Who We Are
What We Do
"You see their projects and think: These kids are going to change the world."
— Denise Signorelli, Ph.D.
Who We Are
Society for Science & the Public is seeking a new title sponsor for the nearly 70-year-old International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition. The title sponsorship of this event is now available for only the second time in its storied history, with the new sponsor assuming the sole title sponsorship in May 2019.
Each year, millions of high school students from around the globe enter this most powerful STEM talent pipeline in the world. These students—tomorrow’s leading scientists, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs—strive to discover answers and develop new solutions to humanity’s greatest problems.
The Society has initiated and will manage a competitive process to find the best partner for the future of the International Science and Engineering Fair. The next sponsor will commit at least $15 million annually for a minimum sponsorship term of five years.
For more information about sponsorship, contact Rick Bates at 202-669-4288.
Select featured alumni above to learn more about ISEF sucess stories.
Students from Brazil have competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1986. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 30 student finalists from Brazil competed and 17 earned either a Grand or Special award. Brazil has two main affiliated fairs, the International Fair of South America and FEBRACE or the "Feira Brasileira de Ciencias e Engenharia".
VITAL PRODUTOS QUIMICOS LTDA
Hoch competed in the ISEF 2012, and most recently co-founded VITAL Produtos Quimicos Ltda with fellow ISEF competitor Eduardo Rodrigues. VITAL is a producer of Lactobionic Acid — the main component of organ transplant fluids. Before co-founding VITAL, she worked as a Field Technician for ERM: Environmental Resources Management and as a Chemical Technician for ITT FOSSIL.
Lucas Marder de Oliveira Reis
CO-FOUNDER AND PROJECT DIRECTOR, BRASTAX
Marder de Oliveira Reis competed in ISEF in 2008. He is the Co-Founder and Project Director at Brastax - Biotechnology with Microalgae, a company dedicated to the development of on-demand solutions for the treatment of industrial effluents with microalgae. He also acted as a voluntary co-counselor for young scientific initiation research and recently held a three-month international training at Bluemater, where he participated in optimizing the sanitation processes offered by the company.
CO-FOUNDER PARTNER, VITAL PRODUTOS QUIMICOS LTDA
Rodrigues competed in the ISEF 2012, and most recently co-founded VITAL Produtos Quimicos Ltda with fellow ISEF competitor Juliana Hoch. VITAL is a producer of Lactobionic Acid — the main component of organ transplant fluids. Before co-founding VITAL, Rodrigues was a business consultant for Accera, a market intelligence consultancy.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, MENDELICS
Schlesinger competed in ISEF in 1997, and is the co-founding CEO of Mendelics, Brazil’s leading genomics-based clinical diagnosis lab. Mendelics focuses on rare genetic diseases and cancer. Before founding Mendelics, Schlesinger was a Clinical Neurologist and Genetics Researcher at Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital, located in the Sao Paulo area. In 2009, Schlesinger co-founded Medbits, an electronic medical records start up that won an innovation award from FAPESC.
Canada has had students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1961. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 15 student finalists from Canada competed and each earned either a Grand or Special award. Canada has three main affiliated fairs each year: Youth Science Canada, Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair, and the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair. Tens of thousands of high school students compete in science fairs across Canada each year with hundreds then earning the right to enter and compete at Society affiliated fairs.
VP ANALYTICS, SPOTIFY
Bly competed in ISEF in 1998, and is the Vice President of Analytics for Spotify where he is responsible for global data and analytics strategy. Previously, he was the co-founding CEO of Seed Scientific, the advanced analytics and data innovation firm acquired by Spotify in 2015. Bly was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, was a Visiting Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
FOUNDER, CEO AND CHAIRMAN, BPG-WERKS
Gulak participated in multiple ISEF competitions, including 2004, 2006 and 2007. Gulak developed the Uno, a one-wheeled, zero-emissions motorcycle, which garnered international attention, landing him on the cover of Popular Science magazine and providing the base for the creation of his company, BPG-Werks. The DTV Shredder, an extreme all-terrain vehicle, is his company’s first production vehicle. Gulak has been named to Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 and was Popular Science’s Invention of the Year in 2008.
