Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

 David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, May 13-18, 2018

 

PITTSBURGH   Washington State has best year ever at Intel ISEF.  With twenty two students competing, Dhruvik Parikh of Henry Jackson High School, Mill Creek, broke into the top three with the Young Scientist Award of $50,000. The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition.  This year, over 1,900 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected from 435 affiliate science fairs in 50 states and 81 countries, regions and territories.  About 1000 judges from academia and industry made the final selections.

 

 

Dhruvik Parikh (right), 18, Henry Jackson High School, Mill Creek, won a first place Grand award of $3000, Best of Category Award, $5000, and received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for his development of less expensive yet more robust ion exchange membranes for use in large industrial-scale batteries for storing solar or wind-generated electricity for later distribution. His composite membrane has 10 times the proton conductivity of the industry’s standard membrane, while reducing production costs by about 30 percent.  His project was "A Novel Sol-Gel Derived SPEEK/Silicon Dioxide Composite Membrane for the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery".

Veenadhari Kollipara, Interlake High School, Bellevue won a first Grand Award of $3000 for her project, "Transforming Agriculture to Feed the World Sustainably: A State-of-the-Art, Drone-Enabled Precision Agriculture End-to-End Solution"  She also won the Ricoh sustainable development award of $10,000.

Ronit Jain, Interlake High School, Bellevue, won a second award of $1500 for "Next Generation Morphological and Molecular Analysis of the Toxicity of Pharmaceutical-Derived Aquatic Contaminants (PPCPs)"

Savitha Srinivasan, Interlake High School, Bellevue won a second Grand Award of $1500 for her project, “Development of Semi-Supervised Machine Learning Models to Predict Enhancer Regions in Polygenic Developmental Diseases”.

Terrance Li, Newport Senior High School, Bellevue, won a third Grand Award,$1000 for his project, “Novel Fabrication of Organic Multifunctional Materials via Magnetic Alignment”. He also won the Air Force Research lab first award of $750.

Nikhil Devanathan, Kennewick High School, Kennewick, won a third Grand Award of $1000  for his project "Aware of Air: Measuring Local Air Quality Using Portable Arduino-based Sensors" He also won a second special award $1000, from the American Meteorological Society.

William Wang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, won a third grand award of $1000 for his project, “Implementation of Gyroscopically Leveled Spherical Drones Optimized Through Neuro-Evolution of Augmented Topologies for Reconnaissance and Imaging of Martian Environments.”

Abhinav Gundrala, Olympia High School, Olympia, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for his project “Smart Heart: A Portable Early Diagnostics System for Myocardial Infarction Events Utilizing Generative Machine Learning Algorithms.”

Sriharshita Musunuri, Henry M. Jackson High School, Mill Creek, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for her project “A Novel Point-of-Care Theranostic for Gram-Negative Sepsis: Synthesis and Application of Polymer Nanoparticles for Rapid Endotoxin Capture.”

Ashlynn Gallagher, W.F. West High School, Chehalis, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for her project, "A Novel Approach to Diagnosing Zika: The Use of Silk Fibroin and 2D Paper Networks to Create a Temperature-Independent, Affordable Paper Test Strip". She also won a special award from the Bruno Kessler Foundation to participate in a summer school "Web Valley" in Trento, Italy.

Sathvik Nallamalli, Olympia High School, Olympia, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for his project, "A Portable Android Based Detection System of Prevalent Chronic Respiratory Illnesses"

Daniel Christensen and Michaela Fennell of the Northwest Nuclear Labs, Federal Way, won a first special award of $2500 from the Coalition for Plasma Science for their project, “Langmuir Plasma Research”.

