For the Class of 2016, the Next Generation Initiative’s Archimedes Awards has been expanded to include an award recognizing outstanding students coming from Greece to pursue STEM studies at U.S. universities — in addition to the original award created by Dr. Andrew Economos, recognizing outstanding Greek American students pursuing STEM studies. Of the 30 Next Generation STEM Scholars recognized for their academic excellence by an elite group of distinguished scientists and educators, the top Archimedes Award honors for 2016 are going to Caltech-bound Dessie Ann DiMino from New York, and the first Archimedes winner from Greece, Alexander Dimitrakakis of Athens, who is on his to MIT this fall.
For the past two years she has been taking science courses at Columbia University, while taking a full load in high school, winning robotics competitions, applying for a patent on a system that uses 3D printing technology to grow skin grafts for burn victims — while teaching young girls to code, performing classical piano in recitals and leading her fencing team to championships. Meet Dessie Ann DiMino, winner of the 2016 Archimedes Award, and a four-year scholarship that she is taking with her to Caltech in September, where she will be majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Robotics and Bioinformatics.
Who would you put your money on? A gifted high school student, armed only with his passion for pursuing knowledge and advancing science? Or the government bureaucracy he was willing to take on all by himself? Meet Alexander Dimitrakakis — the first winner from Greece of the Next Generation Initiative’s Archimedes Award, who will be taking a four-year scholarship with him to MIT in September, where he will be majoring in in Biomedical Engineering.
One of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Eleni Antoniadou is chasing one of the holy grails of biotechnology: creating organs in the lab for use as life-saving transplants. First, though, the 28-year-old start-up co-founder is focused on finishing her PhD — and helping NASA prepare for a mission to Mars. “A few years ago, when I first talked about creating artificial tissue and neurons, people were shocked at the suggestion, believing it to be the stuff of science fiction,” says Antoniadou. But that hasn’t deterred her. “If you don’t chase your dreams, you will never get a hold of them.”
Scientist Yannis Pitsiladis is on a high-energy one-man quest to redefine the limits of human endurance, by training a man to run a marathon in less than two hours, without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. His frenetic quest to extend the limits of human possibility, and his provocative ideas for how to get there, are raising eyebrows — but they could lead to unprecedented breakthroughs that go way beyond sports.