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IESL JIY WINNERS WIN TOP MULTIPLE AWARDS at Intel ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

22 May 2014 11:03 AM | IESL (Administrator)

IESL JIY winners win top multiple awards at Intel international Science and Engineering fair in USA

by Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 

The winners of  the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) Junior Inventor  of the Year (JIY) competition 2013, Namal Udara Piyasiri & Nipun Kavishka Silva have done Motherlanka proud by winning  several top awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (ISEF), in Los Angeles, California.


Namal Udara Piyasiri, a product of Thambuttegama Central College, has won the Second Award of  US$1,500 in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category by the Society for Science and the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation  for his project " Versatile Field Construction Machine for Paddy Cultivation",  a device that can carry out soil preparation and harvesting in addition to the standard functions such as plowing,  harrowing, leveling of soil,.


Nipun Kavishka Silva, a product of De Mazenod College, Kandana, has won the Fourth Award of US$500 for his project "Artificial Intelligence Sense for the Blind to Play Video Games using Their Tongue",  a device that allows persons with disabilities to Play Video Games using Their Tongue, in the Computer Science category at the above competition.


According to Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, the Vice President of the IESL who was in Los Angeles, California with the Sri Lankan contingent,  Namal’s project has also won two special awards, at the Special Awards Ceremony.  He has received a  First Award of US$1,000  cash award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association. U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Namal another US$10,000 cash award.


Over 1,700 high school students from 65 countries had participated in this year's Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition, from May 11 -16 in Los Angeles, CA. They had competed for awards and scholarships worth nearly four million US Dollars.


The contingent  including Namal & Nipuna,  received a rousing welcome on their arrival at the Katunayake Airport on May 19 morning & H.E. the President   felicitated the students, at the Presidential Secretariat.

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