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Austrian team takes 2nd place at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA

27. May 2014

A trio of young innovators from Austria took silver at the world's largest contest for young scientists, Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, USA.  

At the 65th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) , held in mid May in Los Angeles (USA), 1,780 youngsters from around 70 countries presented projects in 17 categories.

These included young scientists Dominik Kovács, Thomas Steinlechner and Yuki Trippel from Austria, who presented their innovative “Anastomosis Robot Tool (ART)”, winning prestigious 2nd place in the bioengineering category as well as a special award from the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The three graduates of the renowned Mödling Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting (Lower Austria) qualified for their place at Intel ISEF by winning the “Innovative Youth” contest in Austria.

ART is a cutting-edge surgical instrument used when removing tumours from the large bowel, which reconnects the two ends of the bowel, facilitating a minimally invasive, lower-risk procedure. All of the movements previously performed manually with a common circular stapler can now be performed electromechanically with the ART.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest science and engineering fair for youngsters. Every year young scientists from all over the world compete for prize money, scholarships and work experience placements worth over USD 3 million. An international expert jury of more than 1,000 scientists evaluated the submitted projects and names the winners.