By far my favorite thing Intel did in the corporate
PR department was take over the sponsorship of the Westinghouse Science Fair and turned into the Intel Science Talent Search.
Intel recruited the companies top scientists and engineers Intel Fellow to serve as judges. The folks who did so were universally impressed by the quality of the research these high quality. More than couple told me that despite having PHds there were a little intimidated to do the judging.
The kids research is generally over my head, but I was able to fall this year's winner.
Erika DeBenedictis, 18, of Albuquerque, N.M., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for her project developing a software navigation system to help improve spacecraft travel through the solar system. Erika's research found that the gravity and movement of planets create "easy transit routes," which will ultimately help spacecraft move faster and with less fuel.
Her passion for the subject was inspiring and she sure doesn't look like a typical geek. It does leave one feeling a bit better about America's future.
Intel STS 2010 Video
I am sure hoping she heads up NASA soon and gets mankind to Mars.