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6 February 1998
For Immediate Release

APL Director Receives 1st Annual
Dr. Gary L. Smith S.E.E.C. Award from Woodlawn High School


Gary L. Smith, Director of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., is the first to receive the award named after him.

Smith was recently presented with the 1st Annual Dr. Gary L. Smith S.E.E.C. [Science, Engineering, Education, and Community] Award by Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County.

Presented by Curtis Jones, physics teacher and Coordinator of the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program at Woodlawn, the award will be given each year to an individual or organization in recognition of "extraordinary contributions and commitment to Woodlawn High School students in the areas of science and engineering."

"This double honor -- recognition of APL and the naming of this prestigious award for its Director -- is shared by all of us who have worked with the excellent staff and students of Woodlawn High," says Smith. "We applaud the achievements of Woodlawn students and look forward to their contributions to the science community."

Started by APL staff member Ted Habarth in 1976, the Maryland MESA Program encourages students to pursue mathematics, engineering, and science degrees in college. Since its beginning, the program has grown to include 34 high schools, 33 middle schools, and 29 elementary schools throughout the state. Woodlawn started its MESA Program in 1991, with 30 students currently enrolled.

In addition to supporting and administering the Maryland MESA Program at Woodlawn, APL mentors its students in year-long academic programs at the Laboratory and provides scientific expertise to help with school projects. APL engineers are now advising Woodlawn students as they build a solar-powered vehicle to enter Solar BikeRayce 98, a contest sponsored by Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., to be held in Topeka, Kan., on May 31-June 1. Winners in the various divisions will compete in the World Solar Bike Race in Japan this July.


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For more information, contact APL Public Information Officer Helen Worth; phone: 240-228-5113 or 410-778-5113.