Special Awards presented to Finalists of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2002)

The Ambati family and winners of ISEF 2002


2002 "The Key to Innovation" LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY May 12-18, 2002
The 2002 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair


The Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty (AVASC) Foundation presented 8 awards at the 2002 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Louisville, Kentucky for projects displaying outstanding creativity, ingenuity with the potential to alleviate the human condition or marking a substantive advance in the scientific field.

Two first prize awards of a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond were awarded to:

Saujan Venkat Sivaram of Clear Brook High School, Friendswood, Texas for Study of Single Crystal Carbon Nanotubes for disproving an IBM research groupís contention that single crystals could be formed in nanotubes in very strong magnetic fields at high temperatures.
Tahir Ahmed of Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York for Molecular Modeling and the Identification of Functional Domains of a New Adhesive Molecule in Inflammatory Thrombosis for characterizing a newly found platelet receptor and its functions through a combination of molecular biological and biophysical techniques.


The 2nd prize awards of $500 U.S. Savings Bond were awarded to:
Neha Datta of Western Canada High School, Calgary, Canada for Tracking the Expansion of Neural Stem Cells in Suspension Bioreactors. She devised an apparatus to track the development of stem cells from the nervous system.
Antardeb Guharay of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia for Evolution of Nucleotide Skews and Chromosomal Inversions in Bacterial Genomes. He developed a computer algorithm to analyze and predict mutations in DNA.
Neha Atul Mehta of Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, New York for Activation by Light of Plasticity-associated Protein Calcium/Calmodulin-dependent Kinase II. She identified some of the molecular mechanisms mediating neural modification in tadpoles.
Chun Ghee Tan of Raffles Junior College, Singapore for Sharp Platinum-Iridium Tips for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. He developed more efficient probing tips for electron microscopy that could be fashioned without toxicity.
Ezra Jacob Rapoport of Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York for Pattern Detection in Quasi-periodic Waveforms: Application to Speech Compression. He developed a novel algorithm to optimize speech recognition technology.
Srushti Mukesh Shah & Shraddha Mangesh Teli of Vachha High School, Mumbai, India for Application of Eco-friendly Natural Dyes on Natural Fibres. They demonstrated the economic and ecologic superiority of natural dyes over synthetic ones.


This year, 1238 students from 38 countries who won local and national science fairs competed at the ISEF, which has been administered by Science Service since 1950.