Team Washington Intel ISEF 2018, Pittsburgh PA, May 13-18

 
Opening entertainment: DJ Ravidrums Keynote: Dr. Genevieve Bell, ISEF shout-out:  81 countries with posters

Students find their names inscribed on the Finalist Wall

ISEF Exhibition hall, 1800 projects 

 

Intel ISEF Team Washington 2018

A Novel Approach to Diagnosing Zika: The Use of Silk Fibroin and 2D Paper Networks to Create a Temperature-Independent, Affordable Paper Test Strip

Ashlynn Gallagher, 18, senior, W.F. West High School, Chehalis,WA

Langmuir Plasma Research

Michaela Fennell, 17, junior, Daniel Christensen, 18, senior, Northwest Nuclear Labs, Federal Way, WA

The Effect of Acid Rain on Wheat Grass

Alicia Johnson, 17, senior, Wilbur-Creston High School, Wilbur, WA

Understanding the Degradation of an Algae-derived Bioplastic and Its Immediate Effects on Aquatic Environments

Bailey Segall, 16, soph,  Odessa Thompson, 16, soph,  Rose Leveen, 15, soph, Camas High School, Camas, WA

Next Generation Morphological and Molecular Analysis of the Toxicity of Pharmaceutical-Derived Aquatic Contaminants (PPCPs)

Ronit Jain, 16, soph, Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA

 

Transforming Agriculture to Feed the World Sustainably: A State-of-the-Art, Drone-Enabled Precision Agriculture End-to-End Solution

Veenadhari Kollipara, 17, senior, Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA

 

Dietary Analysis of Sea Lion Consumption of Salmonid Populations Along the Pacific Northwest Coast Using qPCR and Fluorescent Species Specific Probes

Cydni Marshall, 18, senior, North Central High School, Spokane, WA

A Novel Sol-Gel Derived SPEEK/Silicon Dioxide Composite Membrane for the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Dhruvik Parikh, 18, senior, Henry M. Jackson High School, Bothell, WA

Development of Semi-Supervised Machine Learning Models to Predict Enhancer Regions in Polygenic Developmental Diseases

Savitha Srinivasan, 16, sophomore, Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA

 

Utilizing Machine Learning to Generate Efficient Quantum Algorithms

Christopher Kang, 16, junior, Hanford High School, Richland, WA

Aware of Air: Measuring Local Air Quality Using Portable Arduino-based Sensors

Nikhil Devanathan, 16, soph, Kennewick High School, Kennewick, WA

 

A Portable Android Based Detection System of Prevalent Chronic Respiratory Illnesses

Sathvik Nallamalli, 14, freshman, Olympia High School, Olympia, WA

 

Metal Nitrate Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein for Nano-Technology

Lexie Smith, 18, senior, Joel E. Ferris High School, Spokane, WA

 

The Effect of Green Tea on a Dementia Patient's Cognitive Ability

Aislin Gamon, 17, senior, Mead Senior High School, Spokane, WA

Smart Heart: A Portable Early Diagnostics System for Myocardial Infarction Events Utilizing Generative Machine Learning Algorithms

Abhinav Gundrala, 16, junior, Olympia High School, Olympia, WA

Proteomic Evolution in Hair Cell Regeneration

Rahul Ram, 16, junior, Camas High School, Camas, WA

Thermal Transport Properties of 2-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Heterostructures

Terrance Li, 17, junior, Newport Senior High School, Bellevue, WA

 

Implementation of Gyroscopically Leveled Spherical Drones Optimized Through Neuro-Evolution of Augmented Topologies for Reconnaissance and Imaging of Martian Environments

William Wang, 16, junior, Nikola Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA

A Novel Point-of-Care Theranostic for Gram-Negative Sepsis: Synthesis and Application of Polymer Nanoparticles for Rapid Endotoxin Capture

 Sriharshita Musunuri, 18, senior, Henry M. Jackson High School, Bothell, WA

 

Special guest: Former US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell interviews Washington students at Intel ISEF

 

To get to ISEF, Team Washington finalists won top awards at these science & engineering fairs.  In addition to the student finalists, there were also three  student observers, Odessa Thompson and Bailey Segall from Mid Columbia, and Pranav Gundrala from South Sound.

 

  Washington State Science & Engineering Fair

    South Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Mid Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Southwest Washington  Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair

 

Special Awards Ceremony

Grand Award Ceremony

ISEF Party for students underneath Heintz Field


Line dancing:  Cotton Eyed Joe

Food and fun in Steelers Football Museum

Entire Washington fair party: students, adults

Waiting for opening ceremony to begin

Links:

2018 Intel ISEF highlights

What is Intel ISEF?

 

For more information, contact Gary Foss, garyfoss3@comcast.net