NHDF Announces the Winners of the Sixth Annual National Security Innovation Competition

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Northeastern University, West Point, University of Calgary Selected as Winners of 6th Annual National Security Innovation Competition

"The competition brought some fascinating technologies to the attention of government and industry experts who can apply them to meeting some national security needs," said Don Addy, President, National Homeland Defense Foundation.

The National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF) has announced the winners of the Sixth Annual National Security Innovation Competition held at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, April 27, 2012. "The competition brought some fascinating technologies to the attention of government and industry experts who can apply them to meeting some national security needs," said Don Addy, President, National Homeland Defense Foundation.

First place with a prize award of $10,000: Northeastern University

Second place with a prize award of $5000: U.S. Military Academy, West Point

Third place with a prize award of $2500: University of Calgary

" We selected the best university projects in innovative research applying to national security after a rigorous peer-review by national and homeland security-related industry and government scientists and technologists," said Dr. Ron Scott, Competition Director.

The purpose of the competition was to highlight on-going research serving a national security purpose and stimulate college undergraduate and graduate student interest to a broad audience including industry, academic, and government organizations involved in aerospace, defense, security, and first responder activities.

Nearly forty different projects competed. Twenty seven different judges representing scientists and technologists from industry and government agencies assessed the projects to identify the top ten finalists for the final competition. Finalists made oral presentations to a panel of national-level judges from government and industry.

The competition was also of benefit to industry technical representatives.
"Our industry and government audience not only got an early opportunity to learn about new innovations, but they were able to meet the scientists and engineers that will fill their future workforce," said Mark Volcheff, Executive Director for the Competition.

The work done by the students will make the nation safer, according to NHDF officials. "Our sponsors saw the incredible opportunity and value of this competition," said Volcheff. "The brightest student minds from across the US and Canada were able to present their research which in the near future will likely be in the hands of national security users."

The sponsors and partners include: SAIC, ARINC, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Neumann Systems Group, Pikes Peak Chapter Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Boeing, Paladin Capital Group, University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, 5 Star Bank, The Canadian Consulate General, Booze Allen Hamilton, Merrick and Company, El Pomar Foundation, General Atomics, USAA, Lockheed Martin, Perini & Associates, Innocentive, INTECON, The Aerospace Corp, The Pikes Peak Chapter National Defense Industrial Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, National Institute of Space Science and Security Centers, Popular Science Magazine, ConcealFab Corp, and the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.

"All of the student entrants are doing cutting-edge research," Volcheff said. "While we only competed10 in the final round, we wanted to make sure all of the entries receive the broadest exposure and we'll do that through published Proceedings available by the end of May at the NHDF website: http://www.NHDF.org."

NHDF officials stated they were very pleased to also add a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) aspect to the 2012 event. ARINC Corp was the generous sponsor of nearly 50 high school students from across the Colorado Front Range who attended the event with the purpose of highlighting the national security applications of STEM research with the hopes to motivate the students to choose engineering degrees when they attend college in the future.

Plans for the 2013 NSIC are already underway. "Our goals are to accelerate the exposure and commercialization of cutting-edge research to government agencies and industry, increase the value of student and university participation though larger scholarships and the availability of research grant funding," Addy said.

Sites for the 2013 competition are currently being considered and the competition will once again be held toward the end of April 2013.

About NHDF: NHDF was founded in 2004 with the mission of "Securing the Future of Liberty" and conducts conferences throughout the year, as well as oversees the Homeland Defender's Fund which has been established to support military members and families in Colorado. For more visit: http://www.nhdf.org/.

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