Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2019

Boca Raton Teen Wins Intel ISEF Best of Category Award in Translational Medicine at World’s Largest Science Fair

16-Year-Old Engineer Works to Improve Spinal Surgery

Using Machine Learning and Computer Vision

 Krithik Ramesh of Greenwood Village, Colorado, Wins US$75,000 Top Prize

at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Boca Raton, FL – Krithik Ramesh, 16, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, was awarded first place for developing a machine learning technology for orthopedic surgeons at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured over 1,800 young scientists selected from 423 affiliate fairs in more than 80 countries, regions and territories.

Using machine learning and computer vision, the project helps orthopedic surgeons achieve greater accuracy for screw placement during spinal surgery. Based on Ramesh’s tests, this method has the potential to decrease operating time by at least 30 minutes, reduce physical therapy recovery time by four weeks and diminish the negative side effects associated with traditional medical imaging. Ramesh received the US$75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

Allison Jia, 17, of San Jose, California, received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of US$50,000 for her investigation into toxic tau protein aggregates, which spread in neurons in the human brain and are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Rachel Seevers, 17, of Lexington, Kentucky, received the other Intel Foundation

Young Scientist Award of US$50,000 for designing, building and testing a rigid, energy-efficient prototype of an underwater propulsion device that mimics the way jellyfish move through the water. This could allow for greater access to the world’s unexplored oceans.

Shriya Reddy, 15, of Northville, Michigan, received the newly announced US$10,000 Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, funded through Society for Science and the Public, for her novel, noninvasive approach for rapidly diagnosing melanoma lesions.

“Intel is proud to honor Krithik Ramesh, Rachel Seevers, Allison Jia, Shriya Reddy and all of the ISEF finalists on their innovative work, which is helping to advance key research areas and provide solutions to global challenges that are critical today. The work they are doing has the potential to make a better tomorrow for all of us,” said Pia Wilson-Body, president of the Intel Foundation. “And I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the communities of support surrounding these students every day: parents, teachers, mentors, administrators, supporters and organizations like SSP who provide opportunities for students to engage and explore the world of STEM, and ultimately reach their full potential.”

In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 22 “Best of Category” winners, who each received a US$5,000 prize in addition to their $3,000 first place award. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the 22 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:

Category Name City State/Country
Animal Sciences Dylan Bagnall and Richard Beattie Dublin Ireland
Behavioral and Social Sciences Giovanni Santucci Ossining New York
Biochemistry Annika Morgan Redding Connecticut
Biomedical and Health Sciences Shriya Reddy Northville Michigan
Biomedical Engineering Krithik Ramesh Greenwood Village Colorado
Cellular and Molecular Biology Allison Jia San Jose California
Chemistry Helena Jiang Gainesville Florida
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Jason Ping Hackensack New Jersey
Earth and Environmental Sciences Katie Lu Springfield Missouri
Embedded Systems Max von Wolff Mayen Germany
Energy: Chemical Shicheng Hu Shanghai China
Energy: Physical Joonyoung Lee and Mincheol Park Busan South Korea
Engineering Mechanics Rachel Seevers Lexington Kentucky
Environmental Engineering Adyant Shankar Nashua New Hampshire
Materials Science Adrien Jathe Frankfurt Germany
Mathematics Ana Maria Perez Albuquerque New Mexico
Microbiology Poojan Pandya and Leo Takemaru Dix Hills and East Setauket New York
Physics and Astronomy Kaylie Hausknecht Lynbrook New York
Plant Sciences Amara Ifeji Bangor Maine
Robotics and Intelligent Machines Kevin Meng Plano Texas
Systems Software Adam Kelly Dublin Ireland
Translational Medical Science Hannah Herbst Boca Raton Florida

“The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s most powerful STEM talent pipeline and I am inspired by all of the ingenuity on display this week,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher ofScience News. “Congratulations to our winners and all our finalists who are demonstrating that world-changing ideas can come from anywhere in the world.”

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair provides opportunities for students to explore their passion for developing innovations that improve the way we work and live. All finalists are selected by an affiliated, local competition and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. At the competition, finalists are judged by hundreds of science, engineering and industry professionals who have a Ph.D. or equivalent (six years of related professional experience) or are senior graduate students with doctoral-level research in one of the 22 scientific disciplines above.

A full listing of finalists is available in the event program. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional support from dozens of corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors. This year, approximately US$5 million was awarded.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between. Find more information about Intel at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.

About the Society

Society for Science & the Public is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its world-class competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning magazine, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at www.societyforscience.org and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat (Society4Science).

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