Following a week-long celebration of science at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top award winners for 2013.
Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania, received top honors with the Gordon E. Moore Award and a USD 75,000 prize. Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California, and Henry Wanjune Lin, 17, of Shreveport, Louisiana, each received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a USD 50,000 scholarship.
In addition, more than 400 Intel ISEF competitors received scholarships and prizes for innovative research presented at the competition. This included 17 "Best of Category" winners, as well as grants to the winners' schools and their Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs. Intel ISEF awards included more than USD 4 million in scholarships and prizes.
With the rapid adoption of portable electronics, Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California, recognized the crucial need for energy-efficient storage devices. She developed a tiny device that fits inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to fully charge within 20-30 seconds. Eesha's invention also has potential applications for car batteries.
Khare's inspiration for her design came about through frustration of constantly finding her cell phone battery dead. In addition to fully charging a standard phone battery in just 20 to 30 seconds, it also has a much longer useful life offering 10,000 charge/recharge cycles instead of the 1,000 currently available.
The award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, which Khare may use for college; and she plans to continue her research on the supercapacitor with the ultimate goal of replacing her cell phone battery. Her device is flexible and would also be useful for powering a variety of other devices.
Source and top image: Intel