ACESA
Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
GCOI Teacher of the Year and Future Innovator of the Year

All GCOI Teacher-of-the-Year and Future-Innovator-of-the-Year award recipients are listed here.

Legend:

S: Future Innovator (student) award winner

S-HM: Future Innovator (student) honorable mention

T: Teacher award winner

T-HM: Teacher honorable mention

S/T/HM

School

Person

Grade

Category

Project Title

2021

T

Tucson High Magnet School,
Tucson, AZ

Jeremy Jonas

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T-HM

Paradise Valley High School, Crest program,
Phoenix, AZ

Michelle Landreville

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T-HM

Millennium High School
Goodyear, AZ

David Worth

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Galasso Homeschool
Tucson, AZ

Marina Galasso9Plant SciencesSelaginella lepidophylla and Acetic Acid Applied to Maize Seeds to Improve Growth and Drought Tolerance

S

San Tan Charter School
Gilbert, AZ

Bailey Tischer11Cellular and Molecular BiologyA Novel Method for Measuring Cell Permeability as a Fluid Functional Value Using Spectroscopy

S

Paradise Valley High School
Phoenix, AZ

Arjun Gupta10Computational BioinformaticsA Novel Approach to Break Down Non-Biodegradable Plastic using AI to Design New Enzymes

S

Perry High School
Gilbert, AZ

Lilli Seebold

Nathan Lam

11MicrobiologySequential Insertion Deuterium Oxide Phage Therapy Effective Against N-hexanoyl-L-homoserine (AHL)

S-HM

BASIS Chandler
Chandler, AZ

Katherine Wei11Biomedical and Health SciencesIntegrated Analysis of the Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

S-HM

Tanque Verde High School
Tucson, AZ

Karah Mayer

11Cellular and Molecular BiologyIn ALS Patient Tissue, UG Rich RNA is Not Preferentially Soluble as Predicted

2020

T

Arizona College Prep-Erie,
Chandler, AZ

Rachna Nath

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T-HM

Harvest Preparatory Academy,
Yuma, AZ

Alfred S. Santos

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S

Sonoran Science Academy Tucson

Saffeyya-Grace Ibrahim

10

Microbiology

Examining Antibacterial Properties of Native American Medicinal Plant Extracts Against Streptococcus pyogenes ATCC 19615

S

BASIS Scottsdale

Viraj Mehta

12

Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

GLIA-Deep: Glioblastoma Image Analysis using Deep Learning Convolutional Neural Networks to Accurately Classify Gene Methylation and Predict Drug Effectiveness

S

Willcox High School

Dakota Finley

12

Environmental Engineering Recycling/ Waste Managment

Plasphalt Phase II

S

Hamilton High School

Abby Liu

12

Biomedical & Health Sciences

Identifying Key Pathways/Mechanisms for the Generation of Pancreatic Beta Cells by Transdifferentiation of Acinar Cell

S-HM

Tucson High Magnet School

Sadie Smith

12

Environmental Engineering

Investigating the efficacy of the gut biome of Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas morio in the biodegradation of polystyrene

S-HM

Hamilton High School

Viveka Chinnasamy,
Amy Wang,
Shreya Tripathi

11

Earth & Environmental Science

The Optimization of Lead Absorption in Contaminated Water Through Anhydro Galacturonic Acids in Various Citrus Peels

2019

T

Red Mountain HS, Mesa

Katy Gazda

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T-HM

Sonoran Science Academy,
Davis-Monthan

Oguz Guvenc

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S

Basis Chandler

Ella Wang

10

Plant Sciences

Soybean curd

S

Tanque Verde Tucson

Emily Ingatoff

10

Earth & Environ Sciences

Marine microplastics

S

Navaho Prep

Sky Harper

11

Chemistry

Artifical Synthesis of Sugars

S

Basis Scottsdale

Yutan Zhang

11

Engineering Mechanics

Large Subsonic Transport Aircraft

S-HM

Hamilton Chandler

Guan/Ramesh

11

Cell & Molecular Biology

Zileuton - Alzhimers

S-HM

Empire Corona

Matthew Fosdick

11

Chemistry

Cation Transport Membrane-solar

2018

T

Bagdad High School

Pradip Misra

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T-HM

Red Mountain Mesa

Katy Gazda

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T-HM

Empire Tucson

Hillary Stacey

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S

Homeschool

Damian Galasso

9

Plant Sciences

Effects of organic plant extracts

S

Brophy Prep

Bryan Gopal

11

Mathamatical Sciences

Accelerator or machine learning

S

Liberty Peoria

Trevor Hale

12

Cell & Molecular Biology

Transgenic analysis of gld-1

S

Basha Chandler

Rohit Nandakumar

12

Cell & Molecular Biology

Machine learning model for protein

S-HM

Basha Chandler

Nikita Bharati

9

Chemistry

Optimizing algae biofuel production

S-HM

Basis Peoria

Sukesh Ram

11

Physics & Astronomy

Wet chemical etching

2017

T

Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix

Marni Landry

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T-HM

Bagdad HS, Bagdad

Pradip Misra

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S

Hamilton HS, Chandler

Somil Jain

Sachin Jaishankar

12

Biochemistry

Developing a Nanoscale DLD Array Using Immunosignature-Derived Aptamers to Effectively Separate and Analyze Tumor Exosomes

