January 26, 2012 - How many teenagers can say they've been awarded a provisional patent for an invention, met a crown prince of Arabia, and given a speech in front of thousands of people?
Aidan Dwyer can.
The Northport Middle School student, who has been awarded a provisional patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his innovations involving solar panel arrays, was invited to speak at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi earlier in January. He was in good company. Other speakers included Wen Jiabao, Premier of China, Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sir Robert Swan, the first person ever to have walked to the North and South Poles.
Dwyer delivered opening remarks at the four-day conference, which included an exhibition hall and various discussions involving innovation and growth in the renewable energy sector. He also gave a presentation about his project before other young innovators and received a Young Future Energy Leader Award. "It was cool hearing their stories and learning about what they do," Dwyer said of the other attendees, many of whom were graduate and undergraduate students. read more>>>