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Aksal Vashi, Intel Science & Engineering finalist

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September 2014
Aksal Vashi, Intel Science & Engineering finalist

Aksal Vashi, 16, a rising senior at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia, participated in the week-long Intel International Science & Engineering Fair 2014 in Los Angeles. In science fairs from the eighth grade, he has advanced from school fairs to regional, state, and national. Projects are different each year unless significant modifications are made. His project, with Fernando Cruz, is “Fruit Waste Based Ammonia-Biosorptive Permeable Barriers,” offering a solution to runoff pollution.

After winning the Environmental Management Category award and being in the top 10 overall projects at the Georgia fair, he was one of the few to go on to International, where he was a finalist, competing against 1,600 others. Students shared ideas, showcased cutting-edge research, and competed for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships, facing judges from academia, business, and even farming.


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