, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced the winners of its second annual Student Infrared Imaging Competition, a contest that allows students to showcase their innovative ideas using thermal imaging technologies. The awards ceremony was held at the DRS facilities in
The winners for the "Best Overall Project" were,
, students from the
University of California San Diego
for their "3D Thermal RGB Mapping for Firefighting Robots" project. The team received the
grand prize for its winning project.
Students from the
University of Memphis
took second place with their project, "Forgery-proof Identification Using Sweat Gland Distribution." The team received a
The judges awarded third place to a team from the
of Science and Technology for its entry of a "New Method to Identify Counterfeit Products Using Infrared Cameras," earning them a
DRS Technologies' Chief Operating Officer,
reflected on the momentum of the program as he presided over the awards ceremony. "We are encouraged by the growth of this competition," said Murphy. "From an engineering perspective, we've seen progressively advanced applications of infrared imaging. The technical caliber of the entries for 'Best Overall Project' was remarkable. However, we are also enthusiastic about the addition of the 'Most Viral Video' category to the competition that inspired an artistic adaptation of thermal sensing and imaging technology. These new interpretations should serve to further extend the knowledge base for infrared applications to a larger audience."
Select students at participating universities were provided with Tamarisk®320 thermal imaging cameras, from the Network and Imaging Systems division of DRS, with the objective being to develop projects that portray the most innovative use of infrared imaging.