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

Ivo Zell of Lorch, Germany Wins US$75,000 Top Prize at Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ivo Zell, 18, of Lorch, 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.

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International Science and Engineering Fair: Empowering Next-Generation

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   Lorch   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

A full listing of finalists is available in the event
. 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

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