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Intel ISEF 2010

Top Three

On May 14, 2010, Amy Chyao, Kevin Ellis and Yale Fan earned top honors at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010, the world's largest pre-college science competition. Chyao, 16, of Richardson, Texas, received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, given for the first time in honor of Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO. Ellis, 18, of Vancouver, Wash. and Fan, 18, of Beaverton, Ore. each received $50,000. This year, more than 1,611 young scientists from 59 countries, regions and territories competed for more than $4 million in awards for their innovative research. (photo credit: Chris Ayers/Intel)

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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS


  • The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in San Jose, Calif.
  • Amy Chyao of Richardson, Texas, received the first-place Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize in honor of Intel co-founder and retired Chairman and CEO.
  • Two additional top winners Kevin Ellis of Vancouver, Wash. and Yale Fan, of Beaverton, Ore. each received prizes of $50,000 from the Intel Foundation.
 

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 14, 2010 Celebrating the world's brightest student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public today announced the top winners of the world's largest pre-college science competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Amy Chyao, 16, of Richardson, Texas, was awarded first place for her work to develop a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT), an emerging cancer treatment which uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells. Amy received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, given for the first time in honor of Intel co-founder and retired Chairman and CEO.

Other top honors went to Kevin Ellis, 18, of Vancouver, Wash. and Yale Fan, 18, of Beaverton, Ore., each of whom received $50,000 from the Intel Foundation. Kevin developed a method to automatically speed up computer programs by analyzing the programs while they are running so that work could be divided across multiple microprocessors. Yale's project demonstrated the advantages of quantum computing in performing difficult computations.

"The 1,600 youth from around the world who attended this week's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair showed me that the next generation of scientific and technological innovation is exciting and thriving," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "I hope that the energy these high school students exhibit about math and science will inspire yet another generation of innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs who will improve our world."

This year, 1,611 young scientists from 59 countries, regions and territories competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to the three top winners, more than 600 participants received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Awards included 19 "Best of Category" winners who each received an $8,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner's school and the affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the 19 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:

Category Name Hometown
Animal Sciences Gabriel Joachim Corrales, New Mexico
Behavioral and Social Sciences Tamara Gedankien Sao Paulo, Brasil
Biochemistry Alejandro Scaffa Sao Paulo, Brasil
Cellular and Molecular Biology Nolan Kamitaki Hilo, Hawaii
Chemistry Amy Chyao Richardson, Texas
Computer Science Kevin Ellis Vancouver, Washington
Earth and Planetary Sciences Majdolene Khweis Taos, New Mexico
ENG: Electrical and Mechanical James Popper Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
ENG: Materials and Bioengineering Kay Hyun Joo Seoul, South Korea
Energy and Transportation Shyamal Buch Folsom, California
Environmental Management Avilash Cramer West Linn, Oregon
Environmental Sciences Celline Kim Manhasset, New York
Mathematical Sciences Joshua  Pfeffer Plainview, New York
Medicine and Health Jong Won McLean, Virginia
Microbiology Thomas Silver Glen Rock, New Jersey
Physics and Astronomy Yale Fan Beaverton, Oregon
Plant Sciences Mason McFarland Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Teams, Animal Sciences Melissa  McDowell Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Michael McDowell Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Teams, Computer Science Akash Krishnan Portland, Oregon
Matthew Fernandez Portland, Oregon

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950.

"We congratulate Amy, Kevin and Yale for having the drive and curiosity to tackle the world's most challenging scientific questions," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public. "The work of these talented students and the other finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair inspire all of us by their dedication to inquiry-based research. We are confident these students will continue their work of solving the problems of tomorrow for years to come."

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 finalists were selected from 539 affiliated fairs around the world. Their projects were then evaluated onsite by more than 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines. A full listing of finalists is available at www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2010. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional support from dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors. This year Google is the premier sponsor and Silicon Valley host.

More information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 can be found at www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/isef2010. To view ongoing updates, join the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-by-Education/32855637280 and follow Twitter updates at www.twitter.com/intelinspire. Video footage will be available at www.thenewsmarket.com/intel. To learn more about Society for Science & the Public, visit www.societyforscience.org.

The Gordon E. Moore Award
For the first time, the Gordon E. Moore award was given to the first-place winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010. The award, accompanied by a $75,000 prize from the Intel Foundation, is given in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired Chairman and CEO. Mr. Moore is best known for "Moore's Law," which for more than 45 years has guided the semiconductor industry to deliver ever-more powerful chips while decreasing the cost of electronics. To learn about Mr. Moore, visit www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/bios/moore.htm.

The Intel Education Initiative
Intel's commitment to education extends far beyond the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Over the past decade alone, Intel has invested more than $1 billion, and its employees have donated more than 2.5 million hours toward improving education in 50 countries. To learn more about the Intel Education Initiative, visit www.intel.com/education and the CSR@Intel blog at blogs.intel.com/csr. To join Intel's community of people sharing their stories with the hope of becoming a catalyst for action and a voice for change in global education, visit www.inspiredbyeducation.com.