The Honorable Cardinal Warde, Ph.D is a light of opportunity for the entire Caribbean. As interim director of the Caribbean Science Foundation, the MIT professor of opto-electronics, is focused on creating the next generation of scientists.
SPISE (Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering) is
offered for 4 weeks each summer by the Caribbean Science Foundation to
the brightest 16-18 year old students interested in pursuing careers in
science and engineering. This year, 18 students from Antigua and
Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and
Tobago were selected from 66 applicants. The program was conducted using
the facilities of the UWI, Barbados, and the students were challenged
with classes that included university-level calculus, physics,
biochemistry, entrepreneurship and Mandarin, and hands-on projects in
under-water robotics and renewable energy/electronics.
SPISE is intended to nurture and groom the next generation of
technology entrepreneurs in the Caribbean, in an effort to assist with
the economic developmental issues facing the region. SPISE not only
achieves this through the subjects offered, but also through career
seminars which give the students more awareness of the tremendous
diversity of science-related jobs and careers. In addition, SPISE
offers workshops which coach the students on how to optimize their
chances of admission with financial aid to the world's top universities.
As a consequence, students from previous SPISE classes are now studying
at top universities, including Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Columbia,
University College London, the University of North Carolina, Florida
Institute of Technology, Trent University and UWI.
Warde's technical prowess is found in practically every business and home. Like Robert Lawrence Thornton, the late PARC, a Xerox company researcher, Warde has laid the foundation for channelling light in products as diverse as big screens and medical imagers. However, he is never far from his teen years when he built a rocket to launch from the beach in his native Barbados.
We recognize him as a Roy Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award winner and one of the 16th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.