Dr. James Stephenson, VFS Education Chair, engaged with a local elementary school during the last week of classes, teaching a lesson on Sound and Vibration. The students learned about vibration first using a 1-dimensional vibrating string, then they saw it using a 2-dimensional Chladni plate, and finally experienced it in 3 dimensions as sound in the room. This hands-on lesson instructs students on what a vibration is, how sound is a vibration we hear with our ears, instead of see with our eyes, and gets them to experience and create various sounds using instructional aids.
Hampton Roads Chapter of the VFS Engineer of the Year 2022
The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Vertical Flight Society (HRC of the VFS) is looking to recognize Hampton Roads Area individuals for their contributions to the rotary-wing engineering profession, significant technical accomplishments, and community involvement. As such, the HRC of the VFS is soliciting nominations for the Engineer of the Year (EOY) award. The HRC of the VFS offers two EOY awards:
· The John White Award – for recognition of the nominee’s career
· The Bob Huston Award – for recognition in the early phase of the nominee’s career
Applications must be received by July 15th, 2022. More details on qualifications and nomination instructions can be found here.
The Robert Powell Scholarship
The Robert Powell Scholarship was established to honor the long-time treasurer of the Hampton Roads Chapter whose stewardship of the chapter’s financial assets originally enabled the chapter’s STEM outreach program, including its scholarship fund. The 2022 Robert Powell scholarship has been awarded to Leo Annett, the son of Mary and Martin Annett. Leo attends a York County Public School and is an exemplary scholar and leader. He has earned an excellent SAT score and GPA, while also continuing to work and volunteer. His documented perseverance has earned Leo the Robert Powell Scholarship for 2022. Leo plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.
As it has for many years in the past, this year the VFS Hampton Roads Chapter presented multiple special awards at the Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair (TSEF). The Junior Division (Middle School) award winners received $200 for first place, and $100 for second place. The Senior Division (High School) award winners received $250 for first place, and $200 for second place. These awards are given to the students with the best projects supporting “the multidisciplinary fields of vertical flight, traditional rotorcraft platforms disciplines, and related support industries.” The winners were judged to be the best versed with their work and performed the most unique experiments. Their teachers have also received a $100 award for supporting the STEM community and leading their students to these great achievements. Finally, the Tidewater Science Congress was also gifted $1000 to continue TSEF and help continue it well into the future.
The Junior Division first place award winner was Nathan Shaw for his work on optical sensor performance under degraded visual environments. The second-place award winner was Gavin Fitzgerald, who investigated the performance effects of linear magnetic actuator arrangement.
The Senior Division first place award winner was Erin Jones for her work studying the long-term effects of cognitive training. Her work investigated whether mental training tasks could improve cognitive performance in high schoolers. This work could lead to improved training for pilot focus and performance. Second place award winner in the senior division was Jack Shoemaker who investigated machine learning in weather forecasting.
The awards were presented by the Chapter’s Education Director Dr. James Stephenson.
The 2022 VFS Scholarship Application is now available. Good luck to all entrants. For any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to VFS-HRC Education Director, James Stephenson, Ph.D., who conducted the scholarship program,
Dr. Zawodny works in the Aeroacoustics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center.
Roger Glen Furgurson died Thursday, February 20, 2020. He was a native of Danville, Virginia and had been a resident of Williamsburg for 58 years. Mr. Furgurson was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech). He retired from the Aviation Advanced Technology Directorate at Ft. Eustis. Roger was always interested in aviation and was a flight instructor for a number of years. He was interested in birds and nature all of his life. Roger enjoyed playing the harmonica and was a member of a band that played music in various venues in the Williamsburg area. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Beulah (Bea) Orange Furgurson; and parents, Ernest B. Furgurson and Passie D. Furgurson. Survivors include his beloved children, Mark of Montvale, Virginia, Ann of Montrose, Colorado, and Neal of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren, Mark, Jr. (Karen), Jamie and Jacob; great grandchildren, Rebecca, Thomas and Kingston; and brother, Ernest B. (Pat) Furgurson, Jr. of Washington, D.C. A service will be held Friday, February 28th at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg at 2pm with the visitation to follow beginning at 3pm.
Kenneth Duane Hampton, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Ken attended Mars Hill College and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation in pursuit of his love for aviation, he came to the Peninsula to work for NASA, Langley, in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel, and later transferred to the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) (AVLABS) at Ft. Eustis, until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, he worked at Jamestown Settlement, was involved with CNU’s Life-Long Learning Society, and pursued his love of art and was an accomplished painter.
Ken had a passion for serving others and the community. This was exemplified by his over 50 years of working with the Boy Scouts of America, especially with Troops 48 and 6. He was awarded the Silver Beaver and the Distinguished Scouting Award. Ken made a positive impact in the lives of so many boys through the years. He believed in scouting and taught by example, serving as a role model. Ken organized many a Klondike Derby, hiked the C & O Canal more times that he would have liked to remember, participated in numerous summer camps, and enjoyed a trip to Philmont. If added up, his time spent in the woods camping would have been over 6 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
Happy New Year!
I just wanted to take the time and Thank You again on behalf of the family(ies) you supported during the Holiday Season. All of the families were very, very appreciative. I will bring over Thank you cards from the families as I receive them.
Again, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Marlene F. Cherrye
Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support
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