College students recognized for STEM inventions

Posted at: 06/20/2014 5:37 PM
Updated at: 06/20/2014 6:24 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

The CEO of a local company has accomplished his goal.

He set out to keep some local, promising college students with strong skills in math, science and technology in the Capital Region, by encouraging them to apply for a scholarship.

Now, we find out how those students won.

Devin Breen and Ashley Johnston are two very different people. 

One of the only things they have in common - a giant check worth $5,000.

They both applied for a scholarship through commerce-hub, an Albany based merchandise company that completes your online orders to some big retailers.

About 100 local college students applied. They made a video selling their entrepreneurial spirit.

Breen showcased more of his personality, while highlighting what he has accomplished while being a student at the college of nanoscale science and engineering.

Johnston's video started with one simple phrase:  i want to change the world.

She highlighted her work on an adjustable prosthetic for children - it was a senior project for her mechanical engineering degree.

Winnning this scholarship - along with a internship at commerce-hub that comes along with it - means these students have even more of a reason to stay in the capital region.

“I'm sure I'll probably be staying in the area,” said Johnston.

“I can tell you I was in California last week and if I didn't have this opportunity I might be out there,” said Breen.

If Ashley Johnston looks familiar that's because we also featured her in a STEM report last week for her work on the adjustable prosthetic - and how a new 3D printer at Union College helped.

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