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National Medal of Technology Award

Student teams that receive the highest scores from our national judges receive the ISTF's highest honor, "Meritorious Achievement Award" certificates from the Director of the ISTF program.


ISTF Project Number: 10-2284

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Next Generation Nuclear Reactors
ISTF Project Title: The Vitruvian Plant: Powering the Future
Problem/Research Statement: We would like to reduce the amount of spent nuclear fuel that has to be permanently stored. 
 Student Project Team: Jordan A., Matt P., Steven F., Steven A., Rima N., Travis D., David R., Evan I., Molly B., Kyle W., Tony P., Garrett Z., Shannon W., Chris G., Juan Z., Eugene S., Kelsey J., Carlos V. 
Project Team Teacher: Catharine Colwell
School Name: Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, FL
Principal: Dr. Cheryl Salerno
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Friend, Pima Community College

ISTF Project Number: 10-2218

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Bacterial/Viral Detection/Screening
ISTF Project Title: Don't Bug Me
Problem/Research Statement: Everybody enjoys crawling into their comfortable bed at night. You might think you are alone with your sheet, blanket and pillow, but sleeper, beware! You just may have some company you didn't bargain on. Bed bugs can be found in homes, stores, offices, and hotels. Don't Bug Me will not only locate these annoying pests, but kill them on the spot.  
 Student Project Team: Matthew G., Marigrace B., Mark B., Joshuel M., Cameron M., Kylie A. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 10-2221

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Moodlets
Problem/Research Statement: People affected with Bipolar Disorder cannot do anything about their mood swings because they are both severe and unpredictable, and they may not always remember to take their medication. 
 Student Project Team: Zoe H., Gloria P., Ann K., Seth G., Rae-ann S. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 10-2388

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: DAA (Disabled Assistance Association)
Problem/Research Statement: Elderly people sometimes forget to take their medication(s) at the correct time because they donít have anything to remind them of it. They could get sicker and require more treatment because of this. 
 Student Project Team: Daniel H., Alecia V., Anna W. 
Project Team Teacher: Jennifer Birkmeier
School Name: Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Blaine High School, Blaine, MN
Principal: Mr. John Phelps, Principal

ISTF Project Number: 10-2445

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Building Technologies
ISTF Project Title: Domus viridius
Problem/Research Statement: There are high levels of power wastage in residential use. Televisions which are not in active use but are switched on i.e standby mode. This issue is a major issue as very high amounts of electrical power are used by ambient domestic appliances.  
 Student Project Team: Apoorv S., Rohan K., Sairam C., Nitish K., Jae Wook Y. 
Project Team Teacher: Biju Baby
School Name: Cathedral Vidya School,, Lonavala, MH
Principal: Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj
Technical Advisor:Dr. Amit Jain, International Institute of Infromation Technonolgy (IIIT),

ISTF Project Number: 10-2334

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Call Compress Revive (CCR)
Problem/Research Statement: Many people have never learned how to perform CPR or how to properly use a defibrillator. During an emergency, there isnít time to call 911. People who can save the victim may also be reluctant to go to necessary lengths in order to revive them due to privacy concerns. 
 Student Project Team: Christina S., Dorothy P., Karine L., Simran A. 
Project Team Teacher: Carlos Nodarse
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Ms. Laura Hynes, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 10-2432

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Data Compression
ISTF Project Title: M-Band Wavelet based Data Compression
Problem/Research Statement: In the age of informatics, compressions are essential to the rapid transfer of information. In this research, we explore data compression by focusing on audio and image compression, which are essential parts of everyday computing. 
 Student Project Team: Sam Z., Ray C., Yunhan J. 
Project Team Teacher: Xiaodi Wang
School Name: Danbury Math Academy, Danbury, CT
Principal: Dr. Xiaodi Wang
Technical Advisor:Dr. Xiaodi Wang, Western Connecticut State University

ISTF Project Number: 10-2223

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Don't Go H2O
Problem/Research Statement: People enjoy taking long showers and don't pay attention to how much water goes down the drain. Don't GO H2O is a water conservation system which will help save and reuse water within homes and businesses, therefore reducing water waste and reducing emissions produced by water processing plants. 
 Student Project Team: Nicko R., Jocelyn T., Bailey Y., Maria D., Savannah P. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

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