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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair: Winners

Top Honors Awarded at Intel ISEF 2016

Following a week-long celebration of science at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top award winners for 2016.

Han Jie (Austin) Wang, 18, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, received top honors with the Gordon E. Moore Award and a USD 75,000 prize. Syamantak Payra, 15, of Friendswood, Texas, and Kathy Liu, 17, of Salt Lake City, Utah, each received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a USD 50,000 scholarship.

In addition, more than 400 Intel ISEF competitors received scholarships and prizes for innovative research presented at the competition. This included 20 “Best of Category” winners, as well as grants to the winners’ schools and their Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs.

Intel ISEF awards included approximately USD 4 million in scholarships and prizes.

GORDON E. MOORE AWARD WINNER

Han Jie (Austin) Wang, 18, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, received the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000 for developing microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that more efficiently convert organic waste into electricity.  Specifically, Wang identified specific genes in genetically enhanced E. coli bacteria that enabled them to generate power efficiently. His system can produce significantly more power than existing MFC processes at a cost that is competitive with solar energy, which he believes will make MFCs commercially viable.

INTEL FOUNDATION YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD WINNERS

Runners-up honors went to two individuals named as Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award winners. Each of these students received USD 50,000 in scholarship funds for their ground-breaking research.