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Francois Laroche of the SFWMD in the wetlands he loves and protects.

Francois Laroche of the SFWMD in the wetlands he loves and protects.

SFWMD scientist wins USDA/ARS tech transfer award
West Palm Beach, FL - Francois Laroche, of the South Florida Water Management District, received the 2005 technology transfer award of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA/ARS). Laroche, a senior supervising environmental scientist, has been developing a database showing the locations and extent of melaleuca, an invasive wetlands plant.

To monitor infestations throughout Florida and in Mexico, Belize and the Caribbean basin, Laroche developed a list of collaborators outside Florida. Survey efforts and collected ecological information have been used to create a melaleuca treatment plan for Puerto Rico.

The SFWMD works cooperatively with the USDA/ARS Invasive Plant Research Lab (Fort Lauderdale, FL) to address complex problems of exotic plant invasions in natural and agricultural ecosystems.


Winning students show their model city.

Winning students show their model city.

Minnesota middle school is Future City winner
Washington, DC - "Joukai" (Heaven), a model city engineered by students at Chippewa Middle School in Shoreview, MN, won the 2006 National Engineers Week Future City competition. Students Emily Duffield, Max Showalter and Alannah Pratt teamed up with teacher Nancy Roussin and volunteer engineer mentor Stefan Gantert, PE, a CE with the Rice County, MN highway department. The team designed the city and constructed the model.

Joukai features an underground transportation system, solar-powered jets for local transportation, and an improved form of clear photovoltaic paint that can harness up to 80 percent of the sun's energy.

Regional winners from thirty-one middle schools nationwide competed in the Future City national finals. First prize was a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

The Future City organization coordinates the competition each year, and volunteer mentors are always needed. Check out futurecity.org to learn more about volunteering or see a complete list of this year's winners.


NTA celebrates its first eighty years
Cleveland, OH - The National Technical Association (NTA) celebrates its eightieth anniversary this year. The society was founded in 1926 by Charles S. Duke, the first African American to receive an engineering degree from Harvard University.

This milestone will be celebrated at NTA's seventy-eighth annual conference, to be held June 26-29 in Chicago, IL. The theme of the conference is "Technical foundations: a legacy of achievement." The event includes a three-day career fair, a range of speakers and workshops and a robotics competition for young people.

Awards and presentations are a big part of the conference each year. Last year's top award winner was Dr David Veazie, an ME professor at Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA). Other awards went to techies in industry, education and government.

For the latest on conference plans, check out www.ntaonline.org.


Apply online for NASA postdoc program
Oak Ridge, TN - A new NASA postdoctoral program is now accepting applications for research projects at NASA centers across the U.S.

Fellowships are available for both recent PhDs and established researchers with experience in universities, government or industry. NASA hopes to attract applicants with a variety of personal and professional backgrounds.

Research opportunities range from acoustics to X-ray technology. Projects are funded for a year with possible renewals up to two more years.

Applicants who received PhDs within the last five years apply as postdoc Fellows. Those with more experience and established careers are senior Fellows.

Information is available and applications are accepted at nasa.orau.org/ postdoc/. The next application deadline is May 15, with additional deadlines on August 1 and November 1. The program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.


Gloria Jeff

Gloria Jeff

Gloria Jeff is new GM of LA-DOT
Los Angeles, CA - Gloria Jeff is the new general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LA-DOT). Jeff is the former director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, and served as deputy administrator of the FHA in the Clinton administration.

Jeff has BS and MS degrees in CE and an MS in urban planning from the University of Michigan. She is an active member of WTS (formerly the Women's Transportation Seminar), the networking organization that supports careers for women in transportation.


In the '80s: Linda Rader in the field.

In the '80s: Linda Rader in the field.

Key Women in Energy awards
Lakeside, OH - Fifty women from twenty-eight countries were honored in the fourth annual Key Women in Energy global awards. The Key Women program recognizes women who made recent significant contributions to the energy sector or to businesses that support energy.

Achievements during 2003-2005 were recognized in a number of categories. One honoree in each category will be designated as the overall category winner at a global awards ceremony.

The Key Women in Energy program was started in 2000 by Linda K. Rader, an energy consultant with extensive field experience who is the former editor of Energy Markets magazine.

Visit www.keywomeninenergy.com for more information.


CH2M Hill supports WTS scholarships
Los Angeles, CA - Michael D. Kennedy, CH2M Hill transportation business group president and a Colorado member of WTS (formerly the Women's Transportation Seminar), has donated $100,000 from the CH2M Hill Foundation to the WTS national scholarship endowment fund.

WTS is a networking and professional development organization that promotes careers for women, including women engineers, in the transportation industry.


Brian Cooke

Brian Cooke

Brian Cooke becomes manufacturing, tech VP at Johnson Controls
Milwaukee, WI - Brian W. Cooke has been named VP for manufacturing and technology at Johnson Controls' building efficiency business. He reports to C. David Myers, president of the business.

In this new post, Cooke is responsible for developing and deploying product and manufacturing strategies globally. He has served in a number of positions at the company, most recently as VP of product development, marketing and industrial design at the company site in Burscheid, Germany.

He has also worked at Frito-Lay, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Johnson & Johnson. He has a BS in management science from MIT and an MBA from the University of Chicago graduate school of business.

A welcome reception for Cooke and Charles Harvey, new VP of diversity and public affairs, was jointly sponsored by Johnson Controls' senior management and the company's African American affinity network.


Mass High Tech mag publishes its list of "women to watch"
Boston, MA - Mass High Tech magazine has named ten technical "women to watch" in 2006. The honorees are:

Susan Scheer Aoki, VP of engineering, Cisco Systems Inc, Internet technologies division, carrier services engineering.

Janice Arcari, director, QA, EMC Corp midrange division.

Heather Blease, president and CEO, Broadband Solutions Inc.

Suzette Braun, director of strategic projects and process redesign, Stop & Shop Supermarket Co.

Karen Donoghue, senior user interface designer, Motorola.

Dr Ellen Ferraro, deputy director of the system validation, test and analysis directorate, Raytheon Co IDS.

Linda Robeck Fuhrman, space science program manager, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.

Susie Kim Riley, founder and CTO, Camiant Inc.

Dr Regina Valluzzi, founder and chief scientific officer, Evolved Nanomaterial Sciences.

Julianne Zimmerman, director of business development, GreenFuel Technologies Corp.

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