PISCATAWAY, NJ – Six dozen elite students from high schools throughout New Jersey, including two from Hillsborough High School, put their intellectual skills to the test Friday at the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology.

The research symposium was held at various locations on the Rutgers University Busch campus.

The New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering& Technology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is an intensive residential summer program that brings together some of New Jersey's most talented and motivated high school students.

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Groups of students made 20-minute presentations on topics including wind turbine modification for maximum power output; bipedal walking robotics; synthetic skin-like sensing in wearable garments and solving a humanitarian crisis with drones. 

Karan Mahesh, a student Hillsborough High School was part of a team that made its presentation on Solving Mazes with Robotics. Other team members included Ishan Aryar, Fiona Gillespie, Sohum Kapoor and Daniella Ruzinov. The group made its presentation in the CAIT Auditorium, Center for Advance Infrastructure and Transportation Building, 100 Brett Road.

Diana Voronin, a student at Hillsborough High School, was part of a team that made its presentation on Bipedal Walking Robotics in the Biomedical Engineering Auditorium, Room 102, 599 Taylor Road. Other team members included Sandeep Alankar, Jerry Chen, Theofil Kadela and Elizabeth Petrov.

Free of grades and offical credit, students spend part of the summer between their following their junior and senior year studying on Rutgers campus at no cost to their families. Students participate in a variety of life-skills workshops, attend site visits to local corporations, and engage in activities that will help them connect with professors, professionals, and peers from throughout the state.

All applicants must be nominated by their high schools; high schools can nominate one applicant for every 325 members of their junior class.