develop and apply advanced technological solutions to help the CIA address our country’s most pressing national security challenges.

During the event, one of the Agency’s top young scientists told the students that it was a great time to be in the scientific field.  “I always knew I wanted to be a scientist,” he said, emphasizing that a variety of experiences led him to work for an agency that is on the cutting edge of technology and that values applied research.

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Posted: Jun 06, 2012 11:38 AM
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