Pratt Professors' High School Mentees to Compete in National Science Competition

November 19, 2006

nicholas_tang_and_sagar_indurkhyasized.jpgA pair of high school students from the N.C. School of Science and Math received regional honors in the nation’s top high school science competition Nov. 17.

Sagar Indurkhya of Charlotte and Nicholas Tang of Cary earned top honors at the regional finals of the 2006-07 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in Atlanta. The team was mentored by biomedical engineering professors Lingchong You and Jingdong Tian from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

The students conducted their bioengineering research in the area of synthetic biology, an emerging interdisplinary field that uses concepts based on living systems to design biological networks much like electronic networks. Their project explored methods, models and design patterns for the construction of complex artificial gene circuits at the theoretical level.

The students will now compete against five other teams for scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 in the national finals held in New York City next month. For more information about the 2006-07 Siemens Competition National Finals, go to the Siemens Foundation website.