Twelve Students Win Grand Prize Awards in 2019 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

News Release
March 19, 2019

Twelve students earned grand prize awards at the 64th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held March 15-17 at Robinson Secondary School.

Winning individual grand prizes were:

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

Embedded Systems: Rachel Naidich of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), Non-Invasive Electronic Wireless Knee Biomechanical and Physiology Monitoring for Post-Operative Rehabilitation; and Rishabh Nisra and Divjot Bedi of TJHSST, 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.

Energy: Chemical: Kaien Yang of TJHSST, Discovery of FAZnF3, a Hybrid Organic-inorganic Perovskite for Photocatalytic Water Splitting.

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

Physics and Astronomy: Luke Mrini of Lake Braddock Secondary School, The Penrose Process in Analog Black Holes; and Justin Wang of Chantilly High School,  Simulation of Timescale Matching between Organic and Metallic Phase-Change Materials for Transient Thermal Reduction.

Robotics and Intelligent Machines:  Jerry Wei of Oakton High School, Textual Origin Classification and Implicit Bias Detection with Deep Recurrent Neural Networks.

Biomedical Engineering: Justin Hu of Madison High School, Using Self Assembled Monolayers for the Fabrication of Implantable Strain Gauge Sensors.

Results from the 2019 Regional Science and Engineering Fair, including a complete list of winners, can be found online