Local students make it to national finals of Siemens Competition

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(Information provided by Siemens)

About Siemens Competition:

The Siemens Competition was launched in 1998 to recognize America's best and brightest science, technology, engineering and math students. Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities and winners from there advance onto the National Finals.

About the Oak Ridge High School Students in the Siemens Corporation National Finals:

A.J. Toth plans to study and pursue a career in electrical engineering. He hopes to work in management and travel as much as possible. He is an Eagle Scout, National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar who tutors algebra and trigonometry. A.J. sings in his church choir and played piano in the ETSBOA Jazz Clinic Blue Band in 2010 and 2011. 

Jim Andress is a National AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, and national winner of the EnergySolutions Scholarship. He is the lead author of a paper submitted to "Computational Mechanics" on the Boundary Integral Method. He is vice president of his senior class and plays bass in the school jazz band and a local jazz trio. Jim plans to major in math, physics or computer science and would like to become a researcher or professor with the time and money to travel. The team's mentor on their project was Chris Symons, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

About their research project:

National finalists, A.J. Toth and Jim Andress, seniors at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, won the team category and will share a $6,000 scholarship for their project entitled, Creating a Higher-Efficiency Machine Learning Algorithm to Facilitate the Development of Cancer Treatment Drugs. The team used novel computational procedures with active machine learning to classify certain protein mutations important in cancer suppression, which could lead to new anticancer drugs with lower developmental costs.

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