Students represent state at international competition

Posted May 26, 2009 4:21 p.m. EDT

— Eleven high school students from North Carolina recently represented the state at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nev., and six won awards for their presentations during the competition.

The state's contingent included nine students selected at the North Carolina Science and Engineering State Fair in March:

  • Elon resident Andrew Miller, Western Alamance High School
  • Eileen Jang of Cary, N.C. School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
  • Catherine McVey of Graham, Graham High School
  • Erik Littleton of Bakersville, NCSSM
  • Brevard High School students Brooke Burrows and John Burrows of Brevard; and Matthew Travers of Pisgah Forest
  • NCSSM students Sajith Wickramasekara of Raleigh and Andrew Guo of Cary
  • Two students from the Charlotte/Mecklenberg Regional Fair
  • Charlotte residents Matthew Taylor Stegall, HBS Academy
  • Grant Matthew Edwards, Edwards Christian Academy

Miller’s project, “Optimizing Turbine Blade Efficiency by Manipulating Boundary Layer Separation,” was recognized with the following:

  • Grand Award in Energy and Transportation – 4th Award for $500
  • Air Force Research Laboratory Award on behalf of the United States Air Force - 1st Award in Energy and Transportation for $3,000
  • GE Energy Award - 1st Place for $2,500
  • Ricoh Sustainable Development Award of $12,500
  • United Technologies Corporation shares of common stock valued at $2,000

“Natural Organics Control Aggregation of Mercury Sulfide Nanoparticles in Freshwater Systems,” presented by Jang, won:

  • Grand Award in Environmental Sciences – 2nd Award – for $1,500
  • The American Geological Society’s 2nd Award of $750
  • The Association for Women Geoscientists’ 2nd Award of $150

The team of Guo and Wickramasekara earned:

  • Grand Award in Team Projects – 2nd Award – of $1,500 for their presentation of “A functional genomic framework for chemotherapeutic drug improvement and identification

Stegall and Edwards received:

  • Grand Award in Team Projects – 4th Award – of $500
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association – 2nd Award -- of $250 for their project, “Personal Audio Disruption Device”