An Interesting Piece of History!
Spellman High Voltage Electronics and the Center for Science Teaching & Learning were proud to present the 2019 annual Clean Tech Competition to students and educators around the globe. The 2019 topic, “Toward A Greener Tomorrow,” highlighted the idea that while we may hear more negative stories than we would like, the future is always bright as long as we keep trying.
Our Partner and President of the New York City office, Nick Kumbatovic, PE, LEED AP, was given the special opportunity to speak at the Clean Tech Competition. He elaborated on some key elements in choosing engineering as a profession, encouraging the young audience and speaking on the experience and pride in making a difference in your communities’ infrastructure.
The Competition was held at The Cooper Union in the Great Hall, where countless historical meetings and speeches have taken place over the past century. Since its establishment in 1859, The Cooper Union is recognized as the nation’s oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher education. It made history when Abraham Lincoln, an unannounced candidate for president of the United States, and a virtual unknown in New York, was invited to speak there by the Young Men’s Republican Union. Our Nick Kumbatovic was honored to stand at the exact podium where Abraham Lincoln spoke! That’s an awesome piece of history!
The Great Hall has continued to be one of the most important venues in America. Public intellectuals, from Henry James and Mark Twain to William Styron and Salman Rushdie have spoken there, along with seven serving or future US Presidents, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama.
To check out more about the Great Hall, click on the link below.