DRS Technologies' Student Infrared Imaging competition officially underway with new viral video category

  DRS Technologies' Student Infrared Imaging competition officially underway
                        with new viral video category

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., June 11, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies, Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company, announced that its 2013 Student Infrared Imaging
Competition is officially underway. The competition, now in its second year,
encourages university students in participating schools to develop projects
that exhibit an innovative medium for implementing infrared imaging technology
in an application of their choosing.

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This year, 13 universities have submitted 27 unique projects, including,
infrared-equipped robotics applications, a counterfeit detection tool, and a
3D virtualization tool for the visually impaired. DRS will donate two of its
tiny Tamarisk^®[320] thermal imaging cameras to each participating university
to develop projects that portray the most innovative use of infrared imaging.

For schools that have submitted multiple entries, the top project from that
college or university will receive $1,000. A panel of DRS senior leadership
and outside experts in the field of infrared technology will select the grand
prize winner from the best entries chosen from each university. Finalists are
then selected for an expense-paid trip to Melbourne, Fla., where DRS will
announce the winner of the $10,000 grand prize.

This year, a new prize category has been added with the intent to inspire even
more creative uses of thermal imaging. The "Most Viral Video" category
encourages students to upload videos onto YouTube that highlight an
imaginative application of the Tamarisk^®[320. ]The 17 submitted videos will
compete for the "Most Viral Video" top prize of $5,000.

"The Student Infrared Imaging Competition is an investment in the future of
thermal imaging," said NIS President Mike Sarrica. "Infrared technology is
becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, and teaching the public
about its advantages is something we are proud to be a part of. This process
begins in the classroom, engaging some of the brightest minds in the country
and providing them with the tools to experiment. With this initiative, we hope
to evoke creative thinking around new applications while cultivating a greater
understanding of the infrared imaging industry," Sarrica said.

The participating universities include: University of Toledo, University of
Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-Arlington, University of North
Carolina-Charlotte, Norwich University, Missouri University of Science and
Technology, Boston University, University of California-San Diego, University
of California-Los Angeles, Oklahoma State University, University of Memphis,
Florida Institute of Technology, and Ohio University.

For more information on the Student Infrared Imaging Competition and a listing
of the 2013 SIIC entries, please visit www.drsinfrared.com/studentcomp.aspx. 

About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies, Inc. is a leading supplier of integrated products, services
and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors
worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for
Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards
for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000
people worldwide. Within DRS, the Network and Imaging Systems Group (NIS)
manufactures and supports advanced electro-optical sensor systems, and
develops innovative networking capabilities that integrate these sensors in a
broader tactical C4 environment. NIS operates in Dallas, Texas; Melbourne,
Fla.; Cypress, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Columbia, Md.; and the United
Kingdom. For more information about DRS, please visit the company's website
at www.drs.com.

For additional information please contact:
For DRS Technologies
Michael Mount
Director, Public Affairs
(571)447-4624
mmount@drs.com

SOURCE DRS Technologies

Website: http://www.drs.com
 
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