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Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

February 3, 2005
CONTACT: Richard Scott, Director
Johns Hopkins University HeadsUP Program

600 Attend Johns Hopkins' Fifth Annual
HeadsUp Engineering Fair

Local Employers, Educators Treat High School Students to a
Rare Look at the Future of Engineering and Science Careers

High school and early college students last week got an insider's look from local companies and educators at how integral engineering and bioscience are to our society at The Johns Hopkins University's Fifth Annual HeadsUP What is Engineering? Fair. The event was held at the university's Montgomery County Campus in Rockville.

Sponsored for the second consecutive year by Lockheed Martin, the fair attracted about 600 people, a record number of students and exhibitors. Interactive displays were a highlight of the event.

At the Lockheed Martin booth, students were encouraged to view air traffic management systems data. Representatives from Shapiro & Duncan, a Rockville-based contractor, challenged students to interact with mechanical engineering systems, while visitors to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's exhibit witnessed the latest in municipal water purification systems.

According to HeadsUP Director Richard Scott, the record turnout speaks to the commitment of local companies and HeadsUP to encourage more young people to consider careers in engineering and bioscience. "Predictions are that, unless the current trend changes, there will be a shortage of American engineers," Scott said. "By working in conjunction with programs such as HeadsUP, our metropolitan area is taking a proactive approach to ensuring that we positively impact our future workforce's academic and career choices."

Students attending the fair had the opportunity to sign up for the HeadsUP seven-week summer engineering courses and apply for summer internships with some of the participating companies.

For more information on the fair or HeadsUP, or to interview some of the students or company participants, call 301-294-7170.

Color photos of the event available; contact Nancy Daniel: ncydaniel@msn.com.

HeadsUP offers seven-week summer introductory engineering and bioscience college credit courses and possible internships to qualified high-school juniors and seniors and early college students. Courses are held at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

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