UK student wins a bevy of engineering awards

James Popper at the UK National Science & Engineering Competition
A Swindon based student has won a bevy of awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, California.

National Science & Engineering Competition prize winner, James Popper, who attended Marlborough College, won multiple awards, including;
• Intel ISEF Best of Category award for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering worth $3000 plus a $5000 scholarship with a $1000 grant to his school
• An invitation to the prestigious 'Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar', an event where 25 of the world's best young Scientists and Engineers meet during the Nobel Prize Ceremonies
• The US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation Presidents' Scholarship worth $10,000 over four years to a college of choice
• First place in the US Government Patent and Trademark Office Society award worth $2000 and Runner-up in The International Society for Optical Engineering award worth $1500
• Winner of a United Technologies Corporation Prize of $2000 worth of shares in the company

The 18 year old presented his fire detection project, which had previously won the Best CREST Gold Award at the Big Bang Fair in March and multiple Young Engineers awards. James was competing at the annual international forum attended by over 1600 students from over 50 countries, showcasing their independent research.

For his project 'CookerSmart', James designed an innovative fire protection device that detects kitchen fires, by measuring the infrared flicker of their flames. The signal given off by the device is processed to detect the flame flicker and minimise false alarms caused by alternative sources of infrared.

Progressing through the CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) Awards and Young Engineers schemes has afforded James many new opportunities, aiding both his development and achievements.
James (pictured) said: "Being a part of both national and international events, dedicated to Science and Engineering, has strengthened my determination to persevere in these fields. The CREST and Young Engineers schemes have greatly assisted my development and I look forward to the new challenges that university will present. I am exceedingly proud to represent Great Britain and in some small part to continue our esteemed Science and Engineering tradition."

Sir Roland Jackson, chief executive of the British Science Association, added: "James has done the UK extremely proud with his achievements in San Jose. It is very rewarding to see such inspiring talent come through our CREST Awards scheme and the National Science & Engineering Competition to go on and represent the UK on the global stage."

Chris Shaw

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