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Two SMES Students Present at 2011 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

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Update: On Sunday, April 10, sophomore Austin Russell won first place at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair in the senior division category of Electricity and Electronics. He also received three additional Special Scholarship Awards for excellence in his field. The awards were from the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, The Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles (for innovation that advances technology), and The International Optics and Photonics Society.

Senior Johnny Li won the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair’s Sweepstakes Award for the senior division category of Mathematics and Software and also a Special Scholarship Award from the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research.

Both Austin and Johnny will move on to compete at the California State Science and Engineering Fair May 2 and 3, 2011.

On Wednesday, senior Johnny Li and sophomore Austin Russell presented their science projects to judges during the 2011 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair at the Orange County fairgrounds.

Johnny competed in the category of Mathematics and Software. He found and fixed a defect in a computer model researchers use to track cancer tumor growth that made the tumors appear to grow more slowly than they do.

Austin competed in the category of Electricity and Electronics. For his project, titled “The Mini Computer Projector: A Mobile Method for Interfacing on any Surface,” he created a mobile all-in-one device that combines computer, projector and infrared technology. He drew the schematics for a customized motherboard and had a company manufacture it. He also wrote software code and modified existing hardware in order for the components to communicate with each other. Austin was able to create an interactive device that can project a touch screen onto any surface, in a package that can fit into your pocket.

Award levels will be announced on Sunday and winners will go on to compete at the California State Science Fair.

 Click here to read the full OC Register article.

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