I just graduated from Kings Park High School. Throughout my high school career, I was active in many extracurricular activities (see resume). Of 241 students in my class, I was ranked 10. My schedule included 4 Advanced Placement classes, a humanities course, and Chamber Singers, a vocal chamber choir in which I sing tenor part. Unfortunately, AP Physics was not an available class this year, so I studied AP Chemistry instead.
My interest in science dates back to elementary school, where I began entering projects into the district science fair. From testing the effects of bleach on marigolds to measuring the effects of temperature upon sonar in solutions of salt water, I enriched my knowledge of the world through the scientific method. Many years I was awarded placement, others I simply enjoyed planning, testing, and presenting my projects. I continued to enter the Kings Park Central School District Science Fair into 11th grade. That year I won 2nd place, overall.
Since I was an accelerated student, I studied Biology in 8th grade. Then Earth Science as a freshman in high school, followed by Chemistry and Physics. I applied for the district's Independent Science Research Program in 8th grade, in hope of being accepted in 9th. I was not accepted. I applied again as a Freshman and was accepted my Sophomore year.
My first contest, the Duracell/NSTA Invention Challenge. My invention, "The Cycle Siren." Unfortunately I cannot share the exact details of it at this time, however, put simply, it is a chain connected to an intricate alarm system to protect one's bike from being stolen. Although I had a little help from my Electrical Engineer Grandfather, I came up with the idea, drew the schematics for, and constructed the entire system. Learning some simple electronics, such as relays and voltage consumption, I wired, soldered, and tested. I won 5th place overall and recieved a small cash award. Better yet, I developed a strong interest in electronics.
Through that summer and into my Junior year, I searched for something to do, I searched for an Intel level project. I read books on mechanics and gained a contact in Mechanical Engineering here at Stony Brook University. His name is Professor Lyn-Shu Wang and for many months he and I discussed intercooling of diesel engines. I entered the Simons Summer Fellowship Program in his research group, only there was very little research for me to be doing. So, I found some new topics of interest and went for a few interviews. The first, with a Materials Science and Engineering group, the second, the Metcalf Research Group in the Physics and Astronomy Department. The interview went well and I was soon making friends and playing with optics in the Laser Teaching Center. I began researching Optical Tweezers with a partner, Paul Tchertchian. When the Simons Fellowship ended, I remained and Paul did not. The amount of work I did to prepare for Intel cannot be quantized. Needless to say, it paid off.
I am now attending to Lehigh University as an engineering student and am currently undecided as to which field I would like to pursue. I plan to further my studies at graduate school.
My classes this semester include Calculus I, Chemical Principles/Lab, Freshman English, and Engineering Computations.