Florida West Coast Engineering Alliance

Annual Awards Banquet



For some years now the Florida West Coast Section (FWCS) has participated in the Lignell Award Outstanding Teacher Recognition Program to recognize and honor outstanding contributions by teachers to pre-college education in Mathematics and Science in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

In 2003 the winners were:

Hillsborough County: Bradley Smrstick, Tampa Bay Technical High School
Pinellas County: Edward Ham, Osceole High School
Pasco County: Lee Ogden, Centennial Middle School

This program is open to all individuals teaching classes in Mathematics or Science in the public schools during the current school year. We are currently seeking nominations for this year’s awards that will be presented at the Celebrate Engineering 2004 Awards Banquet at the A La Carte Event Pavilion on Dana Shores Drive, Tampa on Friday February 13th, 2004.

There will be one recipient of this award from each of the three counties and the winners will be invited to attend the banquet, with a guest, to be presented with the award and an honorarium. The Speaker will be Dr. Robin Murphy, Director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at the University of South Florida. The topic of the presentation will be the use of mini-robots in disaster rescue situations such as 9/11 and earthquakes. The presentation will include a video and she will bring one or two robots to demonstrate during the reception.

The emcee will bee Dick Crippen.

If there is a teacher at your school who you think should be considered for this important award please download the nomination form and return it to the address below no later than December 12th, 2003. If you prefer you can e-mail the completed form to me.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to give me a call or send an e-mail.

Zhen Tong
7460 77th Terrace
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Tel: (727) 328-8777, Ext 333
E-mail: tong@ieee.org