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Young Scientists from Around the State Will Compete For Top Honors at the 65th California State Science Fair

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 1,000 of the state's top middle and high school students will convene for the final round of competition in the 65 [th] annual California State Science Fair, May 23-24, 2016 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Winners will take home a combined total of more than $50,000 in cash prizes. The Fair's presenting sponsor is Northrop Grumman Corporation with additional support from Chevron Corporation, GoDaddy.com, LLC, Southern California Gas Company, THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Robert Curbeam, vice president of Mission Assurance, Quality and Raytheon Six Sigma™ for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). and former NASA astronaut, will give the keynote address. Curbeam is responsible for the development and integration of Raytheon's Mission Assurance road map, execution of the Quality Management System and continuous improvement across the business. Before joining Raytheon, he was president of the Aerospace and Defense Division for ARES Corporation, and held a wide range of positions with NASA as director of Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance for the Constellation program, deputy director of Flight Crew Operations; and Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) branch chief. Curbeam was second-in-command for safety across NASA, as the deputy associate administrator of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA headquarters. During his tenure with NASA, he served on three space shuttle missions and seven spacewalks.

The keynote address will take place Monday, May 23 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Wallis Annenberg Building.

Walter O'Brien, Founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, Inc. and the inspiration behind the hit CBS television show, Scorpion, will serve...


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