- Saudi Arabia wins five major awards and three special awards during its participation in “the Intel ISEF 2019” competition, held in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 12nd to 17th.
Saudi Arabia, represented by King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, (MAWHIBA), participated in the Intel ISEF 2019 exhibition for the 13rd consecutive year. The winners were: Abdullah Al-Sannan and Dima Al-Mulhim, ranked fourth in environmental engineering, Wid Al-Sa’doun, ranked fourth in chemical energy, Haya Al-Tuwaijri, ranked third in environmental engineering, and Shawq Madani, ranked third in environmental engineering.
The Saudi team participating in this year’s Intel ISEF competition won three special awards: Shawq Madani, who won a scholarship from the University of Arizona, Wid Al-Sa’doun, who won a special award from United Technologies, and Noura Al-Dosari, who won a special award from the US space agency (NASA).
The Secretary-General of the MAWHIBA Foundation, Dr. Saud Al-Mutahmi, thanked King Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense Prince for their generous patronage and continuous support to talented and creative people, and their continuous guidance on the need to invest in minds and develop intellectual capital, and prepare qualified human cadres to participate in achieving the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030.
Al-Mutahmi said: “The talented are the driving force and the powerful engine to the renaissance of Saudi Arabia and its sustainable development. MAWHIBA contributes to this by focusing on the preparation of qualified national talent, which can invest learning, and transform innovation into creativity and projects that provide job opportunities, by applying the knowledge and skills of the talented in various aspects of the national economy.”
Al-Mutahmi praised, the sponsorship of Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to the Saudi team participating in the Intel ISEF 2019, stressing the importance of the strategic partnership between SABIC and MAWHIBA for the benefit of Saudi Arabia and its talents to contribute to realizing the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030 and the national transformation program 2020 through the qualification of creative and distinctive human cadres and investment in the capital of Saudi Arabia of human resources.
He also commends the role of SABIC as a leading national company in supporting scientific initiatives and training of future leaders, as well as its support for MAWHIBA and its role in the successes and achievements of the Foundation during the past years. He congratulated the students, their parents, their families, teachers and schools for this success underlining what MAWHIBA and the Saudi Ministry of Education are doing to help outstanding and promising students to develop their creativity in a systematic and highly effective manner through engaging and participating in such leading international exhibitions.
During the Intel ISF 2019 exhibition, MAWHIBA presented special prizes for the 10th year in a row, totaling 14 prizes worth $99,000, awarded to projects in the fourth industrial revolution, in the machine learning in chemistry or environmental applications, in the machine in applications of bioengineering, and robot innovations, as well as smart solutions in cybersecurity.
This is the 13rd year of the Saudi participation in Intel ISEF, the largest scientific exhibition of competition in the field of pre-university scientific research, attracting nearly 1,800 participants from more than 80 countries around the world.
Saudi Arabia participated in the Intel ISEF 2019 competition with a team of 20 students, who presented 20 scientific projects, up two projects from the previous year, in several scientific fields. Saudi Arabia, along with students, was represented by a number of employees of the Ministry of Education, MAWHIBA, a number of arbitrators and members of the Scientific Committee, as well as parents of students.