By Lia Tian

The annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair was held in Los Angles on May 16, 2014. The Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest high school science research competition.

This year, top winners include 15-year-old Nathan Han from Boston, who won first place for his machine learning software tool studying mutations of a gene linked to breast cancer. He received the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize named for the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

Also 15 years old, Lennart Kleinwort of Germany was awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for his smartphone and tablet app. Using Kleinwort’s app, people can draw curves, lines, and geometric figures, which are then rendered as shapes and equations that the user can continue to edit. The second Intel Foundation Young Scientist award was given to 17-year-old Shannon Xinjing Lee of Singapore. Shannon developed an inexpensive electrocatalyst using carbonized Chinese eggplant that would be more stable and environmentally friendly that commercial catalysts. Both Lee and Kleinwort received $50,000 for their work on their respective projects.

Our representatives from the Orange County Intel ISEF, Kevin Lee of University High School and Miribel Tran of Marina High School, both placed 3rd at the national fair, receiving $1,000 in prizes. Kevin Lee was won Special Awards from the Mathematical Society, $500, Bruno Kessler Foundation (full scholarship to Italy), and United Technologies, $3000.

Congratulations to all of the students and their handwork on these spectacular projects!

To read more, visit the Intel ISEF page at