April 24, 2009

Across the nation, schools of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) have seen a decline in undergraduate enrollment. In an effort to increase targeted outreach and recruitment, the ECE Department recently became involved in the Louisiana State Science & Engineering Fair. More than 650 Louisiana students in grades 6-12 from 165 schools participated in this year’s fair on LSU’s campus – competing for scholarships, savings bonds and other awards. The top winners of the statewide fair had the opportunity to represent Louisiana in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in Reno, Nev., in May 2009.

To acknowledge the efforts and extra-curricular work of over-achieving high school students, LSU’s ECE faculty served as judges to over 50 projects and was given the opportunity to witness first-hand, the talent and skills of tomorrow’s electrical or computer engineers.

Providing award certificates to the top three student projects and a $500 scholarship to the first place winner, students were recognized by the Chairman of the ECE Department, Dr. Jorge Aravena, for their achievements. In addition, students were extended a personal invitation to tour ECE teaching and research laboratories, meet with ECE faculty and students, and witness student design projects such as the popular Robotics Design Project.

The following high school students were recognized at the 2009 Louisiana State Science & Engineering Fair. First place winner, George Li, received a $500 scholarship upon enrollment in the LSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. This scholarship was made possible by ECE alumnus and Advisory Board Chairman Bill Higgins.

First Place:

George Li

Project Title: Programming A.I. Navigation

Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Honorable Mention:

Chad Thompson

Project Title: Approximating Radiance Transfer in Real-Time Computer Graphics

Caddo Parish Magnet High School


Chance Janice

Project Title: Radio Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (RASER)

Beau Chene High School




The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair was hosted by LSU Continuing Education. Students who participated in the state fair had previously won first, second, and third place in their regional contests. Judging was conducted in 16 categories for each division, plus a team category.

The fair was held in LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House where students set up their projects to be judged by LSU faculty members and experts from around the area. There were more than 100 judges who volunteered their time to participate in the state fair.

“The state science fair includes some of Louisiana’s brightest young minds and brings them together on the LSU campus,” said Douglas Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “Continuing Education’s pre-college programs support the university’s efforts at attracting the best students, and familiarizes them with some of the many resources the state’s flagship university has to offer.”

Further information about the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair can be found on LSU Continuing Education’s Web page www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair/.

Article by Tammy V. Abshire, College of Engineering 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu and excerpted from LSU media release by Billy Gomila, Office of Communications & University Relations

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