BC Students Win Top Honours at the USA Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

VANCOUVER, BC: Two British Columbia students received the grand awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for grand prizes and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Raymond Wang, 17, from St. Georges School, Vancouver received the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000 for his project: a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission. The Gordon E. Moore Award recognizes the best among outstanding students from around the world for innovative research that has the potential to impact both the research field and the world at large. Nicole Ticea, 16, from the York House School, Vancouver received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for developing an inexpensive, easy-to-use testing device to combat the high rate of undiagnosed HIV infection in low-income communities. The Young Scientist Award recognizes students for their commitment to creating innovative solutions to the problems of tomorrow. Special Awards were also won by British Columbia students: • Ann Makosinski – Victoria, BC The e-Drink – Capturing Electricity from Beverages Patent and Trademark Office – $500 • Duncan Stothers – Vancouver, B The FIRST Frame: Personalized Front Impact Reduction System for Bicycles Society for Experimental Mechanics – $1,500 Sustainable Design in Transportation – $2,500 • Nicole Ticea – Burnaby, BPoint-of-Care Low-Cost Disposable Device for Nucleic Acid Testing of HIV: Sample-toAnswer in 60 Min Chinese Association of Science and Technology $1,200 • Raymond Wang – Vancouver, BC Aircraft Cabin Airflow: Curbing Disease Transmission National Aeronautics and Space Administration – $1,000 Society for Experimental Test Pilots – $1,000 United Technologies Corporation – $3,000 Common Stock shares • Janice Pang – Coquitlam, BC miRNAs as biomarkers of IAPP-induced inflammation in type 2 diabetes 4th Award, Biomedical and Health Sciences – $500