High School Duo Wins Multiple Awards at Science and Engineering Fair for X-Ray Research

YUHS-Boys graduate Elie Bochner

Jun 23, 2008 — For recent Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / 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 high school duo won ISEF’s grand awards for Best of Category and First Award (both for Team Projects), with cash prizes of $5,000 and $3,000 respectively and an Intel notebook computer, for their research centered on improving medical X-ray scans. They also received a special Sigma Xi first place award, with an award of $1,000

The award-winning research, entitled “Improving the Feasibility of Avalanche Gain X-Ray Detectors,” was conducted over the summer at the State University of New York-Stony Brook’s Department of Material Science and Engineering as part of its Simons Summer Research Program. The program gives 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 other recent achievements include the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, received last year, winner of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair in March, the National Society for Professional Engineers Award, also in March, and the YUHS Award for Excellence in Physics at graduation in June.

Elie, a Springfield, NJ native, 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.”

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,” said Berliner, who is also the executive director of science management and clinical professor of physics at Yeshiva University.

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