Austin Wang wins Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Fri, 2016-05-13 17:01 -- Jessie MacAlpine

Congratulations to Austin Wang who was awarded the Gordon E. Moore Award for Best in Fair at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) this morning. He placed first amongst the 1700 participants competing in the world’s largest science research competition for high school students. This is the second year in a row that a Canadian has been awarded Best in Fair.

Wang, a Grade 12 student at David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, combined microbiology and chemical engineering to approach energy production from a novel perspective. He identified specific genes in E. coli bacteria that greatly improve both the efficiency and economic viability of microbial fuel cells, which convert organic waste into electricity.

In addition, he received an award from the China Association for Science and Technology ($1200) reflecting the originality and innovation of his work. Last year, Wang’s research was awarded Best in Fair at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Overall, the eight members of Team Canada won 14 awards and scholarships totalling $106 700 USD. Notably, Dennis Drewnik, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was awarded Best in Category in Plant Sciences and the Dudley R. Herschbach Award including a trip to the Nobel ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden.  His research identifying resistance genes in canola crops.

These results continue to demonstrate Team Canada’s success at the international level with over 80% of team members returning with an award.

 

Award Winners

Austin Wang (Vancouver, BC)-Gordon E. Moore, Best in Category and First Place in Microbiology, China Association for Science and Technology

Dennis Drewnik (Winnipeg, MB)-Best in Category and First Place in Plant Sciences, Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award

Daniel Mogilny (Richmond Hill, ON)-Second Place in Systems Software, GoDaddy Forward Thinker Award and Oracle Award for outstanding projects in a systems science category.

Rachel Brouwer (Bedford, NS)-Second Place in Earth and Environmental Science

Matteo Bomben (Richmond Hill, ON) -Third Place in Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

Emily Cross (Thunder Bay, ON)-Fourth Place in Earth and Environmental Science

Marcus Deans (Windsor, ON)-Fourth Place in Environmental Engineering

For media inquiries please contact Brad McCabe at brad.mccabe@youthscience.ca or 866-341-0040.

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