Fairfax County Holds Virtual Regional Science and Engineering Fair

News Release
March 25, 2020

The 65th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair virtually showcased over 400 high school science projects via recorded videos. Over 600 students presented their research projects in a wide variety of science and engineering fields. Projects were judged by over 150 professionals and 40 professional organizations and businesses. 
The Grand Prize and first place winners are eligible to compete in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair to be held virtually in April.  

Grand Prize winners are:

Biochemistry: Raymond Del Vecchio of Centreville High School and Harini Somanchi of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), Cardiomyopathic Chagas Disease: An Exploration of Diagnostic Ability via Nanoparticle Biomarker Capture GluOx Pathway and Perseus-Based Machine Learning.

Chemistry: Parker Hoang of Langley High School, Designing a Smarter Smart Hydrogel: Optimization of Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Sodium Borate Hydrogels by Physical Crosslinking with Sodium Alginate for pH-Responsive Controlled Drug Delivery.

Embedded Systems: Neil Suri of Oakton High School, FireWatch: A low-cost wildfire monitoring system for high-resolution fire localization using data sparsity and feature matching.

Engineering Mechanics: Jason Chen of TJHSST, Design of a Novel Supersonic Nozzle Using a Multi-Objective Differential Evolution Framework.
Materials Science: Lawrence Shi of TJHSST, Novel Logic and Global Positioning Capabilities with Germanene-based Topological Insulators through the Quantum Spin Hall Effect.

Microbiology: Miamar Burgos-Rosario, Saijai Supanklang, and Sarah Syed of Hayfield Secondary School, A Novel Strategy for Definitive Antibiotic Therapy via Initiation of Targeted Programmed Cell Death.

Systems Software: Mahika Parakh of Westfield High School, Assessing School Lockdown Procedures Using an Agent-Based Simulation.

Translational Medical Sciences: Shreeja Kikkisetti of Chantilly High School, Mammographic Image Processing Application for Detecting and Locating Breast Carcinoma Using Deep Learning.

Biomedical Engineering: Manish Balamurugan, Kathryn Chung, and Venkat Kuppoor of Fairfax High School, USDL: Ultrasound Noise Reduction Using Machine Learning Techniques,

Biomedical Engineering: Eugene Choi, Raffu Khondaker, and Irfan Nafi of TJHSST, Real-Time Object Search and Detection for the Visually Impaired.

Complete results from the 2020 Regional Science and Engineering Fair, including a complete list of winners, are available online on the FCPS Science Fair website.
The 2020 science fair was made possible by hundreds of students, teachers, and community members who dedicated their time and energy.