Critical Systems, Inc. (CSI) is committed to supporting the breakthrough technologies that are being developed in Semiconductor and related industries*. These innovations ultimately benefit all of us – in medicine, energy, communications, and in many other areas. We believe that these advanced technologies will become even more important in the future. As world population and demand for goods and services increase, the next generation will need to further embrace these technologies in order to effectively manage natural resources and address environmental challenges.
Many of our customers are universities and research organizations where these technologies are first cultivated. That is why Critical Systems is now offering the Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship.
First of all, Critical Systems, Inc. would like to thank all applicants for their scholarship applications. As we reviewed all of the submissions, the Selection Committee has truly been inspired by your academic achievements and future aspirations. You are the kind of people who will change the world for the better as you continue to bring your gifts and talents to bear.
The winner of the Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship, Fall Award is …. RYAN SWOBODA!
Ryan is a Senior at Stanford University, and is pursuing both his BS and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering. To date, he has taken both lab and lecture-based courses on bionanotechnology, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials.
This past summer, Ryan participated in the Materials Science Reseach Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Stanford. “My work involved components for both synthesis and characterization of novel nanomaterials”, said Ryan. “Specifically, through harnessing the steric power of recently discovered Diamondoids, i.e, molecular building blocks of the Diamond lattice, my experiments directed the self-assembly of novel chalcogenide materials (sulfur-metal inorganic materials). These materials have application in quantum computing, biolabelling, and potentially hydrogen storage”. He plans to continue with this, or similar research involving synthesizing complex materials, for the next couple of years.
In addition to his scientific endeavors, Ryan also embraces the pragmatic side of his field. “Materials science sits at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology and technology. It is a construct of multiple fields and collaboration is critical for solving the numerous problems presented in the aforementioned fields. My coursework and research challenges me to see things from different perspectives, and to communicate more clearly with a variety of people having differing views.”
Ryan’s career aspirations include a mix of both industry and advanced studies, with an eye towards fuel cell technology advancements or environmental sustainability efforts. “I aim to work in industry for a few years before deciding whether or not to pursue a PhD. I haven’t looked in detail at industry positions, but from speaking with colleagues and professors, it seems that an industry atmosphere of some sort will help me to formulate a long term career path.”
Our best wishes for meaningful work and success go out to Ryan!
NOTE: The Period II Award (Scholarship II) is being restructured, and those changes will be announced in the coming weeks. There will not be a submission period and award given in November as previously stated. The timeline and details for Scholarship II will be announced on this page as soon as possible. The structure and requirements for the next Period I scholarship (Scholarship I – 2014 Fall Award) will be consistent with the information stated below.
Phase I Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship, students must meet and/or demonstrate the following:
How to Apply:
Successful applicants will fully complete the Scholarship Application. A ‘live’ version of the application form will be made available ONLY during the submission periods listed below. During those periods, the form will provide more detailed instructions.
Note: An official transcript will need to be mailed as part of your application, and must be received by the end of the application submission period. The application form will provide a physical address where transcripts are to be sent.
Application Submission Periods: Open periods to submit an application will be as follows:
Scholarship Award Winner Announcements: Winners will be announced on this web page on the following dates:
Since 2000, Critical Systems, Inc. (CSI) has been providing both large and small organizations with products and services that ‘surround the process tool’. From orbital welding to complex gas delivery and abatement systems, CSI supports the breakthrough technologies of our customers every day with practical, cost effective solutions.