This award is presented by the family of Krishnamurthy Soumyanath (1957 - 2010), for the best project in Computer Engineering. Dr K. Soumyanath was an Intel Fellow and held the title of Chief Architect, Integrated Platform Research at Intel Labs, USA. He led research and development in circuits and architectures for next-generation transceiver devices. The prize honors the memory of an energetic and adventurous individual who inspired and mentored many young people to excel in all aspects of life.
The family of K. Soumyanath instituted this award in 2012, to honor his contributions as an Intel Fellow, a computer scientist, and a mentor to young people. His interests extended beyond technology to art, music, world travel, sports and Tamil literature. As the foremost international forum for young scientists, Intel ISEF provides the ideal venue to honor his memory, recognizing talented young computer engineers, and encouraging them to enthusiastically pursue their aspirations, as he did.