Senior Luke Philip '24 had an amazing opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS) at Carnegie Mellon University last summer. This STEM program brought together the top 71 rising seniors from Pennsylvania for a five-week tuition-free residential program focused on fostering a lifelong passion for science, 技术, 工程, 和数学.
Philip describes his experience in PGSS as incredibly challenging, rewarding, and unforgettable. 他选择了所有的五门核心课程, 包括离散数学, 有机化学, 强调狭义相对论的现代物理学, 癌症和干细胞生物学, 和计算机科学. 尽管课程很严格, Philip felt it was the right decision as he has grown significantly as a student. 这个项目非常强调合作, which taught him valuable skills in working efficiently and effectively as part of a team.
During his time in PGSS, Philip was selected to participate in a Biology Laboratory led by Dr. 卡莉·杜南，分子生物学专家. 另外, all students in the program were required to conduct formal research projects in their chosen field. 考虑到他对工程的热情, Philip naturally gravitated towards the electrical 工程 team project. 在博士的指导下. Chayanika Roy Chaudhury, Philip and three other students embarked on a research project focused on Inductive Loop Detectors (ILDs) and their applications in the transportation industry. Their goal was to enhance current simulation techniques using Ansys High-Frequency Simulation Software (Ansys HFSS). 在完成研究之后, the team had the opportunity to present their findings at the PGSS 2023 Research Symposium. They also submitted their research titled "Computational Modeling and Simulation of Inductive Traffic Loops for Vehicle Detection and 11月el Classification Utilizing Deep Learning" to the 2023 Journal of the PGSS, 它会很快以科学论文的形式发表在哪里.
GA’s Computer Science Department Chair Jason Oswald showed his support for Philip and his significant achievement. 根据奥斯瓦尔德, attending the closing ceremonies of this year's Governor's School was a fantastic experience. " It was clear that Luke has a real passion for innovative thinking and design, and had an opportunity to synthesize and consolidate several of his interests and passions into solving real-world problems,奥斯瓦尔德说. “It is equally clear that GA has prepared him not only for this kind of work in a knowledge and technical sense, 而且在合作和同理心方面. Luke is able to relate his ideas and to bring people on board with them in a way that makes everyone around him more productive."
Philip was among the selected finalists for the esteemed valedictory speaker position at the graduation ceremony. 虽然菲利普最终没有得到这个角色, he took satisfaction in knowing that his involvement in the program left a noteworthy impact.
“除了这个项目提供的教育发展之外, PGSS offered a truly memorable social experience throughout the five weeks at Carnegie Mellon,菲利普说。. “From my 70 peers in the 2023 class to the superb teaching assistants, the summer allowed me to form meaningful relationships with people all across the state. 来参加这个项目, I never expected to find such a strong group of friends and mentors, 对此我非常感激."