RPI student receives award
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TROY, N.Y. -- An RPI student has received one of the school's most prestigious awards.
The $30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize was given to Ming Ma, who is hoping to make the world a little brighter.
Ma developed a new patent-pending method to manufacture LEDs that are brighter, more energy efficient and have superior technical properties than those on the market today. He says it feels great to have an impact on people's everyday life and the world we live in.
Ma also adds this new method will not only save energy, but money as well.
"The aim of this project is just to make more efficient and better LEDs. Because if you consider the energy consumed every year, this huge number and any improvement in efficiency will result in a significant amount of energy savings, also the financial savings and also environmental impact," Ma said.
The prize is awarded to a senior or graduate student who has created or improved a product or process.
The grant is in its seventh year.