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PLTW Students Learn from Acclaimed LASIK Innovator

Dr. James Wynne, IBM researcher and pioneer in the use of excimer lasers in LASIK eye surgery, visited the high school on November 30 to present his award-winning discovery to an enthusiastic audience of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science and Engineering students.

Dr. Wynne is an inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama. He shared with the PLTW students how failure played a large role in his research at IBM, but also how success finally came when he aimed a laser at some leftover Thanksgiving turkey, with surprising results.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Dr. Wynne took questions from students and teachers and even spent one-on-one time with those who had follow-up questions.

Click here to read two PLTW students’ impressions of Dr. Wynne’s presentation:

Dr. Wynne article by Paul Williams

Dr. Wynne article by Callie Pidoriano


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