Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation

Society for Science is proud to present the Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation. This $10,000 award will be given to the finalist who best demonstrates an innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, recognizing that research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines, as well as, the impact they collectively have on our everyday lives. The award will be used by the winner to cover post-secondary educational expenses.

Learn more about the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair and about the awards presented at ISEF.

Winners of the Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation from 2019-2022


Amon Schumann, 17, of Berlin, Germany, received $10,000 for developing balloon-borne, light-weight solar-powered instruments that transmit aerial images, telemetry and climate data to a website he created. His device can stay aloft for several weeks circumnavigating the Earth at a consistent altitude and greatly reduces instrumentation costs.

ETSD005 — Around the World in Eighty Days: Small Radiosondes on a Great Mission


  • Amon Schumann, Robert-Havemann-Gymnasium, Germany


Arya Tschand, 17, of Marlboro, New Jersey received $10,000 for his development of an artificial intelligence model that inter-communicates to collect and analyze environmental data to give each crop its unique ideal irrigation volume. With accessible, affordable, and efficient technology, Arya believes that developing nations can leverage this solution to save trillions of gallons of water yearly.

ENMC072 — Implementation of Novel Semi-Supervised Machine Learning Model into Autonomous Irrigation Network Optimized for Power Self-Sufficiency


  • Arya Tschand, High Technology High School, NJ, United States of America


Shriya Reddy, 15, of Northville, Michigan, received the new Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, funded through Society for Science and the Public, for her novel, noninvasive approach for rapidly diagnosing melanoma lesions.

BMED046 — A Novel, Noninvasive Approach to Melanoma Diagnosis Using Optical Coherence Tomography and Bioconjugated Gold Nanoparticles

  • Shriya Reddy, Northville High School, MI, United States of America