Eleven student finalists from the 5 ISEF-affiliated Washington State science & engineering fairs competed at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA on May 13-18, 2012.
Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair Runners-Up and Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Silver Award Winners Caroline Jacquline Shouraboura, 15, and Shanthi Shanmugam, 17, from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, won the Mu Alpha Theta First Place Award, $2000, the Sigma Xi Award, $2500, and the 4th Grand Award in Mathematical Sciences, $500, for their project, Optimal Allocation of Global Constrained Resources Using the Hyperbolic Voronoi Diagram.
Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Gold Award Winner Sathvik Ramanan, 15, from Hanford High School in Richland, won the Air Force Research Lab Award, $3000, and the Office of Naval Research Award, $4000 tuition scholarship and a trip to the London International Youth Forum for his project, Effect of Chemical Induction on the Direct Conversion of Cellulose to Aviation Biofuels by Fungi Gliocladium Species.
South Sound Science & Engineering Fair Third Place winner Sumukh S. Bharadwaj, 16, from Capital High School in Olympia, won the Air Force Research Lab Award, $1500, and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots First Award, $1000 for his project, The Revolution of Supersonic Technology: Implementing Dihedral Winglets for Performance Optimization in Supersonic Flow.
Mid Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair Second Place Winner Kira Elizabeth Powell, 17, from Odessa High School, won the 4th Grand Award in Plant Sciences, $500, for her project, The Development of a Novel Sodium Polyacrylate Seed Treatment.
Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Bronze Award Winner Sampath Sai Duddu, 15, from Capital High School in Olympia, won the Air Force Research Lab Award, $1500, for his project, Can You Hear Me Now?
Mid Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair First Place Winner Katherine Ann Marsh, 16, from Richland High School, won the American Society for Microbiology Award, $400 for her project The Antimicrobial Effectiveness of Silane Based Nanoparticles on Treated Surfaces.
This year, more than 1,500 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from 446 affiliate fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. More than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. The fair includes some of the most promising rising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of 6 years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations.