Mason Professor Helps Ignite Passion for Science and Engineering

Posted: September 3, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Creative Services photo

Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, associate professor of mathematical sciences, was chosen as one of 50 scientists and engineers from around the country to represent Mason as part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which runs from Sunday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 24.

The Nifty Fifty, as they are called, will go into middle and high schools throughout the Washington, D.C., area in October to discuss their work and re-invigorate the interest of the nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Nifty Fifty includes individuals who have made a major impact in the STEM fields either through research or contributions to other fields such as law, business, government and public service.

Chosen from hundreds of applicants, Seshaiyer will join other Nifty Fifty speakers with backgrounds in chemistry, biotechnology, engineering, math, computer science, medicine, green technology, nanotechnology, business, physics, astronomy and energy.

On Oct. 19, Seshaiyer will visit Patterson Mill Middle/High School in Bel Air, Md., and Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., to talk to students about applying problem-solving techniques and mathematics to real-world problems.

“I am honored to be included in the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty program and to be among some of the top experts in the country,” says Seshaiyer. “This presents a great opportunity to educate and get young people excited about how stimulating and rewarding the STEM fields can be.”

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