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18-Year-Old Engineer Constructs Fuel-Efficient, Stable “Flying Wing” Aircraft Prototype

May 19, 2017
Amber Yang, Ivo Zell, and Valerio Pagliarino won the top awards at the Intel ISEF 2017. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC/CHRIS AYERS PHOTOGRAPHY.
Amber Yang, Ivo Zell, and Valerio Pagliarino won the top awards at the Intel ISEF 2017. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC/CHRIS AYERS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Ivo Zell of Hessen, Germany Wins US$75,000 Top Prize

at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

 

LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 – Ivo Zell, 18, of Hessen, Germany was awarded first place for designing and constructing a remote control prototype of a new “flying wing” aircraft at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 425 affiliate fairs in 78 countries, regions and territories.

Flying wings are inherently more efficient than traditional aircraft designs, but also less stable in flight because they have little or no fuselage or tail. Zell’s working prototype aircraft addresses this issue, using an unusual bell-shaped lift profile for improved stability and using telemetry to demonstrate its stability. The modified shape of Zell’s aircraft allows it to operate smoothly and safely in challenging flight situations without the need for a complex electronic stabilization system and without significantly sacrificing fuel efficiency. Potential applications range from drone delivery systems to larger aircraft design. Zell received the Gordon E. Moore Award of US$75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

Amber Yang, 18, of Windermere, Florida received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of US$50,000 for her innovative approach to predicting the locations of clouds of space debris that move in low Earth orbit. An estimated 500,000 space trash objects now pose a potential hazard for spacecraft. Yang adapted an algorithm to train her own artificial neural network to recognize space objects in a specific debris cloud and predict their future locations.

Valerio Pagliarino, 17, of Castelnuovo Calcea, Italy received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of US$50,000 for his prototype of a novel laser-based, wireless, high-speed network. Motivated by the lack of reliable Internet access in his rural locale, Pagliarino designed his new system using off-the-shelf components and then built and tested a small version of the network.

“Intel congratulates this year’s winners. Ivo Zell, Amber Yang, and Valerio Pagliarino and all of the participants inspire us with their talent and passion for changing the world,” said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel vice president of Corporate Affairs and president of the Intel Foundation. “As a diverse and inclusive group developing groundbreaking solutions to global challenges, these young people represent the next generation of innovators. We’re proud to support all of the finalists as they endeavor to improve the world around them.”

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 US$5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$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:

Category

First

Last

City

State/Country

Animal Sciences

Jessica

Young

Wellington

Florida

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Erin

Smith

Lenexa

Kansas

Biochemistry

Karina

Movsesian

Karlovy Vary

Czech Republic

Biomedical and Health Sciences

Daniel

Zhang

San Diego

California

Biomedical Engineering

Clara

Wagner

Saginaw

Michigan

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Davey

Huang

Honolulu

Hawaii

Chemistry

Kyle

Fridberg

Boulder

Colorado

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Prathik

Naidu

Potomac Falls

Virginia

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Adam

Nayak

Portland

Oregon

Embedded Systems

Valerio

Pagliarino

Castelnuovo Calcea

Italy

Energy: Chemical

Kendra

Zhang

Jericho

New York

Energy: Physical

Camille

Miles

Niceville

Florida

Engineering Mechanics

Ivo

Zell

Hessen

Germany

Environmental Engineering

Prashaant

Ranganathan

Jamshedpur

India

Materials Science

Nicky

Wojtania

Plano

Texas

Mathematics

Karthik

Yegnesh

Lansdale

Pennsylvania

Microbiology

Rahul

Subramaniam

Cos Cob

Connecticut

Physics and Astronomy

Amber

Yang

Windermere

Florida

Plant Sciences

Isabella

Bowland

Boulder

Colorado

Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Tassilo

Schwarz

Seeon

Germany

Systems Software

Michael

Lee

Manhasset

New York

Translational Medical Science

Jeremiah

Pate

Oro Valley

Arizona

 

 “The breakthrough ideas presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair by Ivo Zell, Amber Yang and Valerio Pagliarino truly have the capacity to change our world for the better,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “As our world grows increasingly complex, we need innovative, transformative ideas to identify new solutions to our world’s most intractable challenges. Congratulations to all our finalists as well as our top three winners on their extraordinary research projects.”

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair encourages millions of 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. 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 listed above.

A full listing of finalists is available in the event program. The 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 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 US$4 million was awarded.

 

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