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Twenty-five District 7 engineers served as volunteer judges for the 61st Annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, held April 14 through 16 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

PHOTO HIGHLIGHT: Judging the Science Fair
by  Kelly Markham
Issue Date: 05/2011

Twenty-five District 7 engineers served as volunteer judges for the 61st Annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, held April 14 through 16 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Over 1,000 students in Los Angeles County middle and high schools participated in the fair, which featured projects in 38 categories ranging from astrophysics to zoology.

District 7 judges included John Vassiliades (who coordinates District 7’s participation), Sutida Bergquist, Reza Jahromi, John Lee, Lily Chang, Nestor Valenton, Eddie Isaacs, Bahar Bakhtar, Shahriar Yadegari, John Zaki, Jerry Wahl, Ann Marie Rametta, Joseph Kibe, Dapo Majekondunmi, Maria Rodriguez, Rania Wassily, Jose Cuaresma, Sam Alameddine, Lenin Orozco, Ibrahim Yaghnam, Natalie Hill, John Njoroge, Gloria Gwynne, Newton Wong and Deborah Robertson.

The Caltrans judges attended a pre-fair instructional workshop on judging, reviewed project abstracts online, and evaluated projects on site during the event. Judges then interviewed students whose projects were identified as top contenders. Projects were judged on creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill, clarity and presentation.

The Los Angeles Section of Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) presented two special awards in recognition of former Caltrans engineers. April King, a student at International Polytechnic High School, received the Marilyn Jorgenson Reece Award and $1,000 for her project, “Bridge Extension.” Hao Sun, a student at Ribet Academy, received the James E. Roberts Award and $1,000 for his project, “Testing Efficiency of Bridges.” Nineteen other students received honorable mentions, medals and a total of $500 in Target gift cards.

To see more photos from this year’s Science and Engineering Fair, check out the slideshow under “Event Photos” at the PECG Los Angeles Section website: www.lapecg.net.


Judges interview a student about her project. Hao Sun, a student at Ribet Academy, won the James E. Roberts Award and $1,000 for his project, “Testing Efficiency of Bridges.” Left to right: Sutida Bergquist, Hao Sun, Mike Miles, John Vassiliades.