The young Malaysian team representing the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013 in Phoenix, AZ has made a small dent in the universe, winning the 2nd Award of the United Airlines Foundation.
A Special Award Ceremony of the ISEF 2013 saw Nur Liyana Johari, 17, from Tuanku Syed Putra Secondary Science School, Perlis take the award and the US$5,000 prize money.
Nur Liyana discovered that palm oil can be extracted from byproducts of palm by utilising a catalyst. This process makes use of waste biomass and reduces methane gas emissions.
The top overall winners for Intel ISEF 2013 will be announced today at the Grand Awards Ceremony.
Let’s hope the young Malaysian Einstein’s capture the hearts of the judges and bring home more awards. Stay tuned for updates.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest high school science research competition. Every year in May, a group of students from all over the world are selected as finalists and offered an opportunity to compete for more than US$4 million in awards and scholarships.
United Airlines Foundation
For more than 60 years, the United Airlines Foundation has served as the charitable wing of United Airlines, Inc. The Foundation’s International Program grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives. In addition, we support community service grants for arts and culture, health and environmental initiatives.
First Place Award of $7,500
EE007 Modification in Aeroplane Wheels to Reduce Wear on the Tyre
Phillipe Robert Josef Renee Lothaller, 17, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Cape Town, South Africa
Second Award of $5,000
EM015 BIO-OIL: The Use of Specially Made Catalyst
Nur Liyana Johari, 17, Tuanku Syed Putra Secondary Science School, Kangar, Malaysia
Third Award of $2,500
ET316 DRT – Drag Reduction Technology
Herbert Gerhardter, 19, HTBLA Eisenstadt, Eisenstadt, Austria
David Josef Zefferer, 20, HTBLA Eisenstadt, Eisenstadt, Austria