On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Fairfield University held its 21st annual Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards. Co-sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the event recognized 29 juniors from public, private and parochial high schools in Fairfield and New Haven Counties for exceptional aptitude in science and mathematics.
Dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering Bruce Berdanier, PhD, and Chris Speights, director of mission system integration at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., presented the students with medals and certificates at a lunchtime ceremony held in the University’s Dolan School of Business, where the young scholars mingled with faculty from the School of Engineering, local business leaders, the admissions staff and guests from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
Usman Asif ’08, MS’09, who leads the combat rescue helicopter engineering team at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and was guest speaker at the event, said in his remarks, “The future of STEM is bright. The industry is going to be overhauled and there will be plenty of jobs in this sector compared to others.” Asif also invited students to focus on the three “E’s” — education, experience and exposure.
Participating High Schools and award recipients are as follows: Gianfranco Alvarez, Kolbe Cathedral HS; Sara Anwer, Fairfield Warde HS; Ameet Banala, Bethel HS; Maria Paula Barbosa, Convent of the Sacred Heart; Adam Boczar, Joel Barlow HS; Bowen Chen, Fairfield Preparatory HS; Xuran Chen, Immaculate HS; Ava Corsi, Joseph A. Foran HS; Meghan Dana, Derby HS; Jackson Delgado, Staples HS; Annabel Devault, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering; Ana Flores-Munoz, The Bridge Academy; Miranda Holland, Common Ground HS; Alex Kane, Hopkins School; William Alexander King, Green Farms Academy; Forrest Lazzara, Darien HS; Jason Liu, King Low Heywood, Alyssa Moore, Bunnell HS; Brianna Mulloy, Masuk HS; Grace Murray, Lauralton Hall; Brandon Reid, Wooster Hall, Lindsay Salvati, Notre Dame HS; Saloni Shah, Trumbull HS, Christopher Strong, Henry Abbott Technical HS; Neha Swamy, Shelton HS; Michelle Woo, Greenwich HS; Allen Xue, Newtown HS; Kevin Zhao, Amity Regional Sr. HS; and Jennifer Zheng, Fairfield Ludlowe HS.
(l-r): Meghan Dana of Derby HS, Miranda Holland of Common Ground HS in New Haven, Neha Swamy of Shelton HS, and Kevin Zhao of Amity Regional Sr. HS in Woodbridge