George “Bob” Wisner

George "Bob" Wisner

Bob began his association with the Connecticut Science Fair when he first participated as a 7th grader from Hartford’s Kennelly School. He competed through his high school years and represented Connecticut at the National Science Fair in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 as a result of his science project work Bob was offered an internship at United Technologies Research Center where he was encouraged to explore his interests in electronics and optics.

After receiving his electrical engineering degree from the University of Connecticut, Bob became a full-time research engineer doing research in high-energy lasers, adaptive optics, and power electronics. His research and product development efforts produced 15 patents. His proudest career accomplishment was leading a research team in the development of an automated clinical gait analysis system used to evaluate children with cerebral palsy. Bob finished his UTC career at Otis Elevator as engineering manager for elevator drives retiring from Otis Elevator in 1999. He is now a part-time electrical engineering consultant.

His volunteer support of the Connecticut Science Fair began in the early seventies when his 7th grade science teacher asked him to become involved with the Fair’s Advisory Council. Bob became chairman of the Fair’s board of directors in 1974 and Fair Director in 1989. Bob and his wife, Sue, have three children and five grandchildren. He and Sue enjoy sailing in their good old sailboat, “Bittersweet”. He credits his science fair participation to his middle school science teacher, Mr. Gibson, who encouraged him to compete throughout his high school years.