During the month of April 2020, Judd Foster was selected as the 2nd recipient of the CMPA Scholarship award. Judd is a Highland graduate and a first-year student at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Engineering Science. This four-year undergraduate program will allow him to specialize in electronics in his third year. Striving for excellence, he earned a 3.85 GPA in his first term and was recognized on the Dean’s Honour Roll after completing his second term.
Community minded, Judd joined the SFU Robot Soccer Club’s electronics team. Working together with mechanical and software teams, the club’s goal is to fabricate a robot that incorporates the use of motors, sensors, and wireless communication to prepare for upcoming competitions. While quickly assuming a general leadership role within his work group, he was appointed Electronics Team Leader. He is currently implementing improvements to make the team more efficient, and even though this adds to his daily work load, it’s also a way for him to relieve stress and share his passion with others as he builds working relationships and make connections with his fellow teammates.
Recently, as part of an Academic project Judd created a device to detect drowsiness in vehicle drivers using an infra-red camera to recognize when the eyes close. It also included capacitive sensors mounted on the steering wheel to detect grip changes.
As a recent Skills Canada Nationals gold medal winner in electronics, he became a member of Team Canada and dedicated himself to over a year of intensive training, competing in World Skills in the UAE in electronics at a post-secondary level. Since the competition, he is volunteering with Skills Canada, offering leadership to participants in the electronics trade. He continues to mentor the Highland First Robotics team, offering direction, guidance and support in programming for their spring competition.
While at High school, he excelled in electronics and wanted to give back to the school's program and he wanted to help inspire students in the field of science and engineering. So to complete this goal he became a teacher’s assistant during his graduating year where he lead, directed and supported students in Robotics by creating electronic and robotic demonstrations for classroom projects and helped manage the class.
Due to the current policies in relation to social distancing and groups, no photo was taken of the cheque presentation.
Congratulations Judd, your scholarship is certainly well deserved!
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