GHS’ Ishizuka to be awarded top science prize

Connecticut’s most talented young scientists and engineers will be honored by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering at its 37th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on May 31, at the University of Connecticut’s Rome Ballroom in Storrs. Winners of this year’s Connecticut Science Fair, Connecticut Science Challenge, Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and Connecticut Invention Convention will be recognized during the evening ceremonies, including Greenwich High School’s Ryota Ishizuka.

Ryota will receive The H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence, established by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and presented in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

The medal was created to recognize and honor H. Joseph Gerber’s (1924-1996) technical leadership in inventing, developing and commercializing manufacturing automation systems for a wide variety of industries, making those industries more efficient and cost-effective in a worldwide competitive environment. Ryota is being honored for finishing in first place in the Physical Sciences-Senior Division at the 2012 Connecticut Science Fair with the project An Organic Thin Film Transistor and Elastic Organic Solar Cell Based Electronic Skin for Biochemical and Tactile Sensing.

Academy member Paul R. Adams will give the keynote address. Mr. Adams is senior vice president of Operations and Engineering at Pratt & Whitney.

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering was chartered by the General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well being. For more information about the Academy, please see Ctcase.org.

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