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SPIE participates in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

04 June 2009

Left to right: William Newberry, Thomas Nesch, and Sujay Tyle

SPIE participated in the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Reno, Nevada, awarding prizes to three outstanding individuals and teams.

Each year, over 70 organizations representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines affiliate with the Intel ISEF as Special Awards Organizations. These governmental, industrial, and educational institutions present grants, scholarships, internships, and scientific field trips to finalists at affiliated fairs and at the Intel ISEF. SPIE is proud to be one of these sponsors.

Over 1,500 students from 56 countries competed for over $4 million in scholarships and prizes at the 59th Intel ISEF. SPIE supports Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs to help inform students about the educational and career possibilities in the exciting and growing field of optical engineering.

SPIE presented these awards for the best projects in the area of Optics and Photonics Engineering

  • 1st place, $2500: Sujay Tyle, from Pittsford Mendon High School for his/her project on A Novel Method to Determine the Mechanism behind DNA-DNA Interactions Using Optical Tweezers
  • 2nd place, $1500: William C. Newberry, from Greenwich High School for his project on Laser Induced Microfluidic Motion of a Liquid-Liquid Interface
  • 3rd place, $1000: Thomas Nesch from Technische Oberschule Stuttgart (Germany) for his project on Sensor to Detect Liquids

In 2008, SPIE provided $1.9 million for scholarships, grants, and other activities supporting research and education around the world.

See the full list of winners and sponsors (PDF)