Often times an organizations and companies work in concert with others, and this year there are many who’ve come together to make Clean Tech the prestigious, international competition that it is.
It goes without saying that Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. is an essential part of the Competition that now bears its name. Dr. Loren Skeist and his entire company have been an integral part of Clean Tech since 2017 and will continue to do so until 2020! Not only have they provided a financial commitment to Clean Tech, but their employees have been first and Final round judges. The company has opened their doors to our Finalist teams to take a tour and learn more about the high voltage electronics world and why it’s vital to our everyday life. This commitment to STEM and Clean Tech is demonstrated in a quote from the president and CEO himself: “Spellman is honored to partner with CSTL and Stony Brook University on this year’s Clean Tech Competition. Our long-standing commitment to clean technology and sustainability is reflected in the values of this wonderful program which promotes and rewards innovative clean technology product ideas submitted by teams of high school students from around the world. These brilliant minds represent the leaders of the future in this growing and important field and we are proud to sponsor this competition in support of their endeavors”.
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University has grown tremendously and is now recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship — carrying out the mandate given by the State Board of Regents in 1960 to become a university that would “stand with the finest in the country.” A member of the elite Association of American Universities, Stony Brook is one of the 62 top research institutions in North America, with $182.7 million in annual sponsored research and 1,866 active research projects. Campus research programs are complemented by strong ties to Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory which are both nearby. Joan Dickinson, Director, Community Relations at Stony Brook has made a two-year commitment to helping showcase all that these students have to offer the world!
In 2017, teams stayed at a variety of hotels including the Holiday Inn Express-Stony Brook. 2018 has brought even more exciting news. The hotel is giving our Finalists a discounted rate so they won’t have to search far and wide; the rooms will be waiting for the Finalist teams! A quote from their Director of Sales & Marketing, Tanya Lee, shows this dedication to STEM: “Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook is proud to be a part of the 2018 Clean Tech Competition. We truly understand the challenges of real-world issues and the need for integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. It’s with great pleasure that the Holiday Inn Express supports the young, innovative minds of the future. We wish all participants the best of luck with the competition and more importantly we support their drive for a further understanding of STEM.”
Nalgene and its parent company Thermo Fisher Scientific are the reason that our attending Finalist teams will be heading home with a 32 oz. wide-mouth bottle. Nalgene is known for its BPA-free reusable water bottles but also offers other reusable products and innovative ideas to help keep materials out of our nation’s landfills. Aimee Gasparre in their marketing department shares Nalgene’s passion for STEM and innovation: “Nalgene is proud to participate in the Spellman Clean Tech Competitions these past few years. Nalgene and Thermo Fisher Scientific, our parent company, strive to make the world a cleaner, healthier and safer environment, just like you all do! We wish all of you a very successful 2018 competition!”
Ecobee introduced the world’s first wi-fi enabled smart thermostat for residential and commercial use. Focused on creating simple smart home technology, ecobee’s products are beautifully designed, easy to use, and provide better comfort and savings for families—all while being good for our planet. ecobee is proud to support the 2018 Spellman Clean Tech Competition by donating one of their flagship smart thermostats to the winning team: the ecobee4 Smart Thermostats with built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service (valued at over $250 USD). This incredible home technology will not only help your family keep the electric bill low by reducing your home’s carbon footprint, but it’s the first smart thermostat you can talk to thanks to Alexa built inside. Annie Reid, the Communications Coordinator explains: “ecobee couldn’t be more excited to be part of this initiative, and we wish all of the participants the best of luck.”