March 22, 2023

TPP, INCOSE Science Award Winners Honored

TPP INCOSE science awards

The 56th annual St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair, held Feb. 13 at Great Mills High School, drew 106 entries from St. Mary’s brightest young minds.

The Patuxent Partnership invites the community to a reception honoring winners of TPP and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Special Awards on March  8 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park. Winners will showcase their projects and be available for in-depth explanations about their scientific process.

Special guest speaker Dr. David Kung, professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will speak about the importance of math education and the accomplishments made by each of the special award winners.

Four middle and four high school participants earned TPP special awards in the areas of aeronautics/aerospace, electrical/electronics, environmental/biological, and unmanned systems with cash prizes totaling $600.

2016 TPP Special Award Winners:

Aeronautics/Aerospace – Senior Category: David DeLuca, Project: Inducted Fan Motor, St. Mary’s Ryken High School.

Aeronautics/Aerospace- Junior Category: Maya Lee, Project: OutSTANDing Origami, Spring Ridge Middle School

Electrical/Electronics – Senior Category: Jay Lee, Project: Creating a Spherical 3D Printer, Great Mills High School

Electrical/Electronics – Junior Category: Zoe Coughlan, Project: Child Alert, Spring Ridge Middle School

Environmental/Biological – Senior Category: James Kelly, Project: Development of a Low Cost Neuroprosthetic, Great Mills High School

Environmental/Biological –  Junior Category: Hannah Jarboe, Project: Does Ocean Acidification Affect the Chesapeake Bay? Spring Ridge Middle School

Unmanned Systems Chief Engineer Award – Senior Category: Jonathan Yu, Project: Wireless Sensing of Blade Impacts, Great Mills High School

Unmanned Systems Chief Engineer Award  –  Junior Category: Ryan Williams, Project: STACS – Spatially Targeting Air Cooling System, Spring Ridge Middle School

Lead judges for TPP were Greg Olson of Wyle and Robert “Bob” Ernst of NAVAIR. Judging for this year’s TPP special awards was extremely challenging with a large number of extraordinary project entries.

The TPP/INCOSE awards reception is open to the public and advanced registration is requested. Student set up begins at 4:30 and the reception opens at 5 until 6:30 pm. A $5 registration fee is requested to help cover the cost of refreshments. For more information, visit or call Julie Lemmon at 301-866-1739, Ext. 318.

TPP is a proud sponsor of the region’s science fairs and expos, as well as many other STEM-related programs and competitions. With the help of TPP’s benefactors, board of directors, and corporate members, TPP provides support including logistics, sponsorship, and judging.

To learn more about The Patuxent Partnership and its programs visit its Leader Page.

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