Ann (Andrini) Makosinski
INVENTOR, THE HOLLOW FLASHLIGHT
Makosinski competed in ISEF in 2014 and 2015 and is currently a student at the University of British Columbia. She invented the hollow flashlight, a flashlight that runs solely off the heat of the human hand. She also invented the eDrink, a mug that harvests the excess heat of your hot drink and converts it into electricity. In 2017, Makosinski was included on Forbes 30 Under 30 for the Energy Sector.
INVENTOR, HIV TEST
Ticea competed in ISEF in 2015 and won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. As a student at the private girl’s York House School in Vancouver — and in collaboration with Simon Fraser University — Ticea developed a test using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification to test for HIV. The test allows users to place a drop of blood on a chip to receive a near instantaneous response to find out if they are infected, a process only slightly more difficult than a pregnancy test.
Students from China have competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1988. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, 36 student finalists competed and earned nine awards overall. China has two main affiliated fairs each year, the China Association for Science and Technology (CASTIC) and the Sichuan Science Fair. China reports that more than 15 million young people enter science fairs across the country each year, with about 500 of those then entering Society affiliated fairs.
SOFTWARE ENGINEER, GOOGLE
Gai competed in ISEF in 2001. She is a Software Engineer at Google. Previously, she was a Research Scientist at Intel Lab’s Security and Privacy Research. She has been published and cited on multiple occasions, in books, journal papers and conference papers. In 2014 and 2016, Gai won the Intel Patent Award.
Denis Yi Fan Huen
FOUNDER AND CEO, MEDEXO ROBOTICS
Huen competed in the ISEF 2006 and is the Founder and CEO of MedEXO Robotics, a company seeking to develop new healthcare robotic technologies, including exoskeleton and haptic feedback systems. Previously, Huen founded G-Innovator Research & Creation Co LTD. In recent years he has also received awards in various science & technology competitions, such as Best Innovation & Research Gold Award in 2008 and 1st Prize winner in the 5th Awarding Program for Future Scientists (China) in 2006.
FOUNDER AND CEO, CAPSTONE GAMES
Wang participated in the ISEF 2007. He is the Founder and CEO of Capstone Games, which develops top quality soccer management games for fans worldwide. Their first game netted 1.5 million downloads and $9 million gross revenue. Wang was an Assistant Product Manager at RedAtoms, a developer of online games before founding Capstone.
CO-FOUNDER AND CTO, WEARHAUS
Zhang competed in ISEF in 2009. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Wearhaus, and Co-Developer of the Wearhaus Arc, the first pair of wireless headphones that enables you to sync up with multiple friends nearby and listen to music together. Before creating the Wearhaus Arc, Zhang was a software intern at Leap Motion. He also co-founded Hackers@Berkeley. In 2013, Zhang was named a Thiel Fellow and in 2014 was included in Forbes China 30 Under 30 list.
HEAD OF CHINA DESK, DEAL ADVISORY, KPMG SWITZERLAND
Zhu competed in ISEF in 2000. She currently leads KPMG’s Deal Advisory Strategy, China Desk. Previously, Zhu served as the Associate Director European PE Investments for Fosun Group, a European private equity group. She also co-founded Silkway International GmbH, which provided business solutions for European and Chinese companies in market entry, M&A, trading, sourcing and distribution. Zhu founded Landing Dream International, a Chinese outbound tourism marketing and operating agency.
Students from nearly 30 countries in Europe have competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, 86 student finalists competed and 32 earned awards overall. They represented 24 European countries which had affiliated fairs participating in the culminating competition.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, STAIRSTEADY LTD
Amos competed in ISEF 2008 with her project "The Stair Steady." It was designed in response to a teacher’s challenge to design an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs. She went on to start the Stair Steady, Ltd., based on this project. Amos won the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year award in Britain and was also picked as the youngest ever of Britain’s "Heroines For Hard Times" 35 Women Under 35 by Management Today.
Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu
FOUNDER AND CEO, SKYHUB
Budisteanu competed in ISEF from 2010 through 2013, winning the Gordon E. Moore award top prize in 2013. Today, he is the Founder and CEO of SkyHub, a social revenue sharing forum platform. He is also the Founder and CEO of BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO, which created VisionBot, an affordable "pick and place machine" that helps makers turn their electronic prototypes into products. Budisteanu was recently included in Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 Europe list.
