DRS Technologies Awards University Students Top Honors For Innovation
ARLINGTON, Va., July 23, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., July23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company, announced the winners of its second annual Student
Infrared Imaging Competition, a contest that allows students to showcase their
innovative ideas using thermal imaging technologies. The awards ceremony was
held at the DRS facilities in Melbourne, Florida.
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The winners for the "Best Overall Project" were, Will Warren, Daniel Yang and
Yuncong Chen, students from the University of California San Diego for their
"3D Thermal RGB Mapping for Firefighting Robots" project. The team received
the $10,000 grand prize for its winning project.
Students from the University of Memphis took second place with their project,
"Forgery-proof Identification Using Sweat Gland Distribution." The team
received a $2,000 prize.
The judges awarded third place to a team from the Missouri University of
Science and Technology for its entry of a "New Method to Identify Counterfeit
Products Using Infrared Cameras," earning them a $1,000 prize.
DRS Technologies' Chief Operating Officer, Terry Murphy reflected on the
momentum of the program as he presided over the awards ceremony. "We are
encouraged by the growth of this competition," said Murphy. "From an
engineering perspective, we've seen progressively advanced applications of
infrared imaging. The technical caliber of the entries for 'Best Overall
Project' was remarkable. However, we are also enthusiastic about the addition
of the 'Most Viral Video' category to the competition that inspired an
artistic adaptation of thermal sensing and imaging technology. These new
interpretations should serve to further extend the knowledge base for infrared
applications to a larger audience."
Select students at participating universities were provided with Tamarisk®320
thermal imaging cameras, from the Network and Imaging Systems division of DRS,
with the objective being to develop projects that portray the most innovative
use of infrared imaging.
This year marked a new category of competition with the "Most Viral Video"
which pits teams against each other to create the most buzz on the Internet
for their project.
The winner of the $5,000 prize for the new category of the "Most Viral Video"
was awarded to "Infrared Flows" from Max Junda of the University of Toledo.
Junda's video was a cinematic adaptation of the Tamarisk®320 thermal imaging
camera as an artistic medium, capturing unique heat signatures of fluids as
they passed through a hand-carved sculpture.
Network and Imaging System's President, Mike Sarrica was on hand to present
each of the four winning teams with their awards and prize money. "We are most
grateful to all of this year's Student Infrared Imaging Competition
participants. Their hard work and ingenuity made SIIC 2013 a tremendous
success," Sarrica said.
"DRS Network and Imaging Systems Principal Scientist, Dr. George Skidmore has
done an excellent job of engaging faculty advisors and department heads from
universities across the nation with the objective to excite young minds about
the possibilities of thermal imaging and their role in its development. We at
DRS are extremely proud to offer recognition to these students and we look
forward to the evolution of these ideas and concepts in the coming years,"
To learn more about the DRS Technologies Student Infrared Imaging Competition
and see video and pictures of this year's winners and their projects, visit
About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies 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
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