I Took the Challenge! First Year Schools J ohn Paul Gonzales, Consult, Santa Fe Institute & Project GUTS
First Year Schools Centennial High School Teams 16,17 Edgewood Middle School Teams 37, 38 Mountain Elementary School Team 79 Taos Middle School Team 1008
David Kratzer, Consult Presentation of the 2012 - 2013 Finalists
The Finalists Team 6, Albuquerque Academy Team 31, Desert Academy Team 47, La Cueva High School Team 48, La Cueva High School Team 49, La Cueva High School Team 52, Los Alamos High School Team 56, Los Alamos High School Team 58, Los Alamos High School Team 80, NM School for the Arts
Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Modeling Award David Janecky, LANL
Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Modeling Award Winners: Team 7 Annunciation Catholic School Can the Great Pacific Garbage Patch be Eliminated With Plastic-eating Microbes? Thomas Curtin, Moira Donnelly, Grace Maynard, Nam Nguyen, Andreana Nourie, Megan Thomas Sponsor: Mary Curtin
Best Agent-based Model using NetLogo Presented by Stephen Guerin Redfish Group
Best Agent-based Model using NetLogo Winners: Team 59 Los Alamos Middle School A Two-step Policy Approach used in Cloud Web Service Scheduling Problems Sponsor: Pauline Stevens Mentor: Hsing-bung (HB) Chen
Best Human-Computer Interaction Model Presented by Stephen Guerin, Simtable
Best Human-Computer Interaction Model Winners: Team 64 Los Alamos Middle School Headtracking: Controlling Your Computer with your Head Alex Ionkov Sponsor : Pauline Stephens Mentor: Latchesar Ionkov
Research Award: NM Water/Climate Change Presented by: Mary Jo Daniel and Natalie Willoughby
Research Award NM Water/Climate Change Winner: Team 67 Melrose High School 9,000,000,000 Randall Rush Sponsors: Alan Daugherty, Rebecca Raulie
Southwest Ecosystem Model Co-Sponsored by NM Museum of Natural History and Science and RRCA Staff via United Way Presented by: Celia Einhorn, Consult
Award for Modeling a Southwest Ecosystem Winners: Team 46 Jackson Middle School Water Solutions Matthey Armijo, Jimmy Duong, Randie Terrill, Luu Thanh Sponsor: Karen Glennon Mentors: Patty Meyer, Janet Penvlope, Maximo S. Lazo
Best Written Report Presented by: Sue King, LANL and Kathy Pallis, Pallis Communications
Best Written Report Winners: Team 56 Los Alamos High School Numerical Modeling of Atmospheric Vortices Sudeep Dasari, David Murphy, Colin Redman Sponsor: Lee Goodwin Mentor: Venkat Dasari
Best Visualization Award Presented by: Teri Roberts, LANL Sponsored by Lorie Liebrock
Best Visualization Award Winner: Team 58 Los Alamos High School Computer Simulation of Saturn’s Ring Structure Cole Kendrick Sponsor/Mentor: Brian Kendrick
Parallel Processing Award Presented by: Jordan Medlock, 2012 Challenge Winner Sponsored by Lorie Liebrock, NMT
Parallel Processing Award Winners: Team 56 Los Alamos High School Numerical Modeling of Atmospheric Vortices Sudeep Dasari, David Murphy, Colin Redman Sponsor: Lee Goodwin Mentor: Venkat Dasari
Recognition of Judges Michael Trahan, Sandia National Laboratories Principal Member of Technical Staff, Integration and Test, Group # 5515 Eleanor Walther, Sandia National Laboratories, Retired
Best Agent-Based Model Presented by Irene Lee, Santa Fe Institute
Best Agent-Based Model Winners: Team 98 Santa Fe Prep Emergency Egress in the Case of a Fire Harsh Bhundiya, Christoph Schild, Adam Melk Sponsor: James Taylor Mentor: Nick Bennett
Community Impact Award Presented by Ron Davis, Abba Technologies
