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Fuentek President Named Judge For NCFIRST Robotics Competition

Laura A. Schoppe Supports Inaugural Science And Engineering Tournament

(March 9, 2010)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Fuentek president Laura A. Schoppe was selected to judge the NCFIRST Robotics Competition Regional Tournament. The event, which was held at Dorton Arena in Raleigh April 1-3, showcased the work of teams of high school students, who had six weeks to design and build a robot from a “kit of parts” provided by the competition. Each team was paired with professional mentors to guide them through the process. Teams had to follow a set of rules when constructing their robot, and then submit it to the competition where they were judged on design, team spirit, professionalism and maturity, and their problem-solving abilities.

“I am excited to be judging the N.C. Regional Tournament for NCFIRST Robotics,” said Schoppe. “I support the organization’s mission of getting students interested in and excited about engineering and research, so I am happy to help with this tournament in any way that I can. And with the event being open to the public, everyone can come and enjoy these fun, high-tech races.”

Read these related stories on our Blog:

"Day 1 of the 2010 NCFIRST Robotics Competition: My brief career as a robot inspector" (link opens new browser window)

"Gracious Professionalism Triumphs at NCFIRST Robotic Competition" (link opens new browser window)


- A total of 19 teams from high schools across the state competed in the competition.

- The N.C. Regional Tournament is free and the public was welcome.

-Visit (link opens new browser window) to learn more.


Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management services with a specialization in technology commercialization. In her role as president, Laura is responsible for managing relationships as well as establishing strategic client plans and conducting training workshops for clients. In 2005 and 2006, recognized Fuentek as one of the top 50 women-owned businesses in North Carolina. Laura also has more than 12 years of successful experience in spearheading research for several defense contractors, as well as an extensive background in all aspects of intellectual property management, particularly leading license negotiation activities from transition innovations to new products. She has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities and government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. As a result of her expertise, Laura has been selected to speak at several national and international conferences and has published many papers and book chapters. In 2008 Laura was recognized as one of the Triangle's top 25 businesswomen with Triangle Business Journal's prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills in the innovation category.

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