Steven P. Chambers
SENIOR ANALYST, ANAVON CAPITAL
Chambers competed in ISEF in 2005, and is currently a Senior Analyst at Anavon Capital, a concentrated global hedge fund. Previously, he was an Analyst at Pensato Capital. Before joining Pensato, Chambers was a Partner at I-Furnish.com. He also founded The Imperial Initiative for Global Outreach.
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE STUDENT, ULSTER UNIVERSITY; CEO, PADSMARTS
Juerk competed in ISEF in 2014. She is a second year biomedical science student at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, and is in the process of founding a new business, Padsmarts, which uses 3D image processing technology, along with computational modeling, to improve the saddle fitting process for horses. Juerk is also a Program Ambassador for Adamed SMART UP, an educational program aimed at promoting science in Poland, and a volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled Association.
Tobias Jan Kippenberg
FULL PROFESSOR, LABORATORY OF PHOTONICS AND QUANTUM MEASUREMENTS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Kippenberg competed in ISEF 1997. He is a professor of Laboratory Photonics and Quantum Measurements at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL). Kippenberg’s research concerns the science and applications of high-Q optical microresonators -devices that store light for extended amounts of time in micron- and nano-scale volumes. In 2016, Kippenberg was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, LEAF SYSTEMS GMBH
Marksteiner competed in ISEF in 2012. He is the co-founding CEO of Leaf Systems GmbH, which seeks to improve ordering and communications processes in the restaurant industry. Before founding Leaf Systems, Marksteiner was an Associate-Solution Architect at KPMG Advisory GmbH. As a student, Marksteiner worked as a software developer for ENGEL Austria.
STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH; INVENTOR, ONESTEP
Nolan competed in ISEF in 2013, and is currently at the University of Edinburgh working toward an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering degree. She is also continuing to work on OneStep (her ISEF project), her invention to aid walking devices like crutches or walking canes on soft terrains. Nolan is a Github Campus Expert and previously served as a Polyglot Project Developer Intern.
Popper competed in 2010 with his project, CookerSmart, a kitchen fire detection device. Today, Popper is the CEO of AmberBox, an instant gunshot detection program that initiates building lockdown, law enforcement communication and mass notification. Prior to AmberBox, Popper was Managing Director of SinclairFire, an infrared fire detection device, designed to respond to fires rapidly and without false alarms.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PENDAGO GROUP PLC
Sumra competed in ISEF in 1999. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pendago Group Plc, a management consulting company, and the Business Development Director at 2020 Business Performance, a part of the Pendago Group. Previously, Sumra was the Business Development Manager — BI Solutions for Ridgian, an information management software and solutions provider.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, TRANSFORMATIVE CONNECTIONS
Young competed in ISEF in 2002. He is the Co-Founder of Transformative Connections, which focuses on the role of technology in promoting peacebuilding and positive social change. He is also the Manager of Training & Mediation Services for TIDES Training and Consultancy where he conducts training and mediations with local government, community groups and businesses. Young also uses these skills as a guest lecturer in conflict mediation at Durham University and as an Expert in Residence for Politics Plus where he provides advice and guidance to the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly.
Students from India have competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1999. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 16 student finalists from India competed and eight earned either a Grand or Special award. The affiliated fair in India is the Initiative in Research and Innovation in Science which provides year-round programming to youth in India who are interested in science fair.
SCIENTIST, LAB HEAD, ROCHE
Benekareddy competed in ISEF in 1999. She is the Lab Head at Roche, focusing on drug discovery in neurodevelopmental disorders. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Roche Pharmaceuticals.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERN, UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER
Dalvi competed in ISEF in 1999. She is a Business Development Intern at the Office for Technology Development at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. Previously, she was the Technology Transfer Intern there. Dalvi was also a Postdoctoral Researcher of Oncology at the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dalvi is an HHMI Med-into-Grad Scholar and received an IASc-INSA-NASI Fellowship.
