Vancouver High School Student Wins Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Canadian Students Awarded Significant Prizes


  • Canadian students win a total of 14 awards; US$106,700 awarded to Canadian students.
  • Han Jie (Austin) Wang of Vancouver British Columbia received the Gordon E. Moore Award, a US$75,000 prize named in honor of the Intel co-founder.
  • Dennis Drewnik of Winnipeg, Manitoba wins Intel ISEF Best of Category Award in Plant Sciences.

PHOENIX, May 13, 2016 /CNW/ -  For the second year in a row, a Vancouver high school student was awarded first place at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is the world's largest high school science research competition.

Han Jie (Austin) Wang, 18, is the recipient of the first place Gordon E. Moore Award and US$75,000 for developing microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that more efficiently convert organic waste into electricity.

His win follows that of Raymond Wang, who won first place in 2015 for engineering a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission.

Canada had an excellent showing at this year's fair with eight students winning awards.

"Back-to-back wins showcase how competitive Canadians can be on a global scale," said Nancy Demerling, marketing manager, Intel Canada. "Intel believes that young people are the key to future innovation. Education in science, technology, engineering and math is a great foundation. Combine that with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and digital literacy and you have the capability to create amazing projects like these students have done."

Additional awards were presented to the following Canadian students:

  • Matteo Bomben (Richmond Hill, ON): Third Award of $1,000, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Rachel Brouwer (Bedford, NS): Second Award of $1,500, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Emily Cross (Thunder Bay, ON): Fourth Award of $500, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Marcus Deans (Windsor, ON): Fourth Award of $500, Environmental Engineering
  • Dennis Drewnik (Winnipeg, MB): Intel ISEF Best of Category Award of $5,000, Plant Sciences; First Award of $3,000, Plant Sciences; Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award $3,000
  • Daniel Mogilny (Richmond Hill, ON): Award of $5,000 for outstanding project in the systems software category., Oracle Academy; $1,500 Data Award, GoDaddy; Second Award of $1,500, Systems Software;
  • Han Jie (Austin) Wang (Vancouver): Award of $1,200, China Association for Science and Technology (CAST); Intel ISEF Best of Category Award of $5,000, Microbiology; First Award of $3,000, Microbiology

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, honors the world's most promising student scientists, inventors and engineers. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated on-site by approximately 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

The 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 419 affiliate fairs in 77 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 22 "Best of Category" winners, who each received a US$5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner's school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2016 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations. This year, approximately US$4 million was awarded.

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