APEC ASPIRE Crystal Energy Award Winner Announced

The U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu announced the winner of the annual APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) on September 13. He presented the award in front of the APEC Transportation and Energy Ministerial Conference in San Francisco. APEC grants the ASPIRE award to a young scientist who shows a commitment to flawless research and the ability to work with others in their industry to reinforce their innovative ideas. FineAwards.com was honored to help create this crystal energy award.

Chu honored Dr. Ali Javey, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkley and co-director of the Berkley Sensor and Actuator Center because of his work with solar energy. Dr. Javey is working on a new generation of solar energy technology.

“Dr. Javey’s research and the research of his fellow ASPIRE nominees have the power to unlock science in ways that will propel our economies,” Chu said during his presentation. “This is science that can and will help to solve our shared challenges.”

APEC chose Dr. Javey out of 11 total nominees, all of whom were doing work for environmental health or protection. APEC chose to recognize environmental improvements as a part of their push for sustainable economic growth.

Javey also received a $25,000 monetary prize on top of his custom crystal energy award created by FineAwards.com.

By Tucker Harrington