Governor’s School Students Present Ideas on Solar-Powered Cars, Cleaner Water at Rutgers University Symposium

NEW BRUNSWICK — Solar-powered electric cars, “smart clothes” that protect their owners from traffic, and using tiny duckweed flowers to help clean water were among the research projects presented last week by 87 New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology students.

Governor’s School scholars are high school students entering their senior year who were selected for the program from more than 300 applicants. Among the students who presented research projects on July 27 at the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus were Benjamin Chabanon (Springfield), Tasha Kewalramani and Elizabeth Borowiec (Summit), and Linda Liu (Westfield), Yinan Wang and Dhriti Kishore (East Brunswick), Christian Tabedzki (Metuchen), Arpit Sheth, Parlin, Ian Naccarella and Niral Shah (Piscataway), William Yen and Nikita Dave (Edison), Kimberly Son (Woodbridge), and Kaitlyn Pellicano (Dunellen). Students worked in small groups during the four-week program.

“The Governor’s School cultivates an all-important interest in mathematics and science for high-achieving students from diverse economic backgrounds. Governor’s School graduates have made important contributions to research that benefit the State and global economy. We are very proud of the research the students presented last Friday at Rutgers,” said Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education. Her office administers State funding for the Governor’s School.

Hosted by the School of Engineering, students live on the Rutgers campus during the summer. Emphasis is placed on solving complex issues that exist on a local, state, national, and international level. The scholars participated in college-level courses and a variety of life-skills workshops. They visited local corporations and engaged in activities that will help them connect with professors, professionals, and peers throughout the state.

“The students went through an application process after being nominated by their high schools. All nominated students had to have stellar grades and SAT scores, write personal statements and submit two letters of recommendation,” according to Dr. Ilene Rosen, Director of the Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology. Three-hundred applications were received, seeking one of the 87 available spots, Rosen said.

This year’s program was funded by the State of New Jersey, Rutgers University, Morgan Stanley, Lockheed Martin, South Jersey Industries, Inc., and PSE&G.

Dr. Birnie (Rutgers, School of Engineering), Kevin Chan (Chatham), Ian Naccarella (Piscataway), Keith Gladstone (Bridgewater), William Yen (Edison), and Stoyan Lazarov (RTA) worked on a project called “Exploring Electric Vehicles with PSEG”

Emily Bridges (Summit), Dhriti Kishore (East Brunswick) and Joseph Pedo (West Orange) worked on a smart phone app analysis project.

Diana Liao (Warren), Tasha Kewalramani (Summit), Rellie Luo (Cresskill), and Jin Shin (Woodcliff Lake) looked at Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks for Bio-medical Applications.

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