Twinsburg, Ohio – May 5, 2022 – Reuter-Stokes, a Baker Hughes business, hosted a successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) event for 100 Twinsburg-Area High School students at its global headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio today.
A VIP appearance from Cruz Pedregon, two-time winner of the National Hot Rod Association Drag Racing Series Funny Car competition, championed the theme of the event, “driving technology innovation.” Sponsored by Reuter-Stokes, Pedregon showcased his $325,000 ‘Nitro Funny Car’ to deliver a series of presentations that demonstrated the cutting-edge technology used in Funny Car drag racing vehicles – technology that allows the cars to reach speeds of more than 330 mph.
“I’m passionate about STEM Programs, so it was a privilege to meet the students today and explain a little more about the boundary-busting technology that we use to get our car to hit zero to 100 in under 0.8 seconds,” said Pedregon. “With the quickest acceleration on the planet, Nitro Funny Cars are the king of the drag racing world.
“Just like Reuter-Stokes, professional Drag Racing relies on talented people to develop new technology and make us smarter, safer, quicker, more accurate, more reliable and more efficient. Investing, as Reuter-Stokes is doing, in the future engineers, physicists and scientists is really important.”
Reuter-Stokes, who designs and manufactures sensors that operate in some of the most critical applications across the globe, including sensors for nuclear reactors, oil & gas, radiation detection and other markets, hailed the event a ‘resounding success’ and promised to repeat in 2023.
Spanning the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines, the series of interactive activities and demonstrations at the event made a lasting impression on students. Activities included a water balloon catapult challenge and panel discussions spanning the topics of females in STEM, young engineer development, and alternative STEM career pursuits.
Asia Howard, a student from Twinsburg High School said: “I’ve always been interested in how things work. Learning how sensors are used around the world was really cool - nuclear power plants would literally not produce power without Reuter-Stokes sensors! The hot rod was awesome too! The event helped me figure out that a career in engineering or technology might be a smart move. Thank you to everyone involved.”
“Our objective today was to open minds,” said Rod Martinez, vice president of Reuter-Stokes. “From showing the innovation required in a hot rod to demonstrating how Reuter-Stokes technology literally helps keep the lights on across the US, I hope that we’ve inspired a few students to consider a career in the STEM fields.
“Investing for growth, we are always looking to recruit talented people; I’d love to think that in a few years some of today’s students will be back at Reuter-Stokes and developing the cool, tough, ground-breaking sensor technology that we deploy in some of the world’s most challenging applications.”
Reuter-Stokes, a Baker Hughes business, designs and manufactures mission-critical measuring devices for precise radiation measurement, pressurized and boiling water reactor monitoring, UV flame detection, and downhole sensors for directional drilling.
Based in Twinsburg, Ohio, Reuter-Stokes offers more than six decades of on-going expertise in the design, manufacturing and installation of its extensive portfolio of gamma and neutron detection technologies. As an industry leader, the company provides innovative technologies and services including extensive research, development, and production of high-quality detectors for a broad range of radiation monitoring applications. Visit us at Reuter-Stokes.com.
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