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Date :2018-06-20

Saudis Win 7 Grand Awards and 5 Special Awards at Intel ISEF 2018

A New Milestone

 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attained a new triumph and an unprecedented achievement to be added to the national records, where the gifted of the Kingdom won 7 grand awards and 5 special awards in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2018 held in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Detailing this new national achievement in the contest attended by more than 1800 participants each year from more than 75 countries:

Student Faisal Bin Adil Aldossary won the second place in the category of Plant Sciences for his project: (Creating Two Novel Strigolactone (SL) Analogs (C-13 and C-26) for the Benefits of Combatting Parasitic Seed Infestation), and won two special awards granted by  Shanghai STEM Cloud Center.
Whereas the student Hisham Mohamed Almutairi won the third place for his project (Predicting the Hazardous Qualities of Compounds Based on NFPA 704 Labels Using Deep Learning for QSAR/QSPR Modeling), and won a special award presented by King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba).

Student Tala Fahad Abulnaja won the third place for her project (Improving Communication for the Visually Impaired through an Innovative Arabic Writing System), and won a special award granted by the American Physiological Society.

Student Nora Fahad Al-Omary won the fourth place award for her scientific project (An Innovative Design of Enhanced-Performance Solar Panels Using Heat Pipe and Thermoelectric Generator), and won a special prize awarded by Carnegie Mellon University.

Student Yousuf Badr Al-Hammadi won the fourth place award for his project: (Towards Engine Downsizing: Examining the Effect of Injection Strategies and Novel AC Ion Sensor on Preignition Tendency of Spark-Ignited Engines).

Student Razan Ahmed Al-Musaad won the fourth place for her project: (Reducing the Environmental Impact of Organic Dyes in Industrial Wastewater Using Modified Graphene-BiOBr Photocatalysts).

Student Hasan Ahmed Al-Khunaizi won the fourth place for his scientific project (Determining the Ignition Characteristics of GCI Blend for Gasoline Compression Ignition Engines Using Chemical Kinetics) in the category of Engineering Mechanics (ENMC).

The Kingdom ,represented by King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and the Ministry of Education, participated in Intel ISEF 2018 with 17 scientific projects presented by 17 students (8 males and 9 females) in different fields of science and engineering.

This achievement comes in confirmation of the efforts exerted through the strategic partnership between Mawhiba and the Ministry of Education in fostering the talent of the gifted with an outcome of  advanced positions topped by the Kingdom in the world competitions.

This is the twelfth participation of the Kingdom, where the Saudi gifted won 54 awards (36 grand awards and 18 special awards) in last participations.

On this occasion, the Secretary General of Mawhiba Dr. Saud Bin Saeed Al-Mathami expressed his thanks to King Salman and Crown Price Mohamed Bin Salman for supporting the gifted and creative at all levels and for what the state offers to King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) of care and attention which intensely affects the deepening of passion of the gifted to science, research and creativity, and preparing them to win in regional and international competitions and worthily  representing the Kingdom.

This support, according to the Secretary General, added to the achievements record of the Kingdom and went along with the success featuring the progress of King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity as reflected in its contribution to the attainment of Saudi Vision 2030 goals by making education in the Kingdom between 2020 and 2030 of the best quality at the global level.

His Excellency congratulated the winning students and their families and all those who supported them. He said: "you entered happiness and pride in the hearts of all of us, specially your families, teachers, coaches and the staff of the Ministry of Education and Mawhiba who spared no effort to qualify you and prepare a suitable environment for you to attain success".

Inspiring  all the gifted to press ahead with this distinction and creativity to place the Kingdom on the level of advanced counties, praising the potentials of our students as evidenced by their ongoing success and excellence. This will contribute to the building of prospective  creative capabilities of a country which appreciates knowledge and those who produce and enrich it for serving humanity.

It is worth mentioning that King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity granted, in this year, big prizes amounting USD 90,000 in 4 new research fields for the attainment of prospective world sustainability.

The scientific fields of the awards are: modern technology for solving contemporary problems, innovative treatment strategies in health applications, sustainable initiatives in water technologies, smart solutions in Cybersecurity. In these fields, 10 scientific researches were awarded 10 prizes of USD 1,000 each, in addition to 4 scholarships of USD 20,000 each.