CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology
25 June 2013
The Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) hosted a ceremony on June 15 at CIA Headquarters to recognize outstanding participants in six local science fair competitions. Nearly 80 students 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, and Ethiopia.
CIA officers from across the Agency volunteered as judges at high school science fairs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The invitees to Saturday’s ceremony were selected from among hundreds of competitors at these fairs. Their selection was based on the level of innovation, leadership and relevance to CIA mission that was displayed in their projects.
One award winning project from the Fairfax County Science Fair was the creation of an artificial intelligence player for the complex board game Othello. Another exemplary project from the Loudon County Science Fair focused on the effect of steel, pine timber, and brick on electromagnetic wave attenuation.
CIA officers have been participating in science fairs in the greater Washington metropolitan area for over two decades.
“The CIA is strongly committed to community involvement and is honored to recognize such a talented group of students,” CIA Director John O. Brennan said. “It’s a privilege for our officers to participate in the science fairs where the inspired thinking of the next generation of scientific leaders was on display. At CIA we understand 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, was the Keynote Speaker for the ceremony. He stressed the event was about recognizing that the students represent the best and brightest from their areas, and that they are sure to make important contributions to our country whatever specific fields of endeavor they pursue.
The award ceremony was followed by a tour of the CIA museum and technology demonstrations provided by DS&T senior technical experts.