The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) experienced the authority of Indian origin students at Phoenix, Arizona having more than 30 students from different parts of the world gaining honour with awards while the Indian contingent of eight students could not impress the judges with their innovations.
Young bright brains showcasing fantabulous intellectual power
Akshat Boobna from New Delhi was the lone exception who was honoured the ‘Certificate of Honorable Mention’ for his project on finding best speaker position using new algorithms to determine acoustic properties of a room.
The special awards in different categories were given away in a glittering ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Centre which were sponsored by various institutions, universities and research organizations carrying cash prizes ranging from US $ 300 to 15,000. Nevertheless, the grand prize would be announced on Friday.
The attraction which grabbed the attention by it's brilliance of all eyes was Vinay Iyengar from Portland Oregon who bagged three awards which includes a full scholarship to the Florida Institute of Technology, a fully paid summer internship at the FBK Research Lab in Italy, as well as a US $ 3,000 award from Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. Vinay who is a 11th grade student at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portlan expressed that these awards mean a lot to him which has in fact given immense value to what they are attached with, as well as that his work has been recognised by the best brains in the world.
Vinays project was titled “Efficient Characterstic 3 Galois Field Cryptographic Applictions.” Vinay's father Sridhar Iyengar, Director of a research lab at Intel and his mother Veena Iyengar, an administrative assistant at the Oregon Episcopal School couldn’t remove from observation their happiness at their son’s achievement. In fact, Vinays mother was known to have told The Hindu while participants congratulated her that their son should impressively gain all the limelight now and not they.
Other brainy lots
Another remarkable achievement to mention that Neha Reddy who was born and brought up at Fort Pierce, Florida, 16-year old was left with breathless eagerness in amazement when her name was called for a US $ 60,000 scholarship at the University of Science, Philadelphia. Neha was a personification of confidence as she walked to receive her prize surrounded a thunderous clapping. Neha whose father, an anesthesiologist and her mother, a bio-chemist hail from Hyderabad explained that in her research, she found an environmentally friendly, safe, specific solution to the international as well as expensive problem of citrus greening, which has an impact on numerous countries including India and the USA.
Prithvi Gundlapalli who actually is a Hyderabadi, yet now representing Singapore, won a US $ 4,000 scholarship from American Chemical Society for his work on high performance anodes for Lithium ion batteries using Cobalt compounds obtained by bulk preparation methods. Prithvi added that his ambition is to do research in Particle Physics.
Other Young bright brains
Other Indian origin students who received awards include Niyanthesh A. Reddy from Ocala, Florida; Raghav Tripathi from Portland, Oregon; Eesha Khare from San Jose, California; Shilpa Iyer and Shweta Iyer fro Port Jefferson Station, New York; Simanta Gautam from Charlottesville, Virginia; Akhil Nistala from Novi, Michigan; Jay Kumar from Louisville, Kentucky ; Avinash Kumar Pandey from Waterloo, Canada; Tejas Dharmaraj and Manav Ajay Sevak from Chandler, Arizona and Anuush Krishna Vejalla from Beverly Hills, Michigan.
Congratulations! To all the child genius!
Content source: The Hindu
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