PQI Faculty Attended Intel ISEF 2018 Public Day

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 5 June 2018

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Intel ISEF is hosted each year in a different city. 

The Education Outreach Day Program took place on Thursday, May 17, giving thousands of Pittsburgh-area middle & high school students and their teachers a chance to participate in a full day of hands-on science programming. 

The program encouraged students to think critically, work together and get excited about science.

The Society partners with Intel—along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors—who provide the support and awards for Intel ISEF. 

Pittsburgh Quantum Institute was one of the participants of Intel ISEF day this year.  

Our faculty members and staff were present at this event.

Geoffery Hutchison had a booth at this event where he showed how to visualize chemistry by using computational methods via smartphone technology. He had many visitors to his booth. Not only students but also teachers and parents were excited to his demonstrations


Sangyeop Lee presented the concept of waste heat recovery in a workshop.  He had high attendance at his workshop. Students were excited to see his demonstration.

David Pekker gave a lecture on quantum computers. His lecture was among the most popular talks.  There were around 50 curious high school students waiting to listen to his speech.

PQI staff was also there to talk represent Pittsburgh Quantum Institute. They had a booth with full of PQI logo fidget spinners and candies as favors. They introduce the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute and its mission to the public.  Many high school teachers were eager to learn more about outreach activities PQI organizes.  They mentioned the Quantum Day that every year PQI organizes for high school students.   Also, they invited many students to our Public Lecture during PQI2019. We are hoping to join this event next time it occurs in Pittsburgh area.

Thank you very much to PQI faculty and staff as well as the organizers of the event for bringing such an incredibly young and curious minds together.