56th National JSHS May 2-5, 2018

The time is here for the 56th National JSHS. When a handful of STEM education pioneers came together in 1962, they had a grand vision of a program to celebrate the accomplishments of young men and women and provide opportunities and encouragement to continue their pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math. We are proud to say that we are living up to that vision with thousands of students across the United States, Puerto Rico, and DoD Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific participating each year. This tri-service program is truly a catalyst for global impact in STEM!

On May 2, we welcome 230 students to compete in the capstone JSHS event, the National Symposium. The US Army, Navy, and Air Force along with our university partners and the Academy of Applied Science have planned an extraordinary event for all of our attendees, students, judges, STEM professionals, and our regional staff and volunteers.

Featured Speakers

Kelly A. Basi, Ph.D, US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Address: Leading from the Bench to the Frontlines

Dr. Basi serves as the BioDefense Branch Chief (2017-present), as a Supervisory Biologist, within the BioSciences Division at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC). The BioDefense Branch conducts research and development programs in the areas of microbiological, biochemical, chemical and computational fields. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University where her dissertation focused on determining and elucidating the structure of the Vacuolating cytotoxin (VacA) from Helicobacter pylori using x-ray crystallography and electron microscopy. Dr. Basi also earned a B.S in Biochemistry from Miami University of Ohio.

Robert Clemens, Ph.D., Technical Adviser, Low Observables, Air Force Management Center, Air Force Material Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Dr. Robert Clemens, a senior level executive member, is Technical Adviser, Low Observables, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Material Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Clemens provides technical oversight, advice and guidance in low observable technology to the highest Air Force and government officials. Dr Clemons is a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton OH with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, A Member of the Association of Old Crows and a Member of the Nation Defense Industrial Association.

William D. Phillips, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Physics

Dr. Phillps is currently the leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory, and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, a cooperative research venture of NIST and the University of Maryland that is devoted to the study of quantum coherent phenomena. At the JQI he is the co-director of an NSF-funded Physics Frontier Center focusing on quantum phenomena that span different subfields of physics. In 1997, Dr. Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

DoD STEM Experience: Panel

On Thursday morning, we will showcase DoD alumni and STEM professionals from the tri-services and local institutions around our theme, Catalyst for Global Impact. The morning begins with a panel discussion with:

  • Steve Trettel, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara. Alumni: National JSHS, 2005-2008.
  • Victoria Van, an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, pursuing a career in cyber security.
  • Jamie Gates, a Chemical Engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia
  • Dr. Allan Katz, a senior researcher in ceramic matrix composites with the Air Force Research Laboratory Samuel Ramsey, a Ph.D. candidate in entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an alumnus of the National JSHS.
  • Samuel Ramsey, Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland, College Park.  Alumni:  National  JSHS, 2007.

Additional Highlights

Discussion Groups with STEM Professionals

Students will meet and speak with 28 STEM professionals who represent research and development divisions of the Department of Defense, academia, other government agencies, and the non-profit and private sectors. In many respects, this will be JSHS students’ first professional networking opportunity to discuss current research, career paths, and educational and scholarship opportunities to support their next steps.

Laboratory Tours

Students and chaperones will embark on tours to local research facilities to see science and engineering in action.

  • US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • US Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi
  • US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Johns Hopkins University Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
  • University of Maryland, Catalysis Engineering Lab
  • NAVSEA Carderock
  • McCormick Technology Innovation Center

We have more in store for our 56th National JSHS delegates, judges, volunteers, staff, and guests. To watch the days unfold, please follow us on social media:

Thank you

Finally, we extend our deepest gratitude to the US Army, Navy, and Air Force who make this program possible. Their tri-service effort and the commitment of our volunteers and regional symposia are open the world of possibilities to all JSHS to dream big and become catalysts for global impact themselves.