CTO, DOC.AI; COO, DATAWALLET
Mishra won the ISEF Grand Award for Engineering in 2006 for the "Glabenator," a communication device he invented in response to his grandfather’s paralysis. Mishra is Chief Technology Officer at doc.ai, a new artificial intelligence start-up. He co-founded Datawallet, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. He is also the youngest member of the Global Agenda Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies 2014–2016 and Member of the Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, 2014–2016 at the World Economic Forum.
FOUNDER AND CEO BLUEBIRD LIGHT
Mittal competed in ISEF in 2003. He is the Founder of Bluebird Light, which uses innovative optical, electrical and thermal designs to create optimized LED lamps and systems. Previously, he was the Manager for Research and Development for Bluebird Power Controls Pvt. Ltd., which is a reputed brand of voltage stabilizers and transformers. Mittal also worked as a Software Engineer at SlideShare.
TOMALLA FELLOW, ASTRONOMY, INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY ETH ZURICH
Padmanabhan competed in ISEF in 2006. She is currently a Tomalla post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Her main areas of interest are cosmology, structure formation in the universe and the intergalactic medium. Padmanabhan received some of India’s most prestigious fellowships: the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowship, the KVPY Fellowship and the NTSE Scholarship. She was also selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader by the Institute of International Education and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Marc Mihir Tandon
Tandon competed in ISEF in 2005. He is the founding CEO of logistics company FastOx. He also founded The Food Hive, a mood-based food matching website that evolved into FastOx. Previously, Tandon founded Fundhu Recruitment, a recruiting service that focused on middle management.
Japan has had students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1957. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 27 student finalists from Japan competed and four earned either a Grand or Special award. Japan has two main affiliated fairs each year: Japan Students Science Awards and the Japan Science & Engineering Challenge.
RESEARCHER, WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT OFFICE, INC.
Mashiko competed in ISEF in 2003. She is currently a Researcher in Wildlife Management Office, Inc., in Japan. Her research interest is the field of ornithology; she has been studying the population ecology of colonial herons and egrets around Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan. Previously, Mashiko was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Biodiversity Division of the National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences.
PROJECT RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
Hayamiza competed in ISEF in 2004. He is a Project Research Associate in the University of Tokyo’s Department of Information and Communication Engineering with expertise in designing and developing high performance database engines on large scale enterprise systems. Previously, he was a developer at Ubiquitous Corp.
PROJECT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF YAMANASHI
KŌFU’S INSTITUTE OF ENOLOGY AND VITICULTURE
Yano competed in ISEF in 2004 with a project focusing on forest ecosystems. Yano is now a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Yamanashi Kōfu’s Institute of Enology and Viticulture. He is a published researcher whose most recent work has closely examined Rhodococcus erythropolis.
Russia has had students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1997. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 29 student finalists from Russia competed and four earned either a Grand or Special award. Russia has five main affiliated fairs each year, including the Scientists of the Future Fair and the Intel Baltic Science and Engineering Fair.
FOUNDER AND CEO, LOYALTYPLANT
Diachenko competed in ISEF 2006. He is the founding CEO of LoyaltyPlant, a service that enables restaurants to communicate with their guests, track their marketing campaigns and collect customer data. Diachenko also founded SmartKupon a platform that used location-based software to offer restaurant guests mobile coupons. Previously, he was a Software Developer at Motorola Mobile Devices.
CTO, FLYSTATION JAPAN; CEO, TUNNEL TECHNOLOGIES
Lisin competed in ISEF in 2002. He is the Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer of FlyStation Japan, the country’s first wind tunnel construction management company. Lisin is also the CEO of Tunnel Technologies, an indoor sky diving facility, and the CEO of UHB VLSI Design Lab. Previously, he was the Chief Engineer at RosTechnoExport, the Chief Expert at GAZPROEKT and the CEO of Petrolet.
Students from Saudi Arabia have competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair since 2007. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, 19 student finalists competed and earned nine awards overall. Saudi Arabia has one main affiliated fair each year, the Mawhiba Science & Engineering Fair.
Hisham Al Falih
MAYFIELD FELLOW, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Al Falih competed in ISEF in 2012. Al Falih currently serves as a Mayfield Fellow of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, a highly selective nine-month fellowship designed for high-tech entrepreneurship.
