Last week the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair took place in Pittsburgh. They show-cased the projects of the teen contestants from all over the world and had to decide on winners, who would receive prizes from the Intel Foundation.
Raymond Wang, 17 year old teen engineer from Canada, was awarded with the Gordon E. Moore Award, winning 75,000 USD for his project of a new air inlet system for airplane cabins. This new design has the potential to improve the overall availability of fresh air in the plane cabin by more than 190% and reducing the pathogen inhalation concentration by up to 55 times compared to systems that are currently in use. Wang’s system can also be easily and economically integrated into existing airplanes – making it very interesting for airlines to upgrade their fleet with.
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The other two finalists of the event were Nicole Ticea, 16 and from Canada and Karan Jerath, 18 and comes from Friendswood in Texas. Ticea developed an inexpensive, easy-to-use testing device to diagnose HIV infections in low-income communities. Jerath worked on a device that should allow for a better containment enclosure that separates natural gas, oil and ocean water to rapidly and safely recover from an underwater blowout.
“Intel believes young people are key to future innovation and that in order to confront the global challenges of tomorrow, we need students from all backgrounds to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math. We hope these winners will inspire other young people to pursue their interest in these fields and apply their curiosity, creativity and ingenuity to the common good.”
– Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director of the Intel Foundation
Just recently we got word that Nicole Ticea has founded her own company, which has received a 100,000 USD grant to continue developing her technology. The product is planned to be disposable, electricity-free, provides results in less than an hour and it should cost less than 5 USD to produce one unit.
“Congratulations to Raymond, Nicole and Karan! Their selection as top winners really demonstrates the extraordinary work they have been able to accomplish at a young age in diverse topics. We look forward to watching not only them, but the rest of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists as they progress further and pursue their interests in STEM. These talented young students are the problem solvers and innovators of their generation.”
– Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public
Also congratulations from the TechAcute.com team and myself to Raymond, Nicole, Karan and all the great minds who contributed to this event. Keep learning, keep thinking, keep building and never give up.
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