George School Student Named Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist for Alternative Energy Research
Friday, January 18, 2008
George School senior Kenny Kao has been named a semifinalist in the 67th Annual Intel Science Talent Search, known as the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition. Kenny is one of 300 seniors selected from among 1,602 entrants to receive this honor, which recognizes outstanding scientific research.
Kenny entered the competition with research entitled "Nanoparticle Enhancement of PEM Fuel Cells." PEM fuel cells, an emerging technology, are considered to have great potential as a clean, efficient future energy source. Also known as polymer electrolyte membrane or proton exchange membrane fuel cells, they have the potential to be used in passenger vehicles. PEM fuel cells use hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air to produce electricity.
"We are delighted that Kenny has received this honor," said Head of School Nancy Starmer. "As the head of a school that is committed to environmental sustainability, I think it is particularly exciting that Kenny has achieved this recognition by researching an alternative energy source."
Contest entrants represented 504 high schools in 45 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and two overseas schools. As a semifinalist, Kenny will receive a $1,000 award. As one of the 194 schools represented by the semifinalists, George School will also receive a $1,000 award.
Forty finalists will be chosen from among the semifinalists and announced on January 30, 2008.