Amber Yang (from left), Ivo Zell and Valerio Pagliarino take the stage on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Zell, of Lorch, Germany, was awarded first place for designing and constructing a remote control prototype of a new “flying wing” aircraft. Yang, of Windermere, Florida, and Pagliarino, of Castelnuovo Calcea, Italy, received Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards. (Credit: Matt H. King)
LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 – Ivo Zell, 18, of Lorch, Germany was awarded first place for designing and constructing a remote control prototype of a new “flying wing” aircraft at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 425 affiliate fairs in 78 countries, regions and territories.
Flying wings are inherently more efficient than traditional aircraft designs, but also less stable in flight because they have little or no fuselage or tail. Zell’s working prototype aircraft addresses this issue, using an unusual bell-shaped lift profile for improved stability and using telemetry to demonstrate its stability. The modified shape of Zell’s aircraft allows it to operate smoothly and safely in challenging flight situations without the need for a complex electronic stabilization system and without significantly sacrificing fuel efficiency. Potential applications range from drone delivery systems to larger aircraft design. Zell received the Gordon E. Moore Award of US$75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.
Amber Yang, 18, of Windermere, Florida received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of US$50,000 for her innovative approach to predicting the locations of clouds of space debris that move in low Earth orbit. An estimated 500,000 space trash objects now pose a potential hazard for spacecraft. Yang adapted an algorithm to train her own artificial neural network to recognize space objects in a specific debris cloud and predict their future locations.
Valerio Pagliarino, 17, of Castelnuovo Calcea, Italy received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of US$50,000 for his prototype of a novel laser-based, wireless, high-speed network. Motivated by the lack of reliable Internet access in his rural locale, Pagliarino designed his new system using off-the-shelf components and then built and tested a small version of the network.
“Intel congratulates this year’s winners. Ivo Zell, Amber Yang, and Valerio Pagliarino and all of the participants inspire us with their talent and passion for changing the world,” said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel vice president of Corporate Affairs and president of the Intel Foundation. “As a diverse and inclusive group developing groundbreaking solutions to global challenges, these young people represent the next generation of innovators. We’re proud to support all of the finalists as they endeavor to improve the world around them.”
In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 22 “Best of Category” winners, who each received a US$5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.
The following lists the 22 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:
|Animal Sciences||Jessica Young||Wellington||Florida|
|Behavioral and Social Sciences||Erin Smith||Lenexa||Kansas|
|Biochemistry||Karina Movsesian||Karlovy Vary||Czech Republic|
|Biomedical and Health Sciences||Daniel Zhang||San Diego||California|
|Biomedical Engineering||Clara Wagner||Saginaw||Michigan|
|Cellular and Molecular Biology||Davey Huang||Honolulu||Hawaii|
|Computational Biology and Bioinformatics||Prathik Naidu||Potomac Falls||Virginia|
|Earth and Environmental Sciences||Adam Nayak||Portland||Oregon|
|Embedded Systems||Valerio Pagliarino||Castelnuovo Calcea||Italy|
|Energy: Chemical||Kendra Zhang||Jericho||New York|
|Energy: Physical||Camille Miles||Niceville||Florida|
|Engineering Mechanics||Ivo Zell||Lorch||Germany|
|Environmental Engineering||Prashaant Ranganathan||Jamshedpur||India|
|Materials Science||Nicky Wojtania||Plano||Texas|
|Microbiology||Rahul Subramaniam||Cos Cob||Connecticut|
|Physics and Astronomy||Amber Yang||Windermere||Florida|
|Plant Sciences||Isabella Bowland||Boulder||Colorado|
|Robotics and Intelligent Machines||Tassilo Schwarz||Seeon||Germany|
|Systems Software||Michael Lee||Manhasset||New York|
|Translational Medical Science||Jeremiah Pate||Oro Valley||Arizona|
“The breakthrough ideas presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair by Ivo Zell, Amber Yang and Valerio Pagliarino truly have the capacity to change our world for the better,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “As our world grows increasingly complex, we need innovative, transformative ideas to identify new solutions to our world’s most intractable challenges. Congratulations to all our finalists as well as our top three winners on their extraordinary research projects.”
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair encourages millions of students to explore their passion for developing innovations that improve the way we work and live. All finalists are selected by an affiliated, local competition and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. At the competition, finalists are judged by hundreds of science, engineering and industry professionals who have a Ph.D. or equivalent (six years of related professional experience) or are senior graduate students with doctoral-level research in one of the 22 scientific disciplines listed above.
A full listing of finalists is available in the event program. The 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional support from dozens of corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors. This year, approximately US$4 million was awarded.
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