Serving as mentors in the local community, Operations Research Analyst Daniel Barker and Research General Engineer Karen Coyne, Ph.D. from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) have supported Briana Elmore, senior at Aberdeen’s Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA), with her capstone project efforts over the course of the past year.
With guidance from her mentors, Briana achieved outstanding capstone project results and became the co-author of a peer-reviewed presentation and technical report, entitled “Field of View of Commercial Air-Purifying Respirators”.
Her research results will be presented at the 2011 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, known as the premier event for thousands of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. on 18 May.
Drawing from her experience as a cooperative education student at the U.S. Coast Guard Electronics Engineering Center, Coyne decided to pass on the educational value of mentorship relationships that motivated her to stay in the engineering career field. In addition to judging eCYBERMISSION project folders, she strongly believes in the benefit of engaging students in the application of real-world science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences through mentoring.