Jun 26, 2008 — For recent Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) graduate, Elie Bochner, the awards keep coming. After being designated as semi-finalists in the 2007-2008 Intel Science Talent Search, Elie and fellow classmate, Shai Chester, took first place in several categories at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. The YUHSB duo won ISEF’s grand awards for Best of Category and First Award (both for Team Projects), as well a special Sigma Xi first place award for their research centered on improving medical x-ray scans. The awards came along with cash prizes of five, three, and one thousand dollars, in addition to an Intel notebook computer.
The award-winning research, entitled “Improving the Feasibility of Avalanche Gain X-Ray Detectors,” was conducted over the summer at SUNY-Stony Brook’s Department of Material Science and Engineering as part of their Simons Summer Research Program. The program gives select academically talented and motivated high school students the chance to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering. Under the guidance of Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Elie was charged with improving a new x-ray detector, developed and patented by Dr. Wei Zhao of Stony Brook.
Elie’s additional achievements include the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, New York City Science and Engineering Fair winner, the National Society for Professional Engineers Award, and the YUHS Award for Excellence in Physics, among others.
Bochner, a Springfield, NJ native who recently graduated from The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / YUHSB, singled out his AP calculus and physics teacher, Dr. Edward Berliner, for his accomplishments. “More significant than helping me prepare for the competitions, Dr. Berliner convinced me to conduct research at the Simons Summer Research Program. Without the combination of him at YUHSB and my mentors at Stony Brook I would be nowhere near where I am today in terms of scientific accomplishments.”
Dr. Berliner, who served as Elie’s faculty advisor for most of his competitions, has lofty aspirations for the former student. “We expect Elie to make fundamental contributions to civilization’s knowledgebase over the course of his professional career and we are proud to have been a small part of his preparation toward his anticipated success.”
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