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Dubbo College dux gains entry to world-class US science and engineering institute

Elijah Stanger-Jones. Photo: Supplied Elijah Stanger-Jones. Photo: Supplied

Enrolling at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an opportunity most budding engineers and scientists would relish, and that is now a reality for Dubbo College 2015 dux, Elijah Stanger-Jones.

Elijah received word of his acceptance to the prestigious American institute this week, and is thrilled with his success.

The 18-year-old took part in an elite six-week research program at MIT during his final year at school, working on an engineering problem associated with the robotic arm of the space shuttle.

As one of 80 students from throughout the world involved in the intensive program, Elijah studied scientific theory combined with science and technology research.

He said his US experience had resulted in a recommendation from the program, which helped with his application for full-time study.

“I feel very privileged to have been accepted to MIT because it really is the best in the world in terms of engineering,” Elijah said.

“If I accept the offer, I will begin studying a four-year degree in mechanical engineering and computer science in August.

“It’s pretty scary because it will be the biggest educational test I will have faced in my life.

“MIT is well-known for its highly intensive programs and it will undoubtedly be challenging.

“But MIT has also been the starting point for some of my role models – in particular, Cynthia Breazeal, one of the leading entrepreneurs in personal robotics.

“So it presents a really amazing opportunity for me.”

Elijah said he was extremely grateful to Dubbo College careers teacher Fleur Mara and science head teacher James Eddy for their work in helping with the MIT application.

“They both put in a lot of hours and I am indebted to them,” Elijah said.

“I’ve also received a lot of support from my other College teachers, in particular maths teacher Peter Tarlinton and chemistry teacher Hemlata Keshwan, as well as my teachers from Dubbo School of Distance Education - Dave Brazel, Sue Sheridan and Robert Quinan.

“And of course I am very grateful for the support and motivation provided by my parents.”

Elijah has two other applications to US universities pending, but needs to respond to the MIT offer by May 1.

- Contributed by Dubbo College