UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, PhD, center, among the Journal presenters at the 2017 scientific proceeding of Innovation&Equity.


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.