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Local Students Rank among Best in the World in 2020 Fluor Engineering Challenge

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio -- July 20, 2020 -- Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) takes great pride in promoting science education in our community. This year FBP is honored to recognize three Pike County students who placed in the top 10 in the world in the 2020 Fluor Engineering Challenge.

“It is so encouraging to see local students not only taking an interest in science, but performing among the best in the world,” said J.D. Dowell, Site Project Director. “Our local schools are made up of excellent teachers who are inspiring students to take on challenges and these students are a wonderful representation of what our students can achieve when given the opportunity.”

Left to right: Spencer Fraley, Tanner Smallwood, and Michael Goodman. (Note: photo provided by the Pike County Career Technology Center. The picture was taken in the early spring before COVID guidelines recommended social distancing and wearing masks).

Pike County Career and Technology Center’s team of Spencer Fraley, Michael Goodman, and Tanner Smallwood finished in 10th place in the 15 to 18 age bracket. All three recently graduated from the Engineering Technology program.

This year’s engineering challenge asked students in elementary through high school to complete the Cricket Wicket Knockdown. The teams had to use common everyday household items and their engineering skills to see how many times they could knock a ball down a wicket in three minutes. Nearly 1,750 students from eight countries accepted the challenge.

“This is a true testament to the hard work of these students as they continue in their pursuit of engineering expertise,” said Jamie Steffy, Engineering Technology teacher. “We congratulate them and look forward to seeing what other achievements lie in their future.”

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Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs Engineering, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.