SPH’s Youngest Participant Awarded at the ISMOA, an International Science Symposium

Jason Ken Adhinarta, a Grade 11 student from SPH Lippo Village Applied Science Academy program, presented his science poster at the 12th International Symposium on Modern Optics and Its Applications (ISMOA) and won the Best Poster Presentation Award. Congratulations to Jason!

ISMOA is an annual international conference for experts and researchers in the field of modern optics, hosted by the Indonesian Optical Society (InOS). ISMOA is organized in collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science, Krida Wacana Christian University (UKRIDA) located in the West of Jakarta. It serves as a platform for the international community of distinguished Professors, lecturers, Ph.D. students, and university students to discuss and network through their presentations of their most recent work. This year’s conference was held on July 1-4, 2019.

Jason, the only high school student (Gr. 10 at the time) presented his research in developing energy storage material. His research focused on light energy, based on Strontium Aluminate crystals. He discovered that by exposing the crystal to cold or warm, he could control the charging of the crystal and the storing of light within the crystal, just like a battery storing electrical charges. He hopes his discovery can help in the development of compact and rechargeable lighting devices. He envisions such devices helping provide light to remote areas without access to electricity. In his quest to understand the advanced physics behind this discovery, Jason also demonstrated elaborate optical testing chamber he built himself involving microcontrollers, sensors, a virtual control panel, and a custom-data analysis program that allowed him to collect and analyze hundreds of hours of data. All this was accomplished while maintaining his other demanding school duties.

His mentor, Dr. Eden Steven, explains that such advance physics investigation is incredibly difficult and can easily fit as a topic for thesis in a university setting. Besides the theoretical understanding, the kinds of instrumentation accuracy and repeatability are very important yet difficult to achieve. Jason has managed to achieve all these very well. He also explains that Jason’s accomplishment, winner of the Best Scientific Poster Award at such a high-level conference is very special and few accomplish this in their university and post-graduate academic career. Many senior scientists are intrigued by Jason’s work and he received great support from the community. Dr. Eden said in his testimony:

“I am incredibly blessed to experience the poster presentation by our SPH Applied Science Academy student, Jason Ken Adhinarta who received great support and positive encouragement from the community of Modern Optics experts at the 12th International Symposium on Modern Optics and its Application 2019! It is also very refreshing to see how the experts in the field care about the next young generations of scientists.”

Jason, being the youngest participant, also shares his once in a lifetime experience at this international conference:

“I was confident in my scientific thinking and understanding, especially with my Applied Science Academy project being a success. Well, that was before I participated in ISMOA. In this symposium, I listen to lectures back-to-back, being exposed to mathematical equations explaining optical phenomena which I won’t comprehend any time soon, and I feel that I have much more to learn. This valuable experience amplifies the long path ahead for me as a life-long learner.”

It is remarkable and inspiring to see the hunger for science by our next generation of scientists. It is our privilege as educators to provide the space, opportunities, guidance, and support system to let our students develop their talent and pursue their passions.

We are excited to see how our Applied Science Academy is producing many young scientists working on redemptive restoration for the future.

Jason explaining his research and process


Jason was awarded the Best Poster Speaker

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