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UIC Physicist Named White House Champion of Change

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative...” - U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park

Siva Sivananthan at the Sivananthan Laboratories in Bolingbrook.
Siva Sivananthan at the Sivananthan Laboratories in Bolingbrook.

(WASHINGTON DC) - Sivalingam Sivananthan, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named a White House Champion of Change. He was presented with the honor at a ceremony this morning at the White House.

The honor recognizes immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs—”the best and brightest from around the world who are helping create American jobs, grow the economy and make our nation competitive in the world,” the White House said in a press release.

Sivananthan’s work with a semiconductor material, mercury cadmium telluride or MCT, is at the heart of night vision technology and made the raid that took down Osama Bin Laden on a moonless night possible. Developing “technology that protects our protectors” has given him the opportunity to give back to his adopted country, said Sivananthan.

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative, and the Champions we are celebrating today represent very best in leadership, entrepreneurship, and public service,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. “We are proud to recognize these leaders who work every day to grow our economy, advance science and technology, and support their home communities.”

Sivananthan is the founder of the high-tech, Bell-Labs-styled incubator, Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc. in Bolingbrook, Ill. The Laboratories’ focus is on infared technology, radiation detection, materials research and biosensors.

Because, at its most fundamental, MCT technology is about transforming light into electricity, Sivananthan is also leading an effort to develop next-generation solar power. To that end, he helped found InSPIRE (the non-profit Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training), whose mission is training Illinois’s workforce and exciting Illinois undergraduate and high school students to create a renewable energy and solar eco-system in Illinois.

In Sivananthan Laboratories Sivananthan is promoting economic growth by fostering cutting-edge, fundamental research and development that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
Sivananthan credits much of his success to the support he received from UIC from his days as a student to his continuing engagement on the faculty.
“UIC is a community of individuals that has treated me with respect for who I am,” he said.
“I have been blessed with having talented people around me,” said Sivananthan. “I can take credit only for hiring them. Our success has been and always will be a product of  team work.”
Immigrants make America more prosperous and entrepreneurial.  Immigrants are more than twice as likely to start a business in the United States as the native-born, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies – from GE and Ford to Google and Yahoo! – were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants, according to the White House.
The White House ceremony can be viewed at the White House website.



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pinkfloyd June 2, 2013 9:41 pm (Pacific time)

ask yourself something..why are we bringing in people from other countries? Because our own education system is nothing but indoctrination? And why are all the technologies introduced, such as this article, for the military industrial complex, and not for the better of the people? And by the way, 10 more people were shot and killed in Chicago Ill. the no gun state. Nothing said about that tho. Sivananthan is unknowingly being duped to kill off humanity. Immigrants are not hispanic, they are from different countries. And they get major grants and funding with our tax dollars. Why? because even tho they have tech experience, they know nothing of freedom, history and liberty. He doesnt know it, but he is doing nothing more with his tech knowledge than enslaving and killing humanity. Which is the U.N. agenda, and the U.N. controls obama.

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