DETROIT - For 33 years, Ford Motor Company and the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) have been searching for Metro Detroit's young innovators at local science fairs.
This year, five volunteers from the Ford Powertrain team – Barb Babut, Anastasia Bremmer, Robert Frew, Lynn Hones and Mark Panetta – with A&WMA's Wayne Geisert – judged the 2012 Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit.
The search was to look for high school science projects that related to air, waste and water management. All of the participants were from high schools in the Metro Detroit area.
“We’re always looking for engineers," said Geisert, Science Fair coordinator. "Our mission is to meet young professionals and encourage them to stay on the right path.”
Searching through projects like Fruit Batteries and Fuels of the Future, the Powertrain team recognized four entries that they found to be the most pioneering.
“It’s important to have this community involvement,” said Panetta, engineer, Powertrain Manufacturing. “We need people that are going into engineering and environmental engineering.”
Each winner of the Science and Engineering Fair will be invited to the annual A&WMA banquet where they will be recognized and awarded with savings bonds.