Bayan Mohammed Mashat
Co-Founder, Manara Research
Mashat is a two-time ISEF finalist and undergraduate computer science student at University of California, Davis, expected to graduate in 2018. She co-founded Manara Research, a non-profit aimed at educating pre-college students in Arab countries about scientific research. Mashat is Vice President of the Game Development and Arts Club at UC-Davis.
Students from South Africa have competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1999. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, seven student finalists and nearly 200 students from South Africa have competed overall since the country's first year of participation. South Africa has one main affiliated fair each year, the South African Expo for Young Scientists.
ANTARCTIC RADAR ENGINEER, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Taljaard competed in ISEF in 2010. She is an Electronic Engineer for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs in Antarctica. Previously, she was an Embedded Software Engineer for Paramount Advanced Technologies, a South African company focused on global defense and aerospace innovation.
FOUNDER AND CEO,
GALACTIC ENERGY VENTURES
Xuza competed in ISEF in 2007. Xuza is the Founder and Managing Director of Galactic Energy Ventures, an investment holding company focused on creating global opportunities through smart energy solutions to address the energy needs in emerging markets. In 2013, his groundbreaking work on microfuel cells was published in the Journal of Electroceramics, and in 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship to the Africa Leadership Network, a premier network consisting of individuals poised to shape Africa’s future.
South Korea has had students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair since 1961. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 36 student finalists from South Korea competed and 12 earned either a Grand or Special award. South Korea has three main affiliated fairs each year: Korea Olympiad in Informatics, YSC - National Science Research Competition and the Korea Science Fair.
Kelvin Dongho Kim
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, KOREA CREDIT DATA
Kim competed in ISEF in 2005. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Korea Credit Data, which helps investors price the credit risk in loans to small and midsize businesses. He is also the Co-Founder of IDINCU, which has been the dominant mobile research provider in Korea. Previously, Kim was a Product Manager for Gretech. In 2016, Kim was included in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list and in 2014 he was included in the company’s Korea 30 Under 30 list.
JP (Joonpyo) Lee
MANAGING DIRECTOR AND PARTNER, SOFTBANK VENTURES KOREA
Lee competed in ISEF in 2000. Lee is currently Managing Director/Partner at Softbank Ventures Korea. He co-founded Enswers, a video search technology company that was acquired by Tribune Media Group in 2014. While at Enswers, Lee served as the Chief Strategy Officer, then the CEO of Enswers America and finally the EVP of Corporate Development TFT of Enswers.
PRODUCT MANAGER, VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY, DOLBY LABORATORIES
Ryoo competed in ISEF in 2008. She is currently a Virtual Reality Product Manager for Dolby Laboratories. Previously she was a Product Manager for APX Labs where she led web and mobile product development for Skylight, an industry-leading AR software. In 2015, Ryoo received an award for the Best Hack using Intel Mashery API at the PennApps Hackathon.
The United States has had students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair since its launch in 1950 as the National Science Fair. That year, 30 students from 12 states participated. In 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the culminating ISEF event, 1,030 student finalists from the United States competed and 414 earned either a Grand or Special award. The Society has affiliated with science fairs in all 50 states, and there are currently 314 affiliated science fairs in the United States.
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES; LOCATION/MOTION ENGINEERING, APPLE
Bencze competed in ISEF in1984 with a parallel processing computer, but credits science fairs with helping him learn to think on his feet. His project broke after arriving at ISEF and Bencze was able to rebuild, thanks to a trip to Radio Shack. Bencze went on to co-found and serve as Vice President of Engineering at Coherent Navigation, a startup centered on satellite navigation technology. In 2014, Coherent Navigation was acquired by Apple. Since then, Bencze has been working with Apple on special projects related to Wireless Technologies and Location/Motion Engineering.
PRODUCT QUALITY MANAGER, ORIGINATE
Bomkamp competed in ISEF in 2009 and is the inventor of The Pain Free Socket, which incorporates thermal biofeedback into prosthetics to eliminate phantom pain in amputees. She is also a Product Quality Manager at Originate partner Risk Management Solutions, a leading catastrophe risk modeling company. Bomkamp has been named one of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women of the Year and West Virginia Executive Magazine’s Young Gun.
