Warren County Technical School students Abby Heim and Nick Hufford recently attended a talk given by Dr. Robert Wilson at the AT&T’s Research and Development Labs in Middletown. Heim, a freshman and Hufford, a sophomore, were able to meet Dr. Wilson who won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978. The presentation was titled “Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and Its Role in Cosmology.”
Dr. Wilson, along with Dr. Arno Penzias, won the Nobel Prize for their 1964 discovery of “Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.” The two made the discovery while working at Bell Labs. Cosmic microwave background (CMB) is described as the thermal radiation that is left over from the “Big Bang.”
Dr. Wilson’s presentation involved the history of Radio Astronomy, how he and Dr. Penzias discovered CMB, and more recent advances in the area of cosmology.
“It was a lot of fun and I feel privileged to have experienced it,” said Heim a freshman in Warren Tech’s Electronics Program. “It was a great experience.”
Heim and Hufford, an engineering student, were the only two selected to represent Warren Tech at the presentation.
“This was indeed a rare opportunity for our students,” said Warren Tech Principal Geta Vogel. “I express my gratitude to Mr. Rob Roschewsk, our Board President, for facilitating this learning experience. It’s something the students will remember and appreciate long after they graduate from Warren Tech.”