Portland students win $100K math award

Portland students win $100K math award

Credit: AP

Akash Krishnan, second from left, and Matthew Fernandez, second from right, both of Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Ore., pose with Siemens Foundation President Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, left, and former NASA astronaut and lead judge Dr. Thomas D. Jones, as they are awarded the team grand prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at George Washington University in Washington. Krishnan and Fernandez's computer research seeks to accurately determine emotion in the human voice. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM

PORTLAND -- Two juniors from Oregon Episcopal School won the team competition of the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, splitting a $100,000 prize.

Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez developed a computer algorithm to more detect emotion in the human voice to win the country's premier research competition for high school students.

Watch their presentation

The awards were presented this week at George Washington University.

The winner in the individual category was Benjamin Clark, 15, a senior at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pennsylvania, for advancing research on how stars are born.

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