Teens take home science gold

A low-cost, self-driving vehicle; battery alternatives and analyses of galaxy clusters claim top prizes at a global high school science competition

By Sid Perkins, 20:55 PM May 17, 2013

Eesha Khare (left), Ionut Budisteanu (center) and Henry Wanjune Lin (right) claimed the top three prizes at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. Budisteanu’s work toward developing a self-driving car earned the 19-year-old Romanian inventor the $75,000 top prize. Credit: Intel/Chris Ayers

PHOENIX — Hate driving your car when you could be a passenger? A self-driving vehicle that one day could chauffer you around town brought its inventor, a 19-year-old Romanian computer scientist, the top prize — and $75,000 — this week at the world’s premier high school research competition.

Ionut Budisteanu of Liceul Tehnologic Oltchim in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, was the big winner at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Intel ISEF. He was one of three young re...

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