Mary Sue Coleman
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES; PRESIDENT EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Coleman competed in ISEF in 1959 and 1960. She is the President of the Association of American Universities. Previously, Coleman was the President of the University of Iowa and then the President of the University of Michigan. TIME Magazine named her one of the nation’s "10 best college presidents," and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Coleman is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Conard competed in ISEF in 2008. He is the President of Dunkadoo, a company that builds tools to help scientists study the natural world. Conard is also an Engineering Manager at Duo Security, a cloud-based access security providers. He founded Specteo, an enterprise data management company, as well as Ornicept, which automates identification of bird species. In 2013, Forbes included Conard in their 30 Under 30 list.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, CLIMAX
Cunningham, who competed in ISEF 1990 with his project, "X-Ray Diffraction and Lattice Parameter," is now the CEO at CLIMAX, a portable machining, welding and advanced valve testing systems company. Cunningham specializes in business transformations and domestic/international expansions of mid-market companies that manufacture highly-engineered products. Before joining CLIMAX, Cunningham was Managing Director of Manlift Group, a Dubai-based global specialist in the rentals and sales of powered access equipment and power generator solutions.
Lawrence (Larry) Fritz
PRESIDENT AND CEO, INCRO PHARMACEUTICALS
Fritz competed in ISEF in 1970. A biotech entrepreneur, Fritz is the Founder, President and CEO of Incro Pharmaceuticals, which was purchased by Denali Therapeutics in August 2016, and the Executive Chairman of Xetrios Therapeutics, which was purchased by Kolltan Pharmaceuticals in 2014. Fritz also either founded or co-founded the following biotech companies: Covella Pharmaceuticals, Conforma Therapeutics, Idun Pharmaceuticals and Athena Neurosciences.
Eden Full Goh
Full Goh competed in ISEF in 2007 and 2008. She is the Founder and Member of the Board of SunSaluter, an off-grid solar technology nonprofit. Full Goh invented the SunSaluter, the only solar panel tracker designed for the developing world to increase output by 30 percent. Full Goh was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 three years in a row, a US Chamber of Commerce’s IP Champions and Ashoka’s Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She was a member of the Thiel Fellowship’s inaugural class.
PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Greene, an ISEF 1980 competitor, is a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His books, "The Elegant Universe" "The Fabric of the Cosmos," and "The Hidden Reality," have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA miniseries, which he hosted. In 2008, he co-founded the World Science Festival where he serves as Chairman of the Board.
Kristina M. Johnson
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, CUBE HYDRO PARTNERS
Johnson competed in ISEF in 1975. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cube Hydro Partners. Previously, Johnson served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was also Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University and Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Johnson is a Member of the Board of Directors of AES Corporation, Cisco Systems, Boston Scientific and GE’s Ecomagination. She has been inducted into the US Inventors Hall of Fame and National Academy of Engineering.
PROFESSOR, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Lurie competed in ISEF in 1994 and 1995. He is a Mathematician and a Professor at Harvard University. Lurie is creating a conceptual foundation for derived algebraic geometry (DAG). Lurie won the Morgan prize in 2000, the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2014 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.
MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCHER, MICROSOFT RESEARCH NEW ENGLAND
Mackey competed in ISEF in 2003.
He is currently a Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Stanford University. Mackey’s team won second place in 2010 in the $1 million Netflix Prize competition for collaborative filtering. In 2012, Mackey and teammate Lilly Fang won first prize in the ALS Prediction Prize4Life Challenge, which sought to most accurately predict the rate of progression of ALS in patients.
Paul L. Modrich
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER; JAMES B. DUKE PROFESSOR OF BIOCHEMISTRY, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Modrich competed in ISEF in 1964. He is the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and an Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Modrich, along with Tomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015 for mapping — at a molecular level —how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information.
SPECIAL PROJECTS, APPLE; FOUNDER, STARTX MED
Nag competed in ISEF in 2007 and 2009. She founded StartX Med, Stanford University and Stanford Hospital’s non-profit medical innovation accelerator program. She also founded biotech company Stem Cell Theranostics. In 2014, Nag joined Apple’s Special Projects team. Nag has been named the 2nd Most Creative Person in Business by Fast Company, included on the Silicon Valley Top 100 Innovators and Disruptors list, selected as Forbes 30 Under 30 standout in Science & Healthcare, and highlighted by Business Insider as one of the Most Powerful Millennials Under 35.
