Janesville International Education Program wins annual competition; SHINE CEO honors Daniel Arizaga with prestigious ‘Illuminator Award’

In February, we brought our third annual SHINE Illuminator Award Student 3D Design Competition to a close, selecting the Janesville International Education Program team as the winner. This competition, which began last fall, asked middle and high school students throughout Janesville to design and create a 3D-printed object to be used by SHINE as an employee award of excellence, dubbed the Illuminator Award.

Team Two presenting the concept for their 3D award design

The Janesville International Education Program team presenting the concept for their award-winning 3D award design

SHINE began the Illuminator Award 3D Design Competition in 2018 to both reward exemplary performance from our employees and involve local students in STEM.

“Inherent to our mission are our commitments both to our core values – SHINE Together, Empowered Accountability, Grit, Responsibility, and Pioneering Spirit – and to enriching and giving back to our communities,” says SHINE Founder and CEO Greg Piefer. “The SHINE Illuminator Award Student Competition demonstrates both commitments, giving local students opportunities to gain experience in STEM and rewarding the dedication of our employees to carrying out SHINE’s mission to better our world.”

The 2021 Illuminator Award Design Competition

This year, four high school teams from Craig High School, Rock University High School, and the Janesville International Education Program submitted designs for the Illuminator Award. The winning design was judged by a panel of SHINE employees on the following criteria: innovation and creativity; presentation; usefulness in an office environment; and of course, SHINE-iness.

From left to right: Award designs from Team Two (Janesville International Education Program), Team One (Craig High School), Team Three and Team Four (Rock University High School)

Award designs from Janesville International Education Program (winner),Craig High School, and two entries from Rock University High School.

The winner of 2021’s design contest was a team of three students from the Janesville International Education Program: Frank Li, Peter Wang, Tobias Hinrichs and their instructor, Jeff Leider. Their Iron Man-inspired design named ‘Holder,’ incorporates a light-up SHINE logo as a flashlight. Other features include a clever mobile phone stand; a tape cutter; business card holder; lamp; and computer mouse cord holder. The contraption’s base, with a design inspired by SHINE’s neutron generator technology, features a drawer capable of holding small office supplies.

Team Two and the winning Illuminator Award design with founder and CEO Greg Piefer

Janesville International Education Program wins SHINE Illuminator Award and a $500 prize presented by SHINE Founder and CEO, Greg Piefer

First Place

Janesville International Education Program

Instructor: Jeff Leider

Students: Frank Li, Peter Wang, Tobias Hinrichs

Second Place

Rock University High School

Instructor: Stephanie Villarello

Students: Jaxon Matthess, Adam Nesheim, James Raychel

Third Place

Craig High School

Instructor: Jeff Leider

Students: Nick Attoe, Katarina Dries, Aurora Carlson, Anastasia Schaaf

Honorable Mention

Rock University High School

Instructor: Shane Lilly

Student: Nathan Lounsbury

The winning team received a $500 donation to their school for 3D printing supplies, along with a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of our molybdenum-99 production facility with SHINE founder, Greg Piefer.

The 2021 Illuminator Award 3D Design Competition winning design

Illuminator Award Honored to Daniel Arizaga

SHINE employees nominated dozens of peers for the company’s annual “Illuminator Award,” highlighting a prestigious honor to an employee who exemplifies the company’s core values — SHINE Together, Empowered Accountability, Grit, Responsibility, and Pioneering Spirit. Founder and CEO Greg Piefer bestowed the Illuminator Award to Daniel Arizaga, for his relentless pursuit of learning, growing, and pushing himself and SHINE to advance fusion technology.
This year’s Honorable Mention was Jeff Bartelme who is a part of our Regulatory & Licensing team. Both will receive a cash stipend for their superior performance.

Daniel Arizaga
2021 Award Winner

Jeff Bartelme
Honorable Mention