PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (August 21, 2013) -- One lucky high school graduate was given the singular opportunity to have a personal guided tour of Picatinny Arsenal's laboratories, August 20.

Alexander McBride, one of the top three paper presenters at the 2013 Monmouth Junior Science Symposium, was invited to tour the nanotechnology facilities here. His project focused on nanotechnology.

"I've been a judge for two years now for the symposium and I was very impressed with his paper," said Paul Redner, a materials engineer with the Advanced Materials Lab. The lab is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).

McBride spent 18 months working on the paper he presented at the symposium.

"A lot of the background was done in six months," McBride said. His background research focused on solar cells and plasmonics. He spent an additional 12 months of the project on experimentation at Drexel University.

McBride will be entering Drexel University this fall as a freshman materials engineering major. He also said that he will continue his work on leveraging nanotechnology to engineer much more efficient solar cells.

The Monmouth Junior Science Symposium, sponsored by Monmouth University, promotes research in science, engineering and mathematics at the high school level and offers awards, including scholarships and trips to national and international junior science symposiums, to students who submit research papers and are selected to present them at the symposium.

ARDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.