Axalta Coating Systems Awards Student Winners at State of Mexico’s Science and Engineering Fair
Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, presented the Axalta Special Science Award during the Mexican Fair of Science and Engineering 2015, organized by the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (COMECyT). Berenice Perez and Tupak Hernandez, students from the Technological University of Nezahualcoyotl, received this year’s Axalta award in the field of natural and environmental sciences for their project: Polluted Soils Treatment with Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Biopiles Method.
The fair promotes scientific and technology projects created by middle, high school, and university students in the State of Mexico. Projects submitted for the award were evaluated based on innovation, creativity, social impact, applicability, and teamwork by a group of experts in research, development, human resources, law, corporate affairs and operations. The winners of the Axalta Special Science Award received a 15-day internship at one of Axalta’s research facilities in Mexico during which they will learn about processes involved in the creation of Axalta coatings.
“The ability to develop sustainable and innovative solutions is a key asset for economic growth. We are very proud of our continued collaboration with the government of the State of Mexico, the education system, and COMECyT to improve research in our country,” stated Zerene Kahan, Director of Corporate Affairs for Axalta Latin America.
“We are grateful to Axalta for recognizing our work. It’s very exciting to know that our ideas can be valued by a global company such as Axalta, while they provide us an opportunity to work in one of their facilities. It motivates us to continue to learn and develop a more sustainable future,” added Tupak Hernandez leader of the project.
Dr. Silvia Cristina Manzur Quiroga, General Director of the COMECyT, recognized the support given by Axalta citing the Axalta Special Science Award as a tool to promote science and technology careers among students of the State of Mexico.
“It is very pleasing for us to know that Axalta, which participated with us last year, is keeping its promise to our youth and the technology needs of Mexico. We believe this is a relationship with a lot of potential, since students are the future developers of global technology for tomorrow,” commented Dr. Quiroga.
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