Indian American school student Naveen Neil Sinha was one of the 10 winners of the 2003 Intel Science Talent Search here.
Sinha, who came fifth, was given a scholarship of $25,000 for his project titled "Bubble-based Resonance-Doppler Technique of Liquid Characterisation". Sinha, 18, is a student of the Los Alamos High School, New Mexico.
The Intel Science Talent Search is often considered the junior Nobel Prize. Projects among this year's winners include identifying factors that contribute to the increase in cockroach allergy-induced asthma observed in inner city areas and a study that discovered a previously unidentified plateau on Venus that could lead to better understanding of the planet's
For his award-winning project, Sinha combined passive listening and ultrasonic Doppler measurements to study bubble formation and growth, detachment and resonance, rise to terminal velocity and size, said an Intel release.
Sinha believes his technique will support development of inexpensive liquid characterisation sensors for use in quality and process control in a variety of industries.
Sinha was a member of the Science Olympiad team and debate team in his school.
In 2002, he received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and attended the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm.
A member of the Acoustical Society of America, Sinha holds a patent on a
process using ultrasound to detect materials on metal surfaces. He plans a research career in applied physics.
The remaining 30 finalists received a $5,000 scholarship and all students received a high-performance computer.
Winners were selected based on their research ability, scientific originality, creative thinking and ability to apply science to the world around them.
Over the past 62 years, award alumni have been recipients of the world's most coveted science and math honours including five Nobel Prizes.