Catherine Kung ’22 Recognized for Artificial Skin Research

Indian Springs senior Catherine Kung ’22 has received multiple awards for her ongoing research on the development of a bio-inspired artificial skin.
Catherine rose among a competitive pool of university students to claim first place for the 2022 SPIE Best Student Paper Award. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The award recognizes research with “a demonstrated connection to smart structures and materials.”
Catherine worked with Indian Springs physics teacher Hazal Mohammed on the paper titled “Development of bio-inspired flexible artificial skin and sensory information processing using a Kohonen artificial network.” As one of six finalists, she traveled to California on March 6-9 to present her research to a panel of esteemed judges. She received a cash prize of $500.

Catherine also won first place in the 2022 Alabama Science Scholar Search. The competition was held during the 99th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Athens State University on March 17-18. She received a $4,000 Gorgas Scholarship.
At the 2022 Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Catherine Kung won first place in senior division engineering for her project, “Recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) trigger words using RF sensors in combination with deep neural networks.” This was a new project separate from her research on artificial skin.
Catherine is one of three Indian Springs students who will compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair this May. She and Mayu Nakano ’23 set an Indian Springs record for advancing to Regeneron for two consecutive years.

Catherine scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and was named a Presidential Scholar Candidate and a National Merit Finalist.
Congratulations to Catherine for her many accomplishments.

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