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TESLA Science and Engineering Expo slated for Oct. 16

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The third annual Tinker Science and Engineering Expo, hosted by the Tinker Engineers and Scientists Leadership Association, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hollywood and Vine in Bldg. 3001. Rocky Vo, with the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group and a contestant in last year’s event, educated attendees about the B-52 Brake Rider Seat Design. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

The Tinker Engineers and Scientists Leadership Association is scheduled to host its third annual Tinker Science and Engineering Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Hollywood and Vine in Bldg. 3001.

The poster-style expo provides an opportunity to highlight the work being done by scientists and engineers across the installation to support the Warfighter mission.

Jason Huebert, TESLA vice president and engineer for the 557th Software Maintenance Group, has been in charge of planning this year’s expo and said the group sent out forms to all scientists and engineers on base months ago to gather a wide array of submissions.

“The engineering expo is for scientists and engineers to show off what they’re working on and brag about the good work we get to do on base,” Huebert said. “It’s a time where we can have an unofficial awards ceremony where some things that maybe slipped through the cracks can get noticed and awarded.”

TESLA is an organization open to installation engineers and scientists, providing them with networking opportunities. Huebert said a survey conducted by the group showed some Tinker scientists and engineers didn’t feel like they were being recognized by leadership and that the expo is a solution to that problem. The expo also provides knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for presenters.

“We always have good participation from the Aircraft Maintenance Group,” Huebert said. “They typically have something they’ve built or designed to save the Warfighter millions of dollars.”

Stephen Russell, TESLA president and computer scientist for the 557th SMXG who organized last year’s expo, said participation has varied from year to year.

“It all depends on how much new content there is,” Russell said.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project in four categories including impact, innovation, cost-avoidance and leadership and collaboration.  

Like last year, the TESLA Science and Engineering Expo will be held in coordination with the Tinker Energy Action Month Expo, giving the day’s attendee’s one stop for their innovation and knowledge sharing needs.

Questions regarding this year’s expo can be directed to Hubert at 76SMXG.TESLA.EngineeringExpo@us.af.mil.