Community Impact Award Winners: Team 17 Centennial High School Build a Better Bus Route Katrina Martinez, Lilia Taylor, Cameron Duran, Mark Monsivais Sponsor: Melody Hagaman Mentor: LD Landis
Crowd Favorite Presented by NM Tech Council Glenn Perkal, TIG
Crowd Favorite Winners: Team 73 Melrose High School Where the Deer and the Antelope Play Mackenzie Perkins, Rebecca Rush, Jouie Barns Sponsors: Alan Daugherty, Rebecca Raulie Mentors: Ray Rush, Tom Perkins
Epidemiology Modeling Award Presented by Chick Macal, Argonne National Laboratory and Jonathan Ozik, University of Chicago
Epidemiology Modeling Award Winner: Team 6 Albuquerque Academy Model of Disease Propagation to Predict the Speed of an Outbreak Marcus Dominguez-Kuhne Sponsor: Jim Mims Mentor: Marie Kuhne
Newcomer Award Presented by Peggy and Bob Robey
Newcomer Award Winners: Team 6 Albuquerque Academy Model of Disease Propagation to Predict the Speed of an Outbreak Marcus Dominguea-Kuhne Sponsor: Jim Mims Mentor: Ms. Marie Kuhne
Magellan Award Presented by Peggy and Bob Robey
Magellan Award Winners Winners: Team 35 Down to Earth School Predator Mayhem Ruby Zeuner, Samantha Lopez, Aidan Link Sponsors: Maia Chaney, Sharon Muehlhausen
Most Professional Presentation Presented by Dorothy Ashmore, Sandia National Labs
Most Professional Presentation Winner: Team 58 Los Alamos High School Computer Simulation of Saturn’s Ring Structure Cole Kendrick Sponsor/Mentor: Brian Kendrick
Best Web Presentation of Final Report Presented by Michele Jacquez-Ortiz, Senator Udall's staff
Best Web Presentation of Final Report Winners: Team 78 Moriarty High School Electric Wind Shock Natasha Cordova, Matthew Pearce, Michael Pearce, Jared Davidson Sponsor: Jennifer Cordova Mentor: Christopher Alme, Darren Duvall
Senator Martin Heinrich’s Middle School Award Presenter: Katie Richardson, Technology's Operations Director
Senator Martin Heinrich’s Middle School Award Winners: Team 59 Los Alamos Middle School A Two-step Policy Approach used in Cloud Web Service Scheduling Problems Steven Chen Sponsors: Pauline Stephens Mentors: Hsing-bung (HB) Chen
Senator Martin Heinrich’s Video Message http://sdmc- media.senate.gov.s3.amazonaws.com/Heinrich/0 41813_HEINRICH_2_WEB_HD.mp4
Presented by Mike Davis and Victor Kuhns, Cray Inc. Cray High Performance Award
Winners: Team 47 La Cueva High School Learning and Analyzing Topics in Human Language Ari Echt-Wilson, Eli Echt-Wilson, Justin Sanchez Sponsor: Samuel Smith Cray High Performance Award
CHECS Research Award Presented by Shaun Cooper, President, NM CHECS
CHECS Research Award Winners: Team 53 Los Alamos High School Lowrider to Flowrider Vehicle Aerodynamics and Aeromodding Rachel Robey,Simon Redman Sponsor: Lee Goodwin Mentor: Robert Robey, Jim Redman
CHECS Teamwork Award Presented by Shaun Cooper, NMSU and NM CHECS, President
CHECS Teamwork Award Winners: Team 47 La Cueva High School Ari Echt-Wilson, Eli Echt-Wilson, Justin Sanchez Learning and Analyzing Topics in Human Language Sponsor: Samuel Smith
Teacher Appreciation Award Presented by: Dillion Phillabaum Edgewood Middle School
Teacher Appreciation Award Winner: Janice Portillo Edgewood Middle School
Teacher Appreciation Award Presented by: Arianna and Analyssa Martinez Centennial High School
Teacher Appreciation Award Winner: Melody Hagaman Centennial High School
Supercomputing Challenge Technical Poster Award Presented by Heather Rister
Technical Poster Award Winner: Team 58 Los Alamos High School Computer Simulation of Saturn’s Ring Structure Cole Kendrick Sponsor/Mentor: Brian Kendrick
