Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Good for You news in North Pinellas

Although they had to say goodbye to Chief James Angle, who retired in November to become director of the St. Petersburg College Fire Training Center, Angle's former employees at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue still selected him 2013 for Firefighter of the Year.

During his career with PHFR, Angle pursued a strong interest in firefighter education and has been an adjunct instructor with St. Petersburg College since 1988. He's also authored two textbooks on firefighting.

Lt. Milton Smith was named PHFR Employee of the Year by his peers.

When not on duty as a firefighter, Smith serves as department chaplain, contributing his invocations to community events including department retirements, funeral services and memorial ceremonies.

In addition to preparing monthly editorials for the department's newsletter, Smith volunteers with its Honor Guard. Last year, he helped research and purchase the Honor Guard Bell, used at Palm Harbor's 2013 9-11 memorial ceremony.

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For his project entitled, "A Novel Approach for the Encapsulation of Phase Change Materials for High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage Systems," Aadith Moorthy of Palm Harbor has been named one of 300 high school senior semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2014, America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition.

The Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942. Students are encouraged to tackle challenging scientific questions that support U.S. innovation and develop skills to help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.

Projects submitted for consideration cover all disciplines of science, including engineering, mathematics, biochemistry, materials science, physics, behavioral science, and medicine and health.

Each semifinalist, selected from nearly 1,800 entrants, receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards.

On Jan. 22, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named as Intel Science Talent Search finalists. They will travel to Washington, D.C., March 6-12, where they will vie for the top award of $100,000; second-place award of $75,000; and third-place award of $50,000. The remaining top 10 winners will receive awards totaling $180,000.

"Society for Science & the Public proudly joins Intel in congratulating each of these inspiring students," said Rick Bates, interim CEO and chief advancement officer of Society for Science & the Public. "They are the top young researchers in the United States and we look forward to following their path toward innovation — both in their research and toward our shared future."

To view the complete list of semifinalists, visit societyforscience.org.

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In late December, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation announced East Lake High School was the recipient of machining technology worth more than $68,000.

Haas Automation Inc., based in Oxnard, Calif., will provide the school's award-winning engineering program with a top-of-the-line Haas TM-1P CNC vertical mill, including six control simulator modules.

The mill will enable students of the Academy of Engineering at East Lake High to become proficient with current industry machining and CNC standard practices. Eventually, they will also be able to compete for paid internships that are only available to students experienced with CNC machines.

"The manufacturing industry is getting increasingly sophisticated," said Peter Zierhut, a representative for Haas Automation. "We are committed to helping prepare the next generation of engineers and technologists. And we recognize that commitment needs to start early. Over the years, we have placed over 3,000 machine tools at various educational institutions to help train future engineers and machinists."

East Lake High's Academy of Engineering started with 22 students in 2003 and has since enrolled more than 600 students. Most graduates go on to pursue post-secondary degrees, with 71 percent of them choosing engineering as their major.

The academy's curriculum was developed using the principles outlined in Project Lead The Way's "Pathway to Engineering" and in 2008 was recognized by Project Lead The Way as a top-10 national high school. The following year, the Pinellas County School Board identified the academy as a Center for Excellence. Earlier in 2013, the SME Education Foundation designated the academy as a PRIME school, bringing national attention to the school's manufacturing program.

Rodney Grover, senior development officer for the SME Education Foundation which facilitated the grant, was effusive in his praise.

"The East Lake PRIME program under the direction of Paul Wahnish is producing results for the manufacturing community by inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of innovators for industry. Thanks to the generosity of Haas Automation, Career Technical Education Foundation and others, students at East Lake will be instructed using the latest in technology."

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