May 20, 2013

Alcoa Foundation Presents Sustainability Awards to Young Talent at Intel ISEF 2013 Special Awards Ceremony

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation announced six winners in two award categories, Power Economy and Using Metals, at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition showcasing more than 1,600 leading young scientists’ independent research projects. The winning students split $10,000 from Alcoa Foundation for their impressive innovations regarding sustainable electric power savings or use of metals.

The Power Economy Awards went to students who show innovative, sustainable electric power savings or effective management.

  • 1st award – Third World Power: Using a Joule Thief to Extend Battery Life

    • Andrew Jerald Miller, 17, Rio Grande Enrichment Studies, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • 2nd award – Technology of DC Supply in Families

    • Shuailin Lu, 16, Peiwen Liu, 16, and Yutong Liu, 16, North East Yucai School, Shenyang, China

  • 3rd award – Large Scale Renewable Energy Uninterruptable Power System

    • Cristian Omar Rivera, 16, Colegio Radians, Inc., Cayey, Puerto Rico


“Alcoa Foundation congratulates this year’s award winners that demonstrated how we can improve the environment through energy and product innovations,” stated Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “We are proud to support the Intel ISEF competition and also salute the many volunteers and judges who provide inspirational role models for the next generation of leaders in science and technology.”

The recipients of the Using Metals Awards developed projects that best demonstrate innovative, sustainable use of metals, focusing on but not limited to aluminum.

  • 1st award – AluGlass: New Thermostable Material for Electrical Engineering

    • Tsimafei Malakhouski, 16, Public Educational Institution "Soligorsk Gymnasium #2," Soligorsk, Belarus

  • 2nd award – Let There Be Light!...Fully Solution-Processed Polymer Based Aluminum Substrate Photovoltaic Cells Fabricated in Ambient Air

    • Faizullah Mashriqi, 17, Francis Lewis High School, Fresh Meadows, New York

  • 3rd award – Ablation Resistance and Performance of Metals in Magnetoplasmadynamic Applications

    • Andres Christian Artze, 18, and Michael Douglas Sherburne, 18, James W. Robinson Junior Secondary School, Fairfax, Virginia


The two awards are aligned with Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s focus on improving the environment and preparing individuals for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and manufacturing.

Alcoa is continuously looking to support the improvement of power usage, and at the same time, leading technological developments that greatly impact other industries. The company is implementing an energy reduction initiative to decrease energy use in its Global Primary Products division by 10 percent and its other businesses by 20 percent by 2020. In addition, Alcoa is a key player in the development of metal alloys for very diverse applications and innovations that provide a skeleton for all the major industries, like construction, transportation, consumer goods, electronics, communications and packaging.

In addition to the awards named in Phoenix, the Alcoa Foundation provided support for the Intel ISEF 2013 “Education Outreach Day” held on May 16 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Alcoa support helped enable more than 4,000 local schoolchildren and teachers to attend and spend the day interacting with the world’s top young high school scientists as well as to participate in hands-on STEM activities.

Alcoa’s support is part of an overall three-year partnership and $75,000 grant to the Society of Science & the Public, to support Intel ISEF awards and Education Outreach Day annually in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest pre-college science competition, and includes high school students from more than 70 countries, regions and territories. Each year, the finalists showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $4 million in awards. The Intel ISEF encourages millions of students worldwide to explore their passion for innovation and develop solutions for global challenges.

In addition to presenting their research on a global stage, finalists are judged by and interact with doctoral level scientists as they compete for prizes. Each year, more than 400 finalists receive awards and prizes for their groundbreaking research.

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950. In 1958, the competition became international for the first time when Japan, Canada and Germany joined. This year’s first time participating countries and regions include Bulgaria, Iraq Republic, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.