Dianne K. Newman
GORDON M. BINDER/AMGEN PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY AND GEOBIOLOGY; EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, CALTECH
Newman competed in ISEF in 1987 and 1988. She is a Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology as well as Executive Officer for Molecular Biology at Caltech. Previously, Newman was the Wilson Professor of Geobiology at MIT. She has been published in scientific journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geobiology, Nature and Science. In 2016, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, ANDROID AND CHROME FOR BUSINESS AND EDUCATION, GOOGLE
Sheth competed in ISEF in 1992 through 1994. Sheth is a Senior Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome for Business and Education for Google. He previously co-founded and led the Google Apps product line, Google’s messaging and collaboration products for businesses. He led Google’s efforts to bring cloud computing to universities and enterprises, and is responsible for product strategy, execution and overall evangelism of apps to Fortune 500 customers and press.
INVENTOR, FOUNDER AND CEO, FENUGREEN
Shukla competed in ISEF in 2001 and 2002. She is the Founder & CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Shukla holds four patents, was featured as one of the "7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World" by Fast Company and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2014. In 2016, she was named to TIME Magazine’s "5 Most Innovative Women in Food."
CO-FOUNDER AND FORMER COO, HIRED, INC.
Tyle competed in ISEF in 2007 through 2009. Tyle was an Investor with Sherpa Ventures, a venture capital firm that supports emerging technology companies. Previously, Tyle was the COO and part of the founding team of Hired, Inc. He was the founding CEO of Resight, an organization dedicated to eradicating treatable blindness. Tyle was one of the first Thiel 20 Under 20 fellows, included on Forbes 2013 30 Under 30 list and on the 2013 Goldman Sachs Top 100 Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
VP OF PRODUCT, SLACK
Underwood was a 1996 ISEF competitor. She is currently the Vice President of Product at Slack, where she leads the engineering, product management, partner marketing and platform evangelism teams. She is also a founding partner at #Angels, an investment collective. Previously, Underwood was Director of Product at Twitter. In 2016, Underwood was named to the Fortune 40 Under 40 list and in 2015 she was named to the Fast Company Most Creative People list.
PSYCHIATRY RESIDENT PHYSICIAN, STANFORD HEALTH CARE; AUTHOR OF DO GOOD WELL
Vasan competed in ISEF in 2002 and won the Intel Young Scientist Award. She is a Psychiatry Resident at Stanford Health Care, and co-author of #1 Amazon Best Seller "Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation." She was the Co-Leader of Battleground State Outreach for Barack Obama’s Health Policy Advisory Committee during the 2008 Presidential Election and worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Vasan was named a 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator by MedTech Boston.
CLASS OF 1957 CAREER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MIT DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
Williams competed in ISEF in 1999. She is an Associate Professor in Economics at the MIT and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Williams is an applied micro-economist who works on the causes and consequences of technological change in health care markets. She is a MacArthur Fellow.
CEO AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, BOWERS & WILKINS; CO-OWNER AND FORMER PRESIDENT, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Yu competed in ISEF in 1989. Yu is a Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers, and for three years also served as the President/Chief Strategy Officer for the team. Yu was the first ethnic minority team President in NFL history. He is also the CEO and Executive Chairman of Bowers & Wilkins, a leader in home cinema and hi-fi speakers. Previously, Yu also served as the Chief Financial Officer for YouTube and then Facebook.
JAMES AND PATRICIA POITRAS ‘63 PROFESSOR IN NEUROSCIENCE; ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, BRAIN AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING; CORE MEMBER, BROAD INSTITUTE
Zhang competed in ISEF in 1999, winning the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Scholar Award. Zhang is a core institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as well as James and the Patricia Poitras ‘63 Professor in Neuroscience at MIT and an Associate Professor at MIT. Zhang pioneered the development of genome editing tools for use in eukaryotic cells — including human cells —from natural microbial CRISPR systems. His awards include the Perl/UNC Prize in Neuroscience, the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award.