S

Galasso Homschool, Tucson

Joseph Galasso

11

Environmental Sciences

A Novel Cost-Effective Water Filtration and Desalination Technique Based on Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymers

S

Basis HS, Peoria

Seoyoon Kim

11

Medicine & Health Sciences

Role in ING4 in the estrogen response of ER+breast cancer

S

Basis HS, Scottsdale

Vilina Mehta

11

Medicine & Health Sciences

A Novel MicroRNA-Targeted Approach to Overcoming Drug Resistance and Advancing Therapeutic Strategies for Glioblastoma Multiforme

S-HM

Empire HS, Tucson

Ava Christensen

10

Environmental Sciences

The Effect of Nepeta Cataria of Mosquito Larvae Development

S-HM

Tombstone HS, Tombstone

Heaven May Murphy

10

Engineering (M&B)

A New Solution to Prevent Deaths of Animals or Humans Left in Unattended Vehicles - Phase II

2016

T

Coconino HS Flagstaff

Christine Sapio

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T-HM

Paradise Valley HS

Marni Landry

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T-HM

Bagdad HS

Pradip Misra

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Sandra Day O'Connor HS

Kailash Raman

11

Chemistry

Facile Functionalization of Poly (p-phenylneoxide) via Azide-Alkyne "Click" Chemistry

S

Hamilton HS

Rahul Ramesh

11

Computer Science

Detection of Plasmodium Falciparum Parasites in Digitized Blood Samples

S

Desert Mountain HS

Aakanksha Saxena

11

Energy & Transportation

Detection of Secondary Phases in Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Semiconducting Thin Films

S

Az College Preparatory

McKenna Loop

12

Energy & Transportation

The Effect of the Algal Extraction Method on the Amount of Crude Lipid Recovered for Economically Feasible Biofuel Production

S-HM

Desert Vista HS

Simon Shen

12

Computer Science

Single-Cell Motion Characterization System - A New Automated Tool for High-Throughput Studies of Surface-Bound Bacgteria

S-HM

Hamilton HS

Akshata Rudrapatna

12

Engineering (M&B)

Applying Viral Nanoparticles in a Treatment Vector for Alzheimer's Disease Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

2015

T

Fountain Hills, Fountain Hills

Paul McElligott

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T-HM

Coconino, Flagstaff

Christine Sapio

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T-HM

Bagdad, Bagdad

Pradip Misra

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S

Paradise Valley, Phoenix

Alex Rossi

12

Biomed & Health SciencesDisease Treatment

Brain Tumor Treatment

S

Homeschool, Tucson

Claire Thai

9

Earth & Environ Science

Arsenic & Lead from Rice

S

Basis, Oro Valley

Jeremiah Pate

10

Engineering (E&M)

Aircraft Safety monitoring system

S

Hamilton, Chandler

Rebecca Jernigan

12

Microbiology

Protolytic enzymes-antivirals

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Akshata Rudrapatna

11

Med & Health Sciences

Viral nanoparticles for Alzheimers

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Ritika Bharati

10

Cell & Molecular Biology

Plant based steriods on cancer

2014

T

Pueblo Magnet, Tucson

Andrew Lettes

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T-HM

Fountain Hills, Fountain Hills

Paul McElligott

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T-HM

Skyline HS, Mesa

Michael Drobitzky

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S

Corona del Sol, Chandler

Sarah Galvin

12

Engineering (E&M)

An Innovative Approach to Improve Spin Polarization in CozFeAlo.sSigt Thin Filmq for Spin Transport Electronics

S

University HS, Tucson

Rachel Done

12

Cellular& Molecular Biology

Expression and Purification of a Fusion Protein for Breast Cancer Drug Discovery

S

Basis, Scottsdale

Shrey Gupta

11

Computer Science

Advancing Cancer Research with an Integrated Repository and Search Engine for Gene Regulatory Networks

S

Tucson Magnet

Diego Aubert-Vasquez

11

Energy & Transportation

The effectsof bacteria isolated from waste water on sodium lactate microbial fuel cells

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Dhruv Iyer

10

Engineering (E&M)

