Winners of the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at the NYSE

Siemens Foundation visits the NYSE to celebrate the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation.  The annual awards were presented on December 5, 2011 at The George Washington University. In honor of the occasion, Siemens Competition Grand Prize winners Angela Zhang and the team of Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain ring The Closing BellSM with Tom McCausland, Chairman of the Board, Siemens Foundation; Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President, Siemens Foundation; and Diane Tsukamaki, Director, National Recognition & Scholarship Programs, the College Board.

The Winning Projects

Angela Zhang won a $100,000 college scholarship for her project, Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells. In her project, Angela aimed to design a targeted gold and iron oxide-based nanoparticle with the potential to eradicate cancer stem cells through a controlled delivery of the drug salinomycin to the site of the tumor. The multifunctional nanoparticle combines therapy and imaging into a single platform, with the gold and iron-oxide components allowing for both MRI and Photoacoustic imaging.

 

Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain will share a $100,000 college scholarship for their bioengineering project, Using Kinect for Xbox 360 and Computer Vision to Analyze Human Gait, which uses gaming technology to analyze human walking patterns. An accurate understanding of a person's motion is important in prescribing treatment for those with injuries or ailments that affect movement, such as amputees or people with joint replacements. Their work could ultimately contribute to prosthesis design.

  

The Siemens Competition

Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. An all-time record of 2,436 students registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year for an unprecedented 1,541 projects submitted. Three hundred seventeen students were named semifinalists and 96 were named regional finalists, representing 21 states. Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities which host the regional competitions: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.

 

About the Siemens Foundation

Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. An all-time record of 2,436 students registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year for an unprecedented 1,541 projects submitted. Three hundred seventeen students were named semifinalists and 96 were named regional finalists, representing 21 states. Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities which host the regional competitions: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.