Students Win Category and Organizational Awards at International Science and Engineering Fair

News Release
May 22, 2019

Eleven students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) won awards at the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair, held last week in Pittsburgh.  The winners captured seven category awards and two organizational awards.


Winners of category awards included: 


•    Miamar Burgos-Rosario, Saijai Supanklang, and Sarah Syed of Hayfield Secondary School, first award in Microbiology for their project Cyanocide: A Novel Strategy for Harmful Algal Bloom Mitigation via Initiation of Programmed Cell Death.


•    Divjot Bedi and Rishabh Misra of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), second award in Embedded Systems for their project BMCI-Net: A Novel Approach to Non-Invasive, Fully Mobile Prosthetic Control Using Robust Pattern Detection and Filtration of EMG and EEG Signals through Supervised Machine Learning.


•    Justin Hu of Madison High School, third award in Materials Science for his project Using Self Assembled Monolayers for the Fabrication of Implantable Strain Gauge Sensors.


•    Kaien Yang of TJHSST, third award in Energy: Chemical for his project Discovery of FAZnF3, a Hybrid Organic-inorganic Perovskite for Photocatalytic Water Splitting.


•    Rachel Naidich of TJHSST, fourth award in Biomedical Engineering for her project Non-Invasive Electronic Wireless Knee Biomechanical and Physiology Monitoring for Post-Operative Rehabilitation.


•    David Toomer of Hayfield Secondary School, fourth award in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for his project CeRNetwork: A Platform for in silico Discovery and Classification of Competing Endogenous RNA Molecules for Multi-Omic Network Diffusion and Novel miRNA-Sequestering Drug Design.


•    Jerry Wei of Oakton High School, fourth award in Robotics and Intelligent Machines for his project Textual Origin Classification and Implicit Bias Detection with Deep Recurrent Neural Networks.


Winners of organizational awards included:


•    Divjot Bedi and Rishabh Misra of TJHSST, second award from NASA for their project BMCI-Net: A Novel Approach to Non-Invasive, Fully Mobile Prosthetic Control Using Robust Pattern Detection and Filtration of EMG and EEG Signals through Supervised Machine Learning.


•    Sid Thakker of Madison High School, second award from NIDA for his project The Role of ALPHA5 Single Nucleotide Polymorphism on Nicotine Dependence.

Over 1,800 students from 81 countries participated in the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair. Complete results are available online.


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For more information, contact Jenay Sharp Leach at 571-423-4785 or jsleach@fcps.edu.