Devices for the Disabled

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Rebecca Jernigan

11

Microbiology

Enzymes as Antivirals

2013

T

Basha, Chandler

Michael McElvy

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T-HM

Saguaro, Scottsdale

Chris Brandt

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T-HM

Pueblo Magnet, Tucson

Andrew Lettes

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S

BASIS, Scottsdale

Anvita Gupta

Sejal Aggarwal

10

10

Medicine & Health Sciences

Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Drug Therapy Options

S

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Eric Epstein

12

Animal Science

Olfactory Discriminatin-European Honeybees

S

University, Tucson

Shelby Yuan

10

Engineering (E&M)

Preparation of Magnetic Nanovesicles

S

Chandler, Chandler

Manav Sevak

Tejas Dharmaraj

11

11

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Indicating Alzheimers, Preventing glail Scarring

S-HM

University, Tucson

Kelsey Barter

11

Biochemistry

Targeting Survivin as Potential Cancet Trerapeutic

S-HM

McClintock, Tempe

Soumoya Kambhamati

11

Computer Science

Social Network Analysis of SAT Phase Transition

2012

T

Buena, Sierra Viast

Sandra Trevino

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T-HM

Saguaro, Scottsdale

Chris Brandt

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T-HM

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Margaret Wilch

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S

Brophy College Prep, Phoenix

Kapil Kanagal

11

Chemistry

Effect of Polymer Treatment on Cancerous Cells

S

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Ostin Zarse

11

Engineering (E&M)

Holographic Light Filtering

S

Xavier College Prep, Phoenix

Sarah Sakha

10

Bicrobiology

Effect of Spices on Microbal Activity

S

Empire, Tucson

Sirtaj Bir Singh

Sumedha Ravishankar

12

Plant Sciences

Wastewater for Biofuel Production

S-HM

Paragon Science Acad., Chandler

Nicolle Matthews

9

Engineering (E&M)

The Piezoelectric Effect

S-HM

McClintock, Tempe

Soumoya Kambhamati

Thompson Liu

10

11

Computer Science

Social Network Analysis of SAT Phase Transition

2011

T

Desert Vista, Phoenix

Birgit Musheno

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T-HM

Fountain Hills, Fountain Hills

Paul McElligott

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T-HM

Buena, Sierra Viast

Sandra Trevino

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S

Brophy College Prep, Phoenix

Rajet Vatsa

9

Energy & Transportation

Biofuels Synthesis

S

Brophy College Prep, Phoenix

Aakash Jain

9

Microbiology

Garlic and E-coli

S

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Francisco Orozco

12

Microbiology

Fungi to Produce Fuel

S

Catalina Foothills, Tucson

Cory Owan

10

Energy & Transportation

Solar Collector Safety

S-HM

McClintock, Tempe

Soumya Kambhampati

9

Computer Science

SAT Problems

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Colby Howell

12

Animal Science

Oxalic Acid on Bees

2010

T

Sonoran Sci. Acad., Tucson

Robert Hobbins

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T-HM

Flowing Wells, Tucson

Anna Heyer

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T-HM

Buena, Sierra Viast

Sandra Trevino

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Highland, Gilbert

Scott Olson

12

Engineering-E&M

Fiber Optic Backlight System

S

Pusch Ridge Christian, Tuscon

Kurt Andres

11

Engineering-E&M

Mass Inbalance in Wind Turbines

S

Sonoran Sci. Acad., Tucson

Stan Palasek

9

Biochemistry

Heat Stress on Hexose Transport Rates

S

Hamilton, Chandler

Varum Ramesch

9

Computer Science

Hand Gesture Recognition

S-HM

Hamilton, Chandler

Shaina Hasan

12

Cellular & Molecular Bio

Brain Cancer

S-HM

Empire, Tucson

Sumedha Ravishankar

Sirtaj Bir Singh

10

10

Microbology

Spice & Extracts on Ground Beef

2009

T

Empire, Tucson

Michael Frank

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T-HM

Rio Rico, Rio Rico

Teresa Potter

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T-HM

Desert Vista, Phoenix

Birgit Musheno

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S

Canyou del Oro, Tucson

Ebaa Al-Obeidi

11

Plant Science

Sonoran Solar Cells

S

Basha, Chandler

Scott Boisvert

10

Microbiology

Amphibian Pathogen

S

Corona del Sol, Tempe

Rahul Mitra

10

Engineering-Matl Sci

Lead/Gold Superconductivity

S

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Michael Wallace

11

Environmental Mgt

Polystyrene Degredation

S-HM

Corona del Sol, Tempe

Rizwan Ahmad

11

Engineering-Bio

Sweat Collection

S-HM

Tucson High Magnet, Tucson

Angela Schlegal

12

Plant Science

Enzyme Identification

 

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