Student from Northern Ireland scoops one of the top special awards at Intel ISEF 2013

  • Myles Mitchell, from Limavady Co. Down, who represented Northern Ireland, received 2 special awards at this year’s Intel ISEF.
  • Myles received prizes from the Acoustical Society of America and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for his project entitled “Misbehaving Waves – The Surreal Thing”.
  • ISEF 2013 was attended by over 1,600 student finalists from 70 different countries.

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Myles Mitchell, from Limavady Co. Down, who represented Northern Ireland, received 2 special awards at this year’s Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) for his project entitled “Misbehaving Waves – The Surreal Thing”. As part of his project Myles tested and demonstrated, using recently published research material, how Helmholtz Resonators could be used to focus sound in the audible range (around 400 Hz) beyond the diffraction limit. Myles refined the model using arrays of empty drink cans. Myles received a first prize from the Acoustical Society of America worth $2,250 and a second prize from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists worth $1,000.  

Ireland was represented by 3 student finalists at Intel ISEF which was held last week in Phoenix, Arizona. Each student finalist was a winner from the 3 national science fairs held in Ireland namely the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Scifest and the Sentinus Young Innovators Competition.

Last week’s ISEF event, which is the world’s largest high school science research competition, was attended by over 1,600 student finalists from 70 different countries. Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania was awarded first place, a $75,000 award, for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair honors some of the world’s most promising, rising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of 6 years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

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Myles is pictured with his project at Intel ISEF 2013

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