I recently had the honor to speak with a group of young people that are both inspiring and inspired. They where attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles from May 14-19, 2017. I was invited to meet the students by one of their mentors Ken Lyons. Ken, who is a physicist, has been involved in Science fairs both in New Jersey and Nationally for over 25 years. He was kind enough to spend the morning with me, introducing me these incredible students and sharing with me the path they took to arrive at this prestigious event.

Each year, more than 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Approximately 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions—are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math. At the event, these young innovators share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than USD 4 million in awards and scholarships.

The Exhibit Hall for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)

The second student finalist I met was Neelay Trivedi, a Sophomore from Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren Township, New Jersey.

Before coming to ISEF, Neelay Neelay won the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) Finalist Grand Prize Award at the New Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) in 2017 held at the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  Neelay’s project actually won five awards in addition to winning Grand Prize.  First Place in Mathematics and Computer Science; First Place in ACM Computing Award; First Place Intel Computer Science Award; Innovation Award; and Statistics Award Honorable Mention.

His project was one of five selected at The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF for an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles In addition to the trip and opportunity to present at ISEF.

Neelay Trivedi Wow 5 ISEF Awards Including Finalist Grand Prize at New Jersey Regional Science Fair

About Neelay…Trivedi is the son of Nachiket and Dhruit Trivedi, and is the brother of his sister, Moha, who is in the seventh grade at Warren Middle School. Trivedi’s family lived in Bridgewater Township before moving to Warren in time for Neelay to attend fifth grade at ALT (Angelo L. Tomaso) School, and sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Warren Middle School.

Science, Mathematics and Engineering are a common theme in Neelay’s extracurricular activities at WHRHS. He is active in the Waksman Biology Club, the Science Competition, League and Bowl, the Math Team and Robotics. He is also on staff at the School Newspaper, Arrowhead.

About The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF
This is is a high school student science competition in which students, individually or in groups, present a wide variety of projects. Most of the projects are investigative in nature, posing and attempting to answer some question or problem, either through experimentation and design or in a theoretical sense. All areas of science, math, and engineering are included. The fair accepts entries from ten counties of northern New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.