16-Year-Old Engineer Works to Improve Spinal Surgery Using Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Krithik Ramesh of Greenwood Village, Colorado, Wins $75,000 Top Prize
at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Krithik Ramesh, 16, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, was awarded first
place for developing a machine learning technology for orthopedic
surgeons at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
(ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel ISEF is the
world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The
competition featured over 1,800 young scientists selected from 423
affiliate fairs in more than 80 countries, regions and territories.

Using machine learning and computer vision, the project helps orthopedic
surgeons achieve greater accuracy for screw placement during spinal
surgery. Based on Ramesh’s tests, this method has the potential to
decrease operating time by at least 30 minutes, reduce physical therapy
recovery time by four weeks and diminish the negative side effects
associated with traditional medical imaging. Ramesh received the $75,000
Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow

Press Kit: Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair 2019: Inspiring the Next
Generation of Innovators

Allison Jia, 17, of San Jose, California, received one of two Intel
Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for her investigation into
toxic tau protein aggregates, which spread in neurons in the human brain
and are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Rachel Seevers, 17, of Lexington, Kentucky, received the other Intel
Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for designing, building and
testing a rigid, energy-efficient prototype of an underwater propulsion
device that mimics the way jellyfish move through the water. This could
allow for greater access to the world’s unexplored oceans.

Shriya Reddy, 15, of Northville, Michigan, received the newly announced
$10,000 Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, funded through Society
for Science and the Public, for her novel, noninvasive approach for
rapidly diagnosing melanoma lesions.

Intel is proud to honor Krithik Ramesh, Rachel Seevers, Allison Jia,
Shriya Reddy and all of the ISEF finalists on their innovative work,
which is helping to advance key research areas and provide solutions to
global challenges that are critical today. The work they are doing has
the potential to make a better tomorrow for all of us,” said Pia
Wilson-Body, president of the Intel Foundation. “And I would be remiss
if I didn’t highlight the communities of support surrounding these
students every day: parents, teachers, mentors, administrators,
supporters and organizations like SSP who provide opportunities for
students to engage and explore the world of STEM, and ultimately reach
their full potential.”

In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received
awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 22 “Best of
Category” winners, who each received a $5,000 prize in addition to their
$3,000 first-place award. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000
grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the 22 Best of Category winners, from which the
top three were chosen:

Category   Name   City   State/Country
Animal Sciences   Dylan Bagnall and Richard Beattie   Dublin   Ireland
Behavioral and Social Sciences   Giovanni Santucci   Ossining   New York
Biochemistry   Annika Morgan   Redding   Connecticut
Biomedical and Health Sciences   Shriya Reddy   Northville   Michigan
Biomedical Engineering   Krithik Ramesh   Greenwood Village   Colorado
Cellular and Molecular Biology   Allison Jia   San Jose   California
Chemistry   Helena Jiang   Gainesville   Florida
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics   Jason Ping   Hackensack   New Jersey
Earth and Environmental Sciences   Katie Lu   Springfield   Missouri
Embedded Systems   Max von Wolff   Mayen   Germany
Energy: Chemical   Shicheng Hu   Shanghai   China
Energy: Physical   Joonyoung Lee and Mincheol Park   Busan   South Korea
Engineering Mechanics   Rachel Seevers   Lexington   Kentucky
Environmental Engineering   Adyant Shankar   Nashua   New Hampshire
Materials Science   Adrien Jathe   Frankfurt   Germany
Mathematics   AnaMaria Perez   Albuquerque   New Mexico
Microbiology   Poojan Pandya and Leo Takemaru   Dix Hills and East Setauket   New York
Physics and Astronomy   Kaylie Hausknecht   Lynbrook   New York
Plant Sciences   Amara Ifeji   Bangor   Maine
Robotics and Intelligent Machines   Kevin Meng   Plano   Texas
Systems Software   Adam Kelly   Dublin   Ireland
Translational Medical Science   Hannah Herbst   Boca Raton   Florida

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s
most powerful STEM talent pipeline and I am inspired by all of the
ingenuity on display this week,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of
Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News.
Congratulations to our winners and all our finalists who are
demonstrating that world-changing ideas can come from anywhere in the

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair provides
opportunities for students to explore their passion for developing
innovations that improve the way we work and live. All finalists are
selected by an affiliated, local competition and receive an
all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair in Phoenix. At the competition, finalists are judged by
hundreds of science, engineering and industry professionals who have a
Ph.D. or equivalent (six years of related professional experience) or
are senior graduate students with doctoral-level research in one of the
22 scientific disciplines above.

A full listing of finalists is available in the event
. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019
is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional
support from dozens of corporate, academic, government and
science-focused sponsors. This year, approximately $5 million was

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Alexa Korkos
Intel Corporation

Gayle Kansagor
Society for Science & the Public

Mills Forni
WPP for Intel Corporation