Graphical Poster Award Presented by Shaun Cooper, NMSU Supercomputing Challenge Logo for 2013-2014
Graphical Poster Award Winners: Team 56 Los Alamos High School Numerical Modeling of Atmospheric Vortices Sudeep Dasari, David Murphy, Colin Redman Sponsor: Lee Goodwin Mentor: Venkat Dasari
Sandia National Laboratories Creativity and Innovation Award Presented by David Rogers, Sandia National Labs
Sandia National Laboratories Creativity and Innovation Award Winners: Team 80 New Mexico School for the Arts Audio Textures Opening The Inner Eye Through Music Mohit Dubey Sponsor: Acacia McCombs Mentor: Stephen Guerin
New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering Presented by Eleanor Walther, Sandia National Labs (Retired)
New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering Winners: Sara Hartse, Desert Academy Rachel Robey, Los Alamos High School
Programming Innovation Award Presented by Drew Einhorn, Friend of the Challenge Sponsored by Fourth Watch Business Continuity Services LC
Programming Innovation Award And the Pythonistas are.. Team 31 Desert Academy Comparison of Optimization Techniques for Road Networks Sara Hartse, Sean Colin-Ellerin Sponsor: Jocelyn Comstock, Jeff Mathis
Science Rocks Presented by Matt Ruybal for Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
Science Rocks Winners: Team 7 Annunciation Catholic School Can the Great Pacific Garbage Patch be Eliminated with Plastic-eating Microbes Thomas Curtin, Moira Donnelly, Grace Maynard, Nam Nguyen, Adreana Nourie, Megan Thomas Sponsor: Mary Curtin
Consult's Special Award Challenge Western Wear Presented by Patty Meyer, Consult
Consult's Special Award Winner: Alan Daugherty, Challenge Teacher Sponsor and Bus Driver
Judges’ Special Awards Presented by Eleanor Walther Mike Trahan
Special Judges Award Energy and Your Community Winner: Team 78 Moriarty High School Electric Wind Sock Natasha Cordova, Matthew Pearce, Micheal Pearce, Jared Davidson Sponsor: Jennifer Cordova Mentor: Susan Gibbs
Judges’ Special Award Tenacity Winner: Team 1009 Jackson Middle School Chickenpox Katrina Keller Sponsor: Karen Glennon Mentors: Jordan Medlock, Patty Meyer
Judges’ Special Award For Creativity Winner: Team 1 ATC Synesthesia Visualization Noah Caulfield, Hugo Rivera Sponsor: Ms. Pace
Sponsor Recognition Let's give a big round of applause for our sponsors! The people in these businesses and companies helped us Take the Challenge!
Primary Sponsors: Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Security, LLC Sandia National Laboratories Educational Partners: CCL Netlogo, CHECS, Eastern New Mexico University, MIT Starlogo, New Mexico Computing Applications Center, New Mexico EPSCoR, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico State University, NMSU-Dona Ana Community College, Northern New Mexico College, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Complex, Santa Fe Institute, University of New Mexico, UNM-CARC Commercial Partners: Abba Technologies/Hewlett Packard, Google RISE, Lockheed Martin, The Math Works, Gulfstream Group and bigbyte.cc,VanDyke Software, Albuquerque Journal, CAaNES, Cray Inc, Fourth Watch Software, Innovate Educate NM, LANL Foundation, Lobo Internet Services, New Mexico Business Weekly, New Mexico Technology Council, PY Multimedia Services, Qforma, Redfish Group, Technology Integration Group
Outstanding Service Award Presented by Betsy Frederick
Outstanding Service Award Winner: Teri Roberts Volunteer Extraordinaire
Scholarship Winners Presented by Janeen Anderson, Acaji, Inc.
The Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, ABBA Technologies, UPS and Los Alamos National Security Thank you for your generous contributions to Challenge scholarship funds.
NCWIT Special Guest Catherine Ertz Operations Director National Center for Women & Information Technology Presenting the NCWIT Aspirations Awards
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Taylor Bacon Danielle Garcia Emma Clary-Gelinas Chloe Grubb Keva Howe Alexandra Porter Rachel Robey Ceryndipity Schoel Paige Torres Taylor Torres Maria Troyer Victoria Troyer
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Taylor Bacon Desert Academy Santa Fe, NM Class of 2015 Taylor has been involved in computer programming for about four years, each year learning and developing more and more skills. In 8th and 9th grade, she participated in the New Mexico Supercomputing challenge. This involved spending a weekend at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM and taking a series of classes related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Then, over the course of the next year, she developed a computer model, collected data, analyzed the results, and wrote a paper summarizing the process. In 8th grade, Taylor modeled the spread of cholera in an earthquake relief camp in Haiti, and found several approaches to preventing further spread of the disease. As a freshman, she modeled the depletion of a New Mexico Aquifer. For her project involving aquifers, she and her partner were recognized for having the “Best Ecosystem Model.” This year she is teaching an introductory programming class at a local elementary school.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Emma Clary-Gelinas School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2013 Emma's interest in computing came about through involvement in her high school's STEM Program, Through the program she has competed in many local and international robotics and computing competitions including, B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics, FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), Botball, Supercomputing Challenge and other STEM related programs. Emma has taken on difficult leadership roles in the STEM program and in her school, being elected as class Vice President for three of her four years in high school. She also has taken on leadership roles for all competitions, successfully being the team leader of the 2012 State Champion BEST Robotics Team. In school Emma is a highly dedicated student, working hard to maintain a high GPA, and keeping up with numerous extracurricular activities. She has taken dual credit classes through high school and plans to attend university with a computing and engineering based major. Emma will be graduating this year with honors, as class Salutatorian and attending the New Mexico State University in the fall.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Danielle Garcia School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2014 Danielle's love of technology started in her 9th grade year when she joined her school's Botball team. They placed 1st their first year and attended Botball's International Competition. For the past three years, Danielle has participated in B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics, FIRST Robotics, Botball, and The Supercomputing Challenge. In BEST Robotics, Danielle won first place in Engineering Notebook. In Botball, she was a captain and received 5th place and a Judges Choice Award and currently is a coach of a The School of Dreams Academy Middle School team. In FIRST Robotics, she was chosen to be the Head of Robot Building. Danielle's extra-curricular actives include; giving presentations, community outreach with the use of robotics, and playing her instrument for her school band, a Bass Clarinet, and attending college classes at the UNM-Valencia Campus. Danielle's future plans are to attend University of California at Santa Barbra, New Mexico Tech, or University of California at Santa Cruz to combined Marine Biology and Computer Science.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Chloe Grubb School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2015 Chloe attends the School of Dreams Academy and has been participating in STEM-CS related programs since she was in middle school. Chloe has participated and had success in robotics competitions including B.E.S.T. Robotics, FIRST Robotics, SuperComputing Challenge, ISEF, Envirothon, Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Contest, and Botball. She was chosen as the recipient for the New Mexico Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, and a runner-up for the National NCWIT Award. At the 2012 GCER, she was also chosen for the Outstanding Intuitive and Achievement award. She has been taking courses at a local college since her freshman year and plans to graduate from high school with both her high school diploma and an associate’s degree in pre-engineering.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Keva Howe School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2013 Keva’s interest in computing was sparked in high school, with her involvement in B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics. The first year it competed her team placed third, which made it eligible to compete in the Midwestern region. Keva was personally awarded for creating the first-place t- shirt and the first-place website. Keva also enjoys participating in Botball. Last year Keva was made captain of her Botball team, which won Overall Documentation and third place overall. In school Keva is currently taking college courses alongside her high school courses. She hopes to have an influence on her fellow students in encouraging them to do as much as they can in school. Outside of school, her team attends different fairs to show their robots and educate the community about robotics and technology.