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Intel ISEF students imagine the future at White House Frontiers Conference

Intel ISEF finalist Surabhi Mundada stands by the White House Frontiers Conference sign.

Intel ISEF finalist Surabhi Mundada stands by the White House Frontiers Conference sign. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University.

Envision what the United States and the world will be like in 50 years and beyond. That was the challenge President Barack Obama encouraged participants to take on at the daylong White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh in October. The conference brought together “change-makers of tomorrow,” including researchers, business leaders, technologists, philanthropists, local innovators and students. Six Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) finalists were among that group — and they had the experience of a lifetime.

“The best part of the conference was the tangible atmosphere from the scientists and
innovators all around me.” — Jiwoo Lee, Intel ISEF 2016 finalist

“This conference not only opened my eyes to the creativity involved in scientific research, but also showed me that we can and should drive new sets of innovations in whatever field we are working in.” — Surabhi Mundada, Intel ISEF 2016 finalist

“The White House Frontiers Conference really changed my views and my ideas on not only space but all areas of science.” — Amber Yang, Intel ISEF 2016 finalist

“The spirit of discovery that was concentrated in that one room still blows me away.” — Syamantak Payra, Intel ISEF 2016 finalist, Broadcom MASTERS 2014 semifinalist

"Attending the White House Frontiers Conference has made a lasting impact on my life.”  — Aarushi Pendharkar, Intel ISEF 2016 finalist

“The conference showed me how important it is to take this extra step of bringing your work out into the world — to real people and communities who could benefit.” — Mihir Garimella, Intel ISEF 2015 finalist, Broadcom MASTERS 2013 finalist