Students get tech (education) support from area experts


WHITESBORO — The 45th annual Project Student Introduction to Engineering & Science (SITES) was held at Harts Hill Inn in March. The event was sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Engineering & Executive Council (MVEEC), Griffiss Institute, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics (AFCEA), Association of Old Crows (AOC), the ELFUNS of Utica/Rome and the MVCC STEP Team.

The following companies/agencies sent mentors and assisted students for the afternoon session to visit companies and agencies: The Air Force Research Laboratory, state Department of Transportation, Solid Waste Authority, Nelson Associates, Clinton Pet Vets, Riverhawk Company, Technology Service Corp. and Critical Technology Co. were contributors.

The main speakers were David and Alesia Albright from River Hawk. The event was coordinated by Mike Joseph, Critical Technology and Bill Rudge (MVEEC). Staff members were Paul Frey, Jim Maier, Ken Andela, Renee Cammarere, E. Paul Ratazzi, Jeff Dematteis, Ric Lockridge and Manny Sabillon.

The school districts were:

Rome City School District

Adirondack Central School

Holy Cross Academy

The students shadowing the team from AFRL were:

Hunter Frisch, RFA; Karissa Swartout, ACS; and Bailey Wadsworth, ACS.

The students shadowing the team from the state DOT were:

Natalie DelPino, Holy Cross Academy; Noelle DiRuzzo, Holy Cross Academy; Madison Esch, ACS.

The students shadowing the team from the Solid Waste Authority were:

Nancy Mazor, Holy Cross Academy; Lily Domes, Holy Cross Academy.

The students shadowing the team from Clinton Pet Vets were:

Taylor Cady, ACS; and Kaila Gifford, ACS.

The students shadowing the team from Nelson were:

Jace V. Hunzinger, RFA;
Dominick Gualtieri, RFA; Izabella Roberts, ACS.

The hosts from the team from AFRL were:

Nancy Roberts; Dana Stefanic; and Dr. Elizabeth Bentley.

The hosts from the DOT were:

Christina Gravelding; and Stephan Widomski.

The host from the team at the Solid Waste Authority was:

Andrew Opperman, PE

The hosts from Clinton Pet Vets were:

Dr. Jessica Price and team.

The host from Nelson was:

Scott Maneen


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