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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Intel ISEF

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The Alumni Panelists shared their experiences, expertise, and advice with an eager crowd at Intel ISEF 2015.

Photos courtesy of Laura Shaposhnikova

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was in full swing. Pittsburgh had graciously welcomed more than 1,700 finalists to the largest high school international science fair. 

Our Intel ISEF finalists did not fail to awe us with their high-quality research. Along with the chance to present their research and win nearly $4 million in awards, we wanted to provide inspiration to these students, so we invited alumni from previous ISEF's to share their various experiences and motivate our finalists to continue on their path to success.

Bob Wisner, a 1958-1959 alumnus of ISEF's early forerunner, the National Science Fair,  opened the panel. Bob began his science fair career as a 7th grade teeny-bopper. His accomplishments were far from teeny, however- Bob's research and product development went on to produce 15 patents in the laser electronics field. 

Alumni panelists Shantanu Gaur (Intel ISEF 2003, 2004), Laura Herlant (Intel ISEF 2008), and Vincent Howard (Intel ISEF 2003) shared a laugh with the audience while discussing how Intel ISEF helped lead them to their illustrious career paths. 

Finalists were enocuraged to line up to ask their many future-focused questions.

Throughout the room, finalists were eagerly taking notes from our panel of witty, successful alumni. We can't wait to see what these amazing 2015 finalists have in store in the future!

Alumni participating in the panel included:

  • Shantanu Gaur (Intel ISEF 2003-2004), founder of Allurion Technologies and Aegis Women's Health Technologies
  • Laura Herlant (Intel ISEF 2008), PhD candidate and robotics researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Vincent Howard (Intel ISEF 2003), PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and mechanical engineer for NASA/TASC
  • Cecilia Lo (STS 1971), professor and chair of the Department of Developmental Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Crystal Morrison (ISEF 1994), technology manager of the Corporate Science and Technology Group at PPG Industries
  • Ryan Patterson (Intel ISEF 1999-2001, Intel STS 2002), senior electrical and computer engineer at Galvanic Engineering
  • Bob Wisner (National Science Fair, 1958-1959 & STS 1960 Honors Group), now an electrical engineering consultant and director of the Connecticut Science Fair

Are you an SSP education program alumni? Please reconnect with us, we would love to hear how you are doing. 

12:36pm, May 26, 2015

Carolyn Carson, SSP’s new Alumni Coordinator, is occasionally given the opportunity to do some seriously cool things.

11:38am, May 21, 2015

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.

You are eligible to apply if:

11:22am, May 15, 2015

Raymond Wang, 17, of Canada was awarded first place for engineering a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

9:19pm, May 14, 2015

This year, more than 1,700 finalists competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

7:49pm, May 14, 2015

By Laura Shaposhnikova

After an exhausting day of judging, Intel ISEF finalists were invited to enjoy themselves at the Pittsburgh Welcome Mixer. 

For one night, the Carnegie Science Center, SportsWorks, and Heinz Field were open exlusively to Intel ISEF participants. 

3:32pm, May 12, 2015

Dozens of Intel ISEF participants came to Sparkfun Electronic's symposia today and learned how to program an  Arduino Sparkfun BadgerStick. 

2:20pm, May 11, 2015

Last night, 24 students from 16 nations from near and far joined together for Broadcom MASTERS International to experience a week of science fun and adventure in Pittsburgh. 

5:07pm, May 10, 2015
one of two finalist halls for 2015

Intel ISEF 2015 is just getting started.  Scroll through this photo-blog to see registration in full swing and finalists starting to set up their projects. Some have explored the Intel quad (it's so cool!) and lounge and others are preparing their country signs for the opening ceremony. 

10:07pm, May 9, 2015

We're getting geared up for Intel ISEF 2015! Check out some behind the scenes shots in our pre-event photo blog:

9:48am, May 4, 2015

 With Broadcom MASTERS International just around the corner, we asked last year’s delegates how their week in Los Angeles affected them. This year, the program will be run in Pittsburgh, where the excitement for science will really be brought to life!

Shai Grizek, 2014 delegate from Beer Sheva, Israel told us that he knows he wants to pursue a career in science.  Broadcom MASTERS International was an amazing experience for Shai, an experience that certainly solidified his drive and passion for STEM.

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