Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL-Mentored Oak Ridge High School team wins Siemens Competition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2006 — A team of Oak Ridge High School students has won first place and $100,000 in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for their research thesis titled "Linking Supercomputing and Systems Biology for Efficient Bioethanol Production."

The students -- Scott Horton, Scott Molony and Steven Arcangeli -- were mentored by Nagiza Samatova of ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

Last year, Samatova mentored a team of Oak Ridge students who won the regional competition and placed fourth nationally. This year is the first time the competition has had repeat finalists from the same school.

For more information, listen to the attached audio spot, or see the press release at the Siemens website at: http://www.siemens-foundation.org/documents/2006-07NationalWinnersReleaseFINAL.pdf