Following a week-long celebration of science at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top award winners for 2013.
Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania, received top honors with the Gordon E. Moore Award and a USD 75,000 prize. Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California, and Henry Wanjune Lin, 17, of Shreveport, Louisiana, 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 17 "Best of Category" winners, as well as grants to the winners' schools and their Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs.
Intel ISEF awards included more than USD 4 million in scholarships and prizes.
Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, 19, of Romania, won the Gordon E. Moore Award for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car. Ionut’s research addresses a major global issue. Annually, car accidents cause 1.24 million deaths worldwide1, 90 percent of which result from driver error2. With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car. And the cost: only $4,000. The Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman/CEO, includes USD 75,000 in scholarship funds.
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 projects.
With the rapid adoption of portable electronics, Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California, recognized the crucial need for energy-efficient storage devices. She developed a tiny device called a supercapacitor, which allows an LED to fully charge within 20 – 30 seconds. The project builds on existing research in the area, and specifically aims to create an improved supercapacitor with increased energy density, while maintaining power density and long life cycle. Eesha’s invention has potential applications for car batteries and cell phone batteries.
By simulating thousands of clusters of galaxies, Henry Wanjune Lin, 17, of Shreveport, Louisiana, has provided scientists with valuable new data, allowing them to better understand the mysteries of astrophysics, including dark matter, dark energy and the balance of heating and cooling in the universe’s most massive objects.
1World Health Organization
2International Organization for Road Accident Prevention