Overseas Trips
12th May 2014

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014, Los Angeles

Vanessa Tan Yun Han from 14Y6C36 has done our Nation and Dunman High School proud by being the first Dunmanian ever to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California, USA from 11 to 16 May 2014.

Vanessa achieved the 4th award in her category, Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering for her work. Under the mentorship of Mr Chin Zheng Yang from the Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, she designed and develop a brain controlled prosthetic hand to eventually restore hand grasp functions to tetraplegic patients.

The keynote speaker for the Intel ISEF opening ceremony, Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of the Not Impossible Labs, an organisation that develops creative solutions to real-world problems, then produces media to ensure those solutions take flight. His message to all participants is for everyone to always bear this motto in mind ‘If not now, when? If not me, who?’.

The participants were also treated to other avenues of fun too. They were given full access to various tourist sites where she could let her hair down and enjoy. These sites were the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, and Club Nokia in LA Live. At her own time, Vanessa also visited the California Institute of Technology where notable Physicists Robert Andrew Millikan and Richard Feynman from.

Vanessa took pride in pursuing an uncommon field of brain-computer interface research, and took pleasure interacting with participants from other countries to discover new cultures and presentation techniques uncommon in Singapore.

Through scientific research, Vanessa’s work seeks to serve, care and lead in the area of science to benefit others. Congratulations Vanessa! The teachers and friends are proud of you!

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, in Los Angeles, California, USA (www.societyforscience.org/). The Intel ISEF showcases the independent research work from approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories to solve existing Science and Engineering problems.

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