IEEE Computer Society Intel Science Fair Winners Announced

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 17 May 2013 – IEEE Computer Society honored seven high school students from the US, Canada, and Taiwan, with awards for their entries in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Apurv Hirsh Shekhar, 16, of The Blake School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, won the top award of $1,000 for the entry, for “A Topographic Pressure Equalization Approach to Facility Assignment with Capacity Constraints for Disaster and Emergency Response.”

Brittany Michelle Wenger, 18, of The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida, won the second-place award of $500 for her entry, “Cloud4Cancer Tackles Genetic Expression Profiles to Diagnose Leukemia.” Wenger was also a Grand Award winner.

And Fan Zhang, 18, of Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Canada, won the third-place award of $350 for the entry “Mobile Vision: An Efficient Algorithm and Its Applications.”

A first-place team award of $500 each was given to Kevin Li Huang, 16, of Jericho High School in Jericho, New York, and Mustafa Abid Ansari, 16, of Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York, for their entry, “A Heuristic Method for Determining Distance-Optimal Supercomputer Interconnection Networks.”

The second-place team award of $400 each was awarded to 18-year-olds Szu Jung Wu and Wen Huang, both of National Hsinchu Girls’ Senior High School in Hsinchu City, Chinese Taipei Shiang for their entry, “Fish-eye Like Spot Magnifier with Low Cognitive Load for Image Browsing.”

Winners will receive a framed certificate, and a one-year free subscription to the IEEE Computer Society magazine of their choice. A winners group photo will also be published in an upcoming issue of Computer magazine.

The awards were judged by Chief Judge Lowell Johnson, a former IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors member and Vice President; Yinong Chen, Arizona State University;  Bill Chown, BBM Group LLC;  Keith Vanderveen, Sandia National Labs; Deanne Philps; and Jeff Demain, Intel photonics development manager.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.