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ESF-mentored Student Honored

Joshua Kline at Intel National Science & Engineering Fair


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Duplicating the human touch brought fourth place honors to Liverpool High School freshman Joshua Kline at the Intel National Science and Engineering Fair in Louisville, Ky. this month.

Mr. Kline’s award-winning mechanical arm with a gripper can sense something fragile and lift it without crushing it, much like the human hand. Kline worked closely with Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, a professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and chair of the Faculty of Paper Science and Engineering, to develop the machine.

This one-on-one mentoring relationship is part of ESF’s larger educational outreach program in which the college works with area school districts to educate high school students in the sciences.

In March, Kline took top honors at the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair allowing him to move on to the Intel competition. He was among the youngest Central New York students to reach the international level of competition. Thirty-nine countries were represented at this year’s Intel National Science and Engineering Fair. The engineering category in which Kline was entered had 145 participants.

In addition to the fourth place award and $500, Kline also received an award from NASA for his accomplishments as someone 16 years old or under.