Quest for Excellence Award Winners Honored at Sci-Quest Ball
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Mad scientists were on the loose this weekend in Huntsville. Sci-Quest held its annual Mad Scientist Ball on Saturday evening. The 2013 Quest for Excellence Awards were presented at the Mad Scientist Ball – an annual fundraising event to benefit Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center. The awards focus on individuals who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) related careers.
This year, Sci-Quest focused its Quest for Excellence Awards on achievements in energy. The 2013 awards recognize members of the community who have, through ingenuity and innovation, developed a technology based solution for a critical problem. Award winners were nominated and then selected by an independent panel of judges.
The 2013 Quest for Excellence Award winners are:
Academia Category: Dr. Jason Cassibry, UAHuntsville
Dr. Cassibry is an Associate Professor at the Propulsion Research Center, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UAHuntsville and is responsible for the development of fusion power propulsion research in the Propulsion Research Center. His research has placed the Propulsion Research Center at UAHuntsville as the academic center of excellence for research in fusion propulsion. He has been successful in obtaining an Innovation Award from the State of Alabama and in promoting research with local businesses. Dr. Cassibry is breaking new ground in fusion research and making UAHuntsville the center of excellence in this research endeavor.
Educator Category: Mike Evans, Huntsville City Schools
Mr. Evans is a Design Drafting instructor and team lead for Greenpower Team USA which consists of students from the Huntsville Center for Technology to advance their education in design, engineering and electronics. Mr. Evans presented the Greenpower project to his students as a unique challenge that supports STEM education. His students designed, built and raced their own electric car and earned a spot at the 2013 Greenpower National Finals in the United Kingdom. The students placed seventh out of 14 competitors at the Greenpower Education Trust’s Central South Regional Heat and finished 13th out of 50 in the four-hour race. They also won the Best Newcomer Award and the Siemens Innovator Award. Team USA is the first from outside the United Kingdom to be invited to participate in the Greenpower races. Team USA will go back to England in October for the finals.
Industry Category: Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corporation
Mr. Singhal is a Director in CFD Research Corporation’s Biomedical and Energy Division. He oversees the development of a number of Energy technologies from initial concept development to proof of principle and technology demonstration. One of these technologies is the Bio-Battery, which is a safe portable fuel cell that runs 24/7 silently and at room temperature. The device uses enzymes as low-cost, renewable catalysts to convert readily-available biofuels directly into electrical energy. The Bio-Battery represents a safe alternative which is low cost, silent, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Furthermore its biocompatibility allows for extension to implantable applications such as self-powered sensors and implantable medical devices.
“The Quest for Excellence Awards is a great way for Sci-Quest to formally recognize and acknowledge all the hard work that is being done by people in our community,” said Cyndy Morgan, executive director of Sci-Quest.