July 20, 2012
-- Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) alumnus Brian Weden (class of 2008) earned first place in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition in London, England, on July 5, 2012. He is the first undergraduate to win the award.
Competing against nine finalists from around the world, Weden earned top honors from the competition sponsor, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, for his talk, “High Performance Impact-Tolerant and Abrasion-Resistant Materials: Lessons from Nature.” In it, he discussed his research on a damage-tolerant composite that is one of the hardest biominerals in nature, found in the tiny teeth of marine mollusks called chitons.
After graduating from Bosco Tech, Weden went on to the University of California at Riverside where he is completing his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science; he plans to pursue a doctorate in the field. He currently is an undergraduate researcher in the university’s Biomimetics and Nanomaterials Fabrication lab, run by the esteemed Dr. David Kisailus. Weden recently co-authored a paper on biomineralization that will be published later this year.
“Brian exemplifies our dedicated Materials Science graduates,” said Jim Curiel, chairman of Bosco Tech’s Materials Science, Engineering and Technology program. “He attributes his interest and early success to the education he received during his time at Bosco Tech. We are proud that he was able to share his knowledge on an international level.”
The annual lecture competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject.
Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catholic high school in the state that uniquely integrates college-preparatory and technology education. The academic curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of five technology and engineering-
related fields: Architecture and Construction Engineering;
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering;
Integrated Design, Engineering and Art; Materials Science, Engineering and Technology; and Media Arts and Technology.
For further information about Bosco Tech, please call (626) 940-2000 or visit www.boscotech.edu.