Intel Corporation and the Society for Science & the Public announced the Grand Award winners of Intel ISEF 2016 on May 13.
Han Jie (Austin) Wang, 18, of Vancouver, Canada is the recipient of the first place Gordon E. Moore Award and $75,000 for developing microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that more efficiently convert organic waste into electricity.
Syamantak Payra, 15, of Friendswood, Texas, received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for developing a low-cost electronically-aided knee brace that allows an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally.
Kathy Liu, 17, of Salt Lake City, Utah, received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for developing an alternative battery component that could significantly improve battery performance and safety.
Paige Brown, 17, of Bangor, Maine,won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good, for studying the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli and phosphate contamination levels.
Maya Varma, 17, of Cupertino, California, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation, for using $35 worth of hobbyist electronics and free computer-aided design tools to create a smartphone-based lung function analyzer that diagnoses lung disease.