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H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence

An Award of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in Partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence

This award is in recognition of H. Joseph Gerber’s (1924-1996) technical leadership in inventing, developing and commercializing manufacturing automation systems for a wide variety of industries worldwide. An elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Mr. Gerber received the National Medal of Technology in 1994 followed by the Connecticut Medal of Technology in 1995.

Joe Gerber’s contributions to the technological capabilities of manufacturing were the result of a life grounded in genius, and shaped by vision and determination. As an inventor and as founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and President of Gerber Scientific, Inc., Mr. Gerber was a leader for nearly half a century in inventing and producing factory automation equipment designed to solve global manufacturing problems. Mr. Gerber shaped his companies and the industries they served with a vision—of increasing human potential through technology; of eliminating tedious, time-consuming manual tasks through automation that increases productivity; and of creating technology that directly and immediately revolutionized manufacturing for companies both large and small. Today, Joe Gerber’s genius continues to dominate in the manufacture of apparel and flexible materials, signs and commercial graphics, and lenses for eyeglasses.

Mr. Gerber made the following comments upon his receipt of the National Medal of Technology in 1994: “This award is more than a symbol of personal achievement as it is the highlight of a long and productive career for me. It is an affirmation that manufacturing automation has enhanced every aspect of human life and profoundly impacted the standard of living of every person and nation in the world. I am only one of the many who have contributed to our nation’s rich technological heritage and one of the fortunate few to be recognized for his achievements.”

The 2018 H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence is awarded to the top winners of the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). They are the winners of the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences Senior Divisions and the High School Winner of the Urban School Challenge. The Urban School Challenge winners, a team of two, each received a plaque and a $500 honorarium. The Life and Physical Science winners received a solid silver medal and a $1,000 honorarium. All winners received a Letter of Commendation and Certificates of Recognition. Each high school was recognized with a Letter of Commendation and a $500 donation to its science department to further science and mathematics education from the Academy. The 2018 Gerber Medal winners are as follows:

The 2018 H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence

Emily Philippides, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT

2018 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair – 1st Place, Life Sciences-Senior Division
Project: Controlled-Release Delivery of Ovarian Anticancer Paclitaxel via Vortex Ring, Donut-shaped Hydrogels

Maya Geradi, Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT
2018 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair – 1st Place, Physical Sciences-Senior Division
Project: Synthesis and Separation of a Chiral Compound in Preparation of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Radiotracer

2018 H. Joseph Gerber Award

Srikar Godilla and Cristian Rodriguez, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, East Hartford, CT
2018 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair – Urban School Challenge High School Winner
Project: Effect of Experimental Parameters on Forming Prince Rupert’s Drops for Maximum Strength and Toughness

 


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