Governor’s School Students Present Projects Ranging From Robots To SmartPhone Games

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Improving methods of making elastomeric robots, using conscious thought to control computer applications, employing wireless sensors to detect injuries to dancers, and developing SmartPhone games to aid physical therapy were among the research projects presented last week by 88 New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & 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 scholars who presented research projects on July 26 at the Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus were Sophia E (East Brunswick); Radheshwar Arora, Nitasha Goyal, and Divya Rohira (Edison); Nitika Yadlapalli (Monmouth Junction); Juilee Malavade (North Brunswick); and Roweena Kanj (South Plainfield). Students worked in small groups during the four-week program.

“The Governor’s School is an important program that sparks students’ interest in math and science. Many graduates of the program have made important contributions, and we are very proud of the research students presented last month at Rutgers,” said Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, whose 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 outstanding grades and SAT scores, write personal statements and submit two letters of recommendation,” according to Ilene Rosen, director of the Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology. Over three hundred applications were received for the 88 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 New Jersey Resources.


Fabricating and Characterizing Polymers and Composites (from left to right) Ilana Goldberg: Morganville, Monmouth County; Sophia E: East Brunwick, Middlesex County; Thomas Emge (project mentor); Justin Gross: Lumberton, Burlington County; Justin Lin: Somerset, Somerset County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Brain Control (from left to right) Joseph Doyle : Marlton, Burlington County; Radheshwar Arora: Edison, Middlesex County; Sabar Dasgupta: Princeton, Mercer County; Rachel Yang: Leonia, Bergen County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Fabrication in a Clean Room: Key to Success from Microelectronics to Nanotechnology (from left to right): Kevin Mao: Glen Rock, Bergen County; Soumya Sudhakar: Green Brook, Somerset County; Dr. Pavel Reyes (project mentor); Madelyn Hutton: Leonia, Bergen County; Nitasha Goyal: Edison, Middlesex County; Walter Roper: Lebanon, Hunterdon County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Electric Motor Design (from left to right) Heather Torres: Sicklerville, Camden County; Elizabeth Hallenborg: Summit, Union County; Austin Schober: Mickleton, Gloucester County; Divya Rohira: Edison, Middlesex County; Cole Carlin: Ocean City, Cape May County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Schlieren Visualization of Shock Waves in Supersonic Flow (back row, from left to right) Nitika Yadlapalli: Monmouth Junction, Middlesex County; Eric He: Princeton Junction, Mercer County; (front row, from left to right) Christopher Painter: Maplewood, Essex County; Mark DeCesare: Marlton, Burlington County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Autonomic Cloud Computing! (from left to right) Juilee Malavade: North Brunswick, Middlesex County; Noah Lee: Cranford, Union; County; Dominick Lam: Morganville, Monmouth County; Dennis Park: Wayne, Passaic County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)


Biomechanics of Human Body Motion (from left to right) Benjamin Ker: Hasbrouck Heights, Bergen County; Amy Zheng: Nutley, Essex County; Hyemin (Christine) Kim: Old Tappan, Bergen County; Roweena Kanj: South Plainfield, Middlesex County; Sreela Kodali: Morganville, Monmouth County (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education)

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