Nashua student wins at prestigious international science competition

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Adyant Shankar (middle), of Nashua High School South, is announced as the winner of the Best in Category for Environmental Engineering at Intel ISEF, held in Phoenix May16-17, 2019. Maya Ajmera (left), the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, helps present his announcement. Courtesy Photo

NASHUA, NH  – Adyant Shankar, a 17-year-old junior from Nashua South High School,  was awarded Best in Category in Environmental Engineering at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public held in Phoenix May 12 – 17.

Shankar was recognized for developing a photocatalytic oxidation utilizing doped titanium dioxide for air purification system, an innovative discovery that hopes to change the way air and water purity can be more efficiently achieved.

Shankar was one of 22 Best of Category winners, winnowed from a field of over 1,800 students. He will receive up to $8,750 in cash awards as a result of his ISEF winnings.

Shankar, a member of the class of 2020 from Nashua South, was the state-wide winner of the 2019 New Hampshire Science and Engineering Expo (NHSEE) held in Concord in March. NHSEE is NH’s largest high school science competition, and an ISEF-affiliated regional fair.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest and most distinguished international pre-college science competition. The competition featured over 1,800 young scientists selected from 423 affiliate fairs in more than 80 countries, regions and territories.