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Steve Yurechko, lead test engineer for Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's protection factor team, demonstrates gas masks at the Futures 11 conference at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md.

BEL AIR, Md. -- The U.S. Army\'s cutting-edge technology was on display for hundreds of aspiring scientists and engineers March 24 at Harford Community College.

The exhibits were part of the Futures 11 conference for 11th-grade students in Harford County.

Mayur Darji, who attends the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, said he is interested in robotics and engineering.

"[I enjoyed] getting to meet people who work at different facilities and what they do on a daily basis at their jobs and how they impact today's society," Darji said. "The engineering presentation about the 3D printer was interesting."

Students met Aberdeen Proving Ground workers from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center; Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center; Communications-Electronics Command; and Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.

Lawry Brooks, who works at APG in strategic planning for JPEO CBD, encouraged the students to consider serving America.

"We want to inspire the best and brightest of future generations to public service," Brooks said. "There is honor in serving your country. It's a rewarding and fulfilling career."

Brooks said his organization will be hiring in all engineering fields as well as biology and chemistry.

"[Students] are interested in the types of products we develop and how we develop it," Brooks said. "How we take basic science and technology and take it through the product life cycle, ultimately to providing capabilities to the Warfighters."

Ashley Brewer, who attends Harford Technical High School, said she would like to study engineering and design products to help people.

"I learned a lot of [the presenters can] open different opportunities for what I want to do. It gives me more options that I didn't think I had before," Brewer said.

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