Pakistan have everything, our youth is innovative, creative and can compete with anybody in the world. We are glad to give you guys the news that Ambreen Bibi and Mehwish Ghafoor of Islamabad, Pakistan, won a Third Place Grand Award in the field of Environmental Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. They received the award and $1,000 for developing a treatment that utilizes nanotechnology to make polluted water drinkable.

Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff from Lafayette, Calif. were awarded the top prize. They received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO, for developing a potentially more effective and less expensive cancer treatment that places tin metal near a tumor before radiation therapy.

Taylor Wilson from Reno, Nevada was named an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award winner and received $50,000. Taylor developed one of the lowest dose and highest sensitivity interrogation systems for countering nuclear terrorism.

The team of Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon from Thailand also received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. This team determined that a gelatin found in fish scales could be successfully used in modern day food packaging – an invention that could have positive, long-term effects for the environment. Naveed Siraj who is the country manager of Intel Pakistan said that:

We champion the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that math and science are imperative for innovation. This global competition features youth trying to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through science.

This year, more than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition. They were selected from 443 affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories, including for the first time France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China. In addition to the winners mentioned above, more than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Awards included 17 “Best of Category” winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated fair they represent. Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950.

Elizabeth Marincola who is the President of Society for Science & the Public said:

We congratulate the top winners for having the drive and curiosity to tackle these significant scientific questions. Their work, and the work of all of the finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, demonstrates what students can accomplish when they are inspired to pursue inquiry-based research.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists are evaluated onsite by hundreds of judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines. A full listing of finalists is available at The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2011 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations.

We would like to congratulate the winners from Pakistan and We are proud to be a Pakistani. We are very thankful to Intel Pakistan for providing us the details. You can check more details on our Facebook fan page and twitter as well.