Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)

The SEM Educational Foundation participates in the Intel ISEF as one means to fulfill its mission to provide financial support for a variety of educational activities important to the development of the field of experimental mechanicsĀ. We hope that our participation will encourage students to continue their education in engineering and lead them to productive and exciting careers.

All presentations submitted to the event are culled and reviewed by SEM judges to determine if they are related to the field of Experimental Mechanics. Of the EM related presentations, the ranking of 1, 2 and 3 is determined by the SEM judges. A certificate and cash prize is presented to the top three winners.

1st Award - $2,500
2nd Award - $1,500
3rd Award - $1,000
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2017 Recipients

First Award - $2,500
The student combined silicone rubber and graphene nanoflakes to develop a low cost, high sensitivity motion sensor for seismic events. Load-deformation testing was performed to find the optimum rubber-graphene ratio.
Isaac Jordan, 17, Animas High School, Durango, CO
MATS045 - A Novel Approach for Sensing Seismic Events: Applications of Graphene Nanoflake Powder Composites (See Student Video)

Second Award - $1,500
The student wanted to create better body armor by testing different weave patterns of Kevlar. Ballistic testing was performed using a bb gun. Performance was enhanced with the addition of shear thickening fluid to the weave. The hexagonal weave was found to be better than the square weave.
Lucas Carey Lynn, 18, Wetumpka High School, Wetumka, AL
MATS073 - Shear Radial Strength: Combining Web Geometry with Shear Thickening Fluids to Create a Better Body Armor (See Student Video)

Third Award - $1,000
The student developed a bone-bioglass material for medical implants. Tensile strength and biocompatibility were determined through testing.
Aditi Bawa, 19, Loudoun County High School, Leesburg, VA
MATS038 - Development and Testing of 45S5 Bioglass via Acid and Base Sol-Gel Polymerization and Fusing onto Gallus gallus domesticus Cervical Bones for Bone Grafting Treatment (See Student Video)

2016 Recipients

First Award - $2,500
Danika Louw, 16 , Holy Spirit Catholic High School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
ENMC012 - Highly Effective Hybrids (See Student Video)

Second Award - $1,500
Clara Elizabeth Wagner, 17 , Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, Michigan
ENBM068 - Investigating Shear Thickening Fluid Applications to Decrease Linear and Rotational Mean Peak Acceleration as Measured by Dual Axis Accelerometers in Hockey Headgear and a Hybrid 3 Head Form (See Student Video)

Third Award - $1,000
Nicholas Rocco Bracci, 16 , The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas
MATS019 - Bio-Engineered Concrete: A Sustainable Self-Healing Material (See Student Video)