For the 4th year in a row Duquesne University hosted the Region 7 competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition for high school and middle school students. Our J.R. Gaines, Technical Director of Education, on behalf of the Western PA chapter of the American Vacuum Society, repeated his 2017 duties and presented six Special Awards, worth $100 each to students in physics, chemistry and engineering.
The awarded projects topics were:
- Can Indium be recycled from flat panel displays and cell phones?
- Acoustic spectral fingerprints for water distribution system monitoring
- Chlorine doping of perovskite solar cells
- Is Perpetual motion possible or not?
- Optimal material for the 3D printing of human organ models
- What type of baseball bat hits the farthest?
Our congratulations go out to Liam Kiernan, Eleanor Bath-Wu, Sanjay Seshan, Joseph Finkelstein, Grant Cunningham, and Nabav Gilboa for their outstanding projects.
The Lesker Company was joined by other local technology giants including Westinghouse Nuclear, Bechtel, Carnegie Melon, Pitt, and local chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, The American Chemical Society, The American Society of Civil Engineers and many others.
Representing AVS and its 4,500 national members, Gaines said of the 760 contestants, “It is an honor to represent the vacuum community again at this prestigious event and the fact that 50% of the participants are women represents a major advance in the number of great brains working on our most difficult technological problems. This is a major accomplishment for our STEM programs and gives me hope that finally we are bringing all of the talent of our species to the table. We will innovate even faster and solve the great challenges that threaten our planet.”