Announcing the Winner of the L.C. Smith Prize for Engineering and Technology Writing for the 2012 issue of Stone Canoe
The winner of this year’s prize for engineering and technology writing is Brian Rautio, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
The winning piece, entitled, “Boffins, Tech and RADAR, Oh My!” is a discussion of the changing perception of the value of scientists and engineers and how the decline in public understanding of these topics affects everything from public policy to technical innovation.
In addition to having his work published in the 2012 issue of Stone Canoe journal, Rautio will be awarded $500 for his outstanding writing.
In the summer of 2011, Dean Laura J. Steinberg announced the inaugural L.C. Smith Price for Engineering and Technology Writing for the 2012 issue of Stone Canoe, A Journal of Art, Literature and Social Commentary that is published by Syracuse University. This article was featured in the seventh edition of the journal, which can be found at www.stonecanoejournal.org
“We are pleased to announce the guest editors for the seventh edition of the Stone Canoe, which will join a stellar list of returning editors,” said Robert Colley, senior editor of the journal. The next edition of Stone Canoe is scheduled to be published in January of 2013.
Joining several guest editors is the technical editor Jerrold Heller ’63, an LCS electrical engineering alumnus and current member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. Heller has played a key role in the development of state-of-the art digital communication technology, and has been awarded several patents and authored many papers on a range of discoveries in this area. He has held leadership positions in several major corporations and has received two Emmy awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in engineering development.
Launched in 2006, the award-winning publication aims at increasing the public understanding of engineering and technology and their awareness of the role engineering plays in shaping modern society. They seek submissions of visual art, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and short plays.
Stone Canoe showcases the work of a diverse mix of emerging and well-established artists and writers with connections to Upstate New York. In doing so, the journal supports Syracuse University's ongoing efforts to nurture creative community partnerships and seeks to promote a greater awareness of the cultural and intellectual richness that characterizes life in the region.
Stone Canoe won medals in three Independent Book Publishers’ Competitions and is recognized as the most inclusive and innovative publication of its kind in Upstate New York.
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