Joseph Wade Ogburn is currently a senior at Peters Township High School and will be attending the Honors College in Engineering at Virginia Tech University in the fall, where he plans to major in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mechatronics. His dream is to work with the military to develop smart drones that can explore dangerous areas to save the lives of service men and women. He is also interested in the development of satellite technology for military strategy and defense. In August 2012, Joseph helped start a US FIRST Robotics Team named the Titanium Titans #4467. He spent three years on the team, working on every technical sub-team available, and is currently an Electrical and Mechanical Sub-tem Leader. Joseph has a passion for helping younger students and has recruited fellow Titans to design and run a variety of robotics workshops for them. He is also an Eagle Scout, having accumulated over 400 hours of community service in high school between the Boy Scouts and FIRST Robotics. His service included working for Scouting for Food, Eagle Scout project assistance, mentoring FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams, and helping design and run STEM exploration workshops for younger students. Joseph has been an active member of the Order of the Arrow Leadership and Service Organization since 2011. His scholarship will help fund his Bachelor of Science degree at Virginia Tech.
Joseph received the SSPI Northeast Chapter Scholarship in 2015.
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