Krithik Ramesh of Greenwood Village, Colorado, Wins $75,000 Top Prize

at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Krithik Ramesh, 16, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, was awarded first

place for developing a machine learning technology for orthopedic

surgeons at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

(ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel ISEF is the

world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The

competition featured over 1,800 young scientists selected from 423

affiliate fairs in more than 80 countries, regions and territories.

Using machine learning and computer vision, the project helps orthopedic

surgeons achieve greater accuracy for screw placement during spinal

surgery. Based on Ramesh’s tests, this method has the potential to

decrease operating time by at least 30 minutes, reduce physical therapy

recovery time by four weeks and diminish the negative side effects

associated with traditional medical imaging. Ramesh received the $75,000

Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow


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Allison Jia, 17, of San Jose, California, received one of two Intel

Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for her investigation into

toxic tau protein aggregates, which spread in neurons in the human brain

and are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Rachel Seevers, 17, of Lexington, Kentucky, received the other Intel

Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for designing, building and

testing a rigid, energy-efficient prototype of an underwater propulsion

device that mimics the way jellyfish move through the water. This could

allow for greater access to the world’s unexplored oceans.

Shriya Reddy, 15, of Northville, Michigan, received the newly announced

$10,000 Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, funded through Society

for Science and the Public, for her novel, noninvasive approach for

rapidly diagnosing melanoma lesions.

“Intel is proud to honor Krithik Ramesh, Rachel Seevers, Allison Jia,

Shriya Reddy and all of the ISEF finalists on their innovative work,

which is helping to advance key research areas and provide solutions to

global challenges that are critical today. The work they are doing has

the potential to make a better tomorrow for all of us,” said Pia

Wilson-Body, president of the Intel Foundation. “And I would be remiss

if I didn’t highlight the communities of support surrounding these

students every day: parents, teachers, mentors, administrators,

supporters and organizations like SSP who provide opportunities for

students to engage and explore the world of STEM, and ultimately reach

their full potential.”

In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received

awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 22 “Best of

Category” winners, who each received a $5,000 prize in addition to their

$3,000 first-place award. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000

grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the 22 Best of Category winners, from which the

top three were chosen:








Animal Sciences


Dylan Bagnall and Richard Beattie





Behavioral and Social Sciences


Giovanni Santucci




New York



Annika Morgan





Biomedical and Health Sciences


Shriya Reddy





Biomedical Engineering


Krithik Ramesh


Greenwood Village



Cellular and Molecular Biology


Allison Jia


San Jose





Helena Jiang





Computational Biology and Bioinformatics


Jason Ping




New Jersey

Earth and Environmental Sciences


Katie Lu





Embedded Systems


Max von Wolff





Energy: Chemical


Shicheng Hu





Energy: Physical


Joonyoung Lee and Mincheol Park




South Korea

Engineering Mechanics


Rachel Seevers





Environmental Engineering


Adyant Shankar




New Hampshire

Materials Science


Adrien Jathe







AnaMaria Perez




New Mexico



Poojan Pandya and Leo Takemaru


Dix Hills and East Setauket


New York

Physics and Astronomy


Kaylie Hausknecht




New York

Plant Sciences


Amara Ifeji





Robotics and Intelligent Machines


Kevin Meng





Systems Software


Adam Kelly





Translational Medical Science


Hannah Herbst


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“The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s

most powerful STEM talent pipeline and I am inspired by all of the

ingenuity on display this week,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of

Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News.

“Congratulations to our winners and all our finalists who are

demonstrating that world-changing ideas can come from anywhere in the


The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair provides

opportunities for students to explore their passion for developing

innovations that improve the way we work and live. All finalists are

selected by an affiliated, local competition and receive an

all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science and

Engineering Fair in Phoenix. At the competition, finalists are judged by

hundreds of science, engineering and industry professionals who have a

Ph.D. or equivalent (six years of related professional experience) or

are senior graduate students with doctoral-level research in one of the

22 scientific disciplines above.

A full listing of finalists is available in the event

program. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019

is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional

support from dozens of corporate, academic, government and

science-focused sponsors. This year, approximately $5 million was


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Alexa Korkos

Intel Corporation


Gayle Kansagor

Society for Science & the Public


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WPP for Intel Corporation