Mark Matten, a resident of Carmel Valley and a rising sophomore at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, has been honored with a 2011 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Special Award. Matten’s project-based essay titled “Out of Harm’s Way: Ethical Challenges of Autonomous Military Robots” received the $500 1st-place prize from the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.
The award was presented at a June 1 ceremony at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Matten also won a first-place award for his Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Project, “Image Processing for Autonomous Military Robots.”
Matten is the son of Jenny and Mark Matten. Based in San Diego, the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology was founded in 2004 to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding, and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. The Center is co-sponsored by the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; the University of San Diego; and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. For information about The Bishop’s School visit