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May 15, 2010

Farmingdale State Professor Mentors Intel Scholar Who Takes Top Prize

Oceanside Student Excels in Work with Dr. Hazem Tawfik

Dr. Hazem Tawfik
Dr. Hazem Tawfik
Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce that an Oceanside High School student mentored in research by Professor Hazem Tawfik placed first in the category of Energy and Transportation at Intel's New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF). The student, Michelle Llanos, took top prize for her fuel cell project, "The Effects of Membrane Thickness & Temperature on the Power Density of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell."
Llanos conducted her research through Farmingdale State 2009 summer research program. Professor Tawfik has served as IRTT's director since 1996.

Dr. Tawfik noted that Michelle's hard work during the 2009 High School Summer Research Program certainly paid off, "I wish Michelle great success as she continues her research in this important field."

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen said, "Research opportunities like this can have an inordinate influence on a young person's life.  I have observed this with numerous students who worked with me on research projects, and I applaud all of our professors who help students learn how to advance knowledge through scientific investigation."
Additional IRTT projects include the building of a small-scale hydrogen-solar powered model home, and the testing and evaluating of various grades of biofuel for small and large vehicles. In collaborating with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Farmingdale's efforts through IRTT may lead to renewable, energy-efficient fuels to help reduce American dependency on foreign oil.

NYSSEF is the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)/Science Service affiliated State Fair for New York. The Intel ISEF is the world's preeminent international science project competition for students in the ninth through twelfth grades. The Intel ISEF brings together students, teachers, corporate executives and government officials from around the world. Students compete for more than $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants, scientific equipment, and scientific trips. The top high school projects from the Intel Division of NYSSEF will represent the State of New York at the 2010 Intel ISEF in San Jose, California.