THE ADVENT of 21st century is revolutionizing the way people live and think. It is transforming communities and making research in science and technology more important to society to find solutions to a growing number of global concerns. Keeping these global needs and challenges in view, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is creating a platform to identify, encourage and promote young scientists and to help open new doors of opportunity for them.
Malik Muhmmmad Usama Awan, resident of district Khairpur, Sindh Pakistan, participated in the Intel ISEF competition with the dream to make a difference to the world. He submitted a research based project in the biology category titled, “Effect of mixed-culture of Typha domingenasis and Phragmites karka on the efficiency of subsurface flow constructed wetland (SFCW) for sewage treatment”. He was one of the 5 students who represented Pakistan at Intel ISEF held in USA recently.
Although he wasn’t a prize winner, the Intel ISEF event opened a world of opportunity for him. After returning home from USA, he went on to participate in the International Environmental Project Olympiad* (INEPO) held in Istanbul, Turkey in where 501 projects from 41 countries participated. Usama won laurels at the event and was awarded a “Gold Medal” for his environmental project. He also entered The Education and Science Olympiad* held in Izmir, Turkey later in the year and secured 1st position and was awarded cash prize of 2,000 Turkish Liras. Usama has put a lot of effort into his research project. He said “hard work and dedication have taught me a lot. It has changed the way I look at world. I have learned to face the challenges and cope with my fears.”
Usama is currently in grade 11 and he continues to take part in science contests. He has represented Pakistan at the International Environmental Scientific Project Olympiad* (INESPO) in Holland and stood first, receiving a gold medal and cash prize of 500 Euros. Usama Ahmed was also selected for I-SWEEEP, the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project Olympiad* which was held in the United States in April of 2010. He competed with 702 projects from 70 countries and 44 US states and placed in 2nd position.
Usama said, “I am extremely proud and happy to have represented Pakistan at 6 international science fairs. My parents and my teachers have been a source of inspiration and guidance throughout the process and without their support I would not have been able to achieve this much. Intel ISEF played a vital role in giving me direction and helped me to seek new opportunities”.