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Winners Announced in Fourth Annual Zeidman Awards

Bay Area Middle School Students Honored for Outstanding Accomplishments in Engineering and Science

CUPERTINO, Calif.—July 24, 2018 - Bob Zeidman, inventor and entrepreneur, is proud to announce the five winners of the fourth annual Zeidman Awards. The awards recognize middle school students in the fields of electrical engineering or computer science who demonstrate an advanced knowledge of electronics or computer programming to solve challenges in a unique and efficient manner. The winners and judges celebrated at a brunch on July 22 at the Computer History Museum.

The award recipients were selected from entries in the 2018 Synopsys Science & Technology Championship, where hundreds of students from Santa Clara County displayed their projects. Nine notable Silicon Valley engineers and scientists reviewed presentations and interviewed students, and then selected 9 finalists from among 91 eligible projects. Zeidman then selected the four winners.

"It's great to meet these inventive, innovative students and encourage them in the pursuit of engineering and science," said Andy Cromarty, a Zeidman judge and president of Heath Company, creator of Heathkits that many of today's engineers used as kids and encouraged them to enter the field of engineering. "The brunch is a great way to meet the students and congratulate their parents who also deserve recognition" Zeidman added, "I'd like to thank the volunteers from the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association who run the event each year. I'd also like to thank this year's Zeidman Award judges: John Peck, Zhenya Mirkin, Evan Kovanis, Mike Ivanov, Mort Grosser, Lee Felsenstein, Andrew Cromarty, Bob Baird, and Nik Baer."

Awards included cash prizes, the brunch, and signed copies of Zeidman's book, Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues!

The winners are:

First Place
- Shlok Shah, Challenger School, Berryessa: The Creation of an Autonomous Lifeguard System

Second Place
- Roy Gross, Terman Middle School: An Emergency Communication Mesh Network for Civilians: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Third Place
- Sriram Bhimaraju, Harker School - Middle Campus: Low-Cost Archery Assistant with an Interface for the Visually Impaired

Honorable Mentions
- Diptanshu Sikdar, Challenger School - Sunnyvale: Energy Harvesting Utilizing a Wind Driven Triboelectric Generator
- Kaushik Salem, Cabrillo Middle School: Intelligent Traffic Signal System Using Simplified Bayes' Theorem

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