Merriam-Webster defines “symbiosis” as follows: the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism or commensalism) OR a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups). Whether it be the team members currently participating or families, when groups of people come together, great things are bound to happen. The Clean Tech Competition and Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation are an example of that second definition…Great things are coming!
A partnership between Spellman and the Clean Tech Competition has been struck and the two will now have a cooperative relationship to continue to showcase these incredible young minds. Spellman is a family owned and managed company established in 1947, and is the world’s leading independent supplier of precision DC high voltage power supplies, X-Ray generators and Monoblock® X-Ray sources for medical, industrial and scientific applications. While you may not know or see their products on a name basis, if you’ve ever had an x-ray, chances are one of their products has been there. The Clean Tech Competition has been around for less than a decade but in that time has shown the world what the bright young high school minds are capable of and how their ideas will shape the future and health of our precious blue planet.
With such a partnership, the Clean Tech Competition is assured of two more successful years of demonstrating the power of these young minds alongside an industry powerhouse. Loren Skeist is President and CEO of Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp stated, “Spellman HV Electronics 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”.
Dr. Ray Ann Havasy is a Director at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning, the nonprofit organization that puts on the Clean Tech Competition. When asked for comment, she replied, “I am thrilled to have Spellman High Voltage Electronics serving as the title sponsor for the Clean Tech Competition. Their passion for innovation in their field matches wonderfully with the spirit of Clean Tech. This competition inspires the bright young minds around the world to showcase their passion and knowledge in creating sustainable ideas that will help the planet for years to come.”
This partnership comes with exciting opportunities, besides a partner committed to STEM as CSTL is and a University dedicated to the same, there is also a name change. Where once it was simply the Clean Tech Competition it is now known as The Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition.
While names change, the purpose of the Competition remains the same, to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators and encourage scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.