Intel ISEF top winners announced

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Congratulations to the Intel ISEF 2015 Winners

Intel-ISEF-WinnersKaran Jerath, 18, of Friendswood, Texas received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of US$50,000 for refining and testing a novel device that should allow an undersea oil well to rapidly and safely recover following a blowout.

Nicole Ticea, 16, of Canada received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for developing an inexpensive, easy-to-use testing device to combat the high rate of undiagnosed HIV infection in low-income communities.

Raymond Wang, 17, of Canada was awarded first place (the Gordon E. Moore award of $75,000) for engineering a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Here is a link to the INTEL ISEF website with more details: https://www.societyforscience.org/content/press-room/teen-engineer-invents-system-improve-air-quality-airplanes

Link to a video from Intel ISEF and Karan’s winning moment.


Karan Jerath  and Aditya Mohile, both seniors at Friendswood High School, competed at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pittsburgh, PA from May 10-15.  As the world’s largest international pre-college science fair, over 1700 high school students from 78 countries presented their research projects to hundreds of judges from across the globe.

Karan’s research project was titled, “International Oil Spill Remediation: The Numerical Simulation of an in-situ Subsea Separator, Part II.  Aditya’s research project was titled, “Computer-Aided Oral Cancer Diagnosis”.  Karan and Aditya qualified to attend the Intel ISEF competition after being selected at the Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMTSEF) held in San Antonio in March.  Special thanks to EMTSEF for sponsoring the student’s trips to Intel ISEF.

Special Awards were presented to both young men during the event.  Karan was honored by the Organization of American States and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership while Aditya was honored by the American Dental Association Foundation and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

During the concluding Grand Award Ceremony Karan Jerath was awarded $3000 and 1st Place in Environmental Engineering and then received $5000 for Best in Category in Environmental Engineering.  Karan was also selected as the Grand Award winner for Physical Sciences which earned him the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 scholarship.

Friendswood High school teachers and mentors, Dawne Welch and Theresa Lawrence, were on hand to celebrate and share in this very special experience.

Karan has also been invited to travel to India later this year as part of the Intel and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and will be participating in India’s international science fair.  This week-long, all-expense paid trip also includes opportunities for him to meet with top scientists.

From Rebecca Clark – FHS Science Fair Coordinator