Engineering: High School Model Bridge Contest: First Place Winner


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William Thornewell II. He had won 1st Place in the Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsored Annual Model Bridge Contest,

for the seond year in a row!!


The entire newsletter (4 pages in PDF) is amazing to read as a scientific recent 'historical' document...from just 14 years ago...

Technology and society have changed very quickly!!!...

http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/bulletin/1999/bb051499.pdf

A careful reading of the text reveals that the winning student, obviously a could-be brilliant "Engineer-To-Be", was rewarded for his awesome STEM capabilites Model Bridge Construction, with a measly $100 Gift Certificate to a local computer store...

He couldn't even buy a printer with $100 back then... I can't believe this! Why didn't he win a full 4-year college scholarship for his work, winning 2 years in a row...

I am going to Google Search his name... to see if I can find him online... to see where he is now in 2011... 12 years later, after High School...

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Mr Thornewell is currently an Attorney with the Law firm of Leason Ellis, specializing in Patent Law and Intellectual Property Protections. There is a very brief but very informative profile of his work and advanced education degrees:

including a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute :-)