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Alexandra Porter La Cueva High Albuquerque, NM Class of 2013 Alexandra began programming in middle school with a brief summer course on Java. She was so excited by it that she used it for her science fair project where she won first place in Computer Science at region and state science fairs. Alexandra has won top of category at the regional science fair and was a finalist at the International Science and Engineering Fair. She also won 3rd place and a creativity award at the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, 2nd at the regional science fair, and 2nd in category at the state science fair. She has served as treasurer, and as vice president for the Science Olympiad team at her school. She has also participated in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge and has volunteered at the National Museum of Nuclear Science in History as counselor for their summer classes. Alexandra wants to study computer science in college and pursue a PhD. She would also like to start her own company to develop new technologies.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Rachel Robey Los Alamos High Los Alamos, NM Class of 2013 Rachel is a senior at Los Alamos High School. She began programming in middle school when she first participated in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge and has placed in the top three for several years. Through technology, she has further pursued her interests in math and science. Apart from a few courses, including an independent study online AP Comp. Sci. class in 8th grade, she has mostly explored technology on her own time with the mentorship of her father and brother. In the last year, Rachel was lead author on a journal paper about hash- based algorithms that is now in revision. She also spent the last summer working in atmospheric modeling as a student at Los Alamos National Lab. In her free time, Rachel enjoys whitewater kayaking and rock climbing.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Ceryndipity Schoel Desert Academy Santa Fe, NM Class of 2015 Ceryndipity is interested in all kinds of technology, including programming. Last year she created a website to sell crafts that she had made in order to raise money for local charities. It took her almost a semester to complete the website, but at the end of the semester the site was usable, and had multiple pages and links. This year, she is participating in the Supercomputing Challenge, where she hopes to model the effects of power stations for the Tesla, an electric car. Ceryn would like to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, which combines her passion of engineering with her goal of becoming a doctor. Biomedical engineering is the perfect mix of the two because she is able to help people while using her engineering skills.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Paige Torres School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2016 Paige's interest in computing and engineering started in Junior High with her involvement in Science Olympiad. Her team received 4th place in the regional competition and qualified to compete in state finals. She personally received 1st place mousetrap vehicle (regional) 2nd place mousetrap vehicle (state finals). She strives to partake in as many robotics competitions as she can; with an ambition of gaining more experience in engineering and computing. Outside of school Paige enjoys cheer-leading, dance, and acting, along with being involved in her church youth group. In the near future she aspires to use her problem solving abilities to solve world problems.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Taylor Torres School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2016 Taylor's passion for robotics started in 8th grade; beginning her involvement with Botball. She was in charge of programming and was very successful by receiving 4th place overall and 2nd in seeding. In Junior High she was chosen to participate in FRC (First Robotics Competition) receiving the rookie inspirational award. Taylor is currently taking a college credit course along with her high school courses. During her free time she is involved in cheer-leading, dance, acting, art, and is a member of her church youth group. Taylor aspires to be the very best she can, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts".
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Maria Troyer School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2014 Maria is a Junior at the School of Dreams Academy. She has participated in BEST Robotics where the team won first place overall along with first place engineering notebook. She also competed in Botball in both the New Mexico and Oklahoma regions. Maria was the team captain for her schools 2013 FIRST Robotics team. She also takes concurrent enrollment at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus and is working toward an associate degree in general science. Maria encourages other students to become involved in robotics and hopes to be an influential role model in the community.
NCWIT Aspiration Winners from Central and Northern NM Victoria Troyer School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, NM Class of 2016 Victoria is a freshman attending the School of Dreams Academy. She began participating in Science, Robotic's and Technology competitions during 8th grade. Victoria was a team member of the Science Olympiad Competition. She has served as captain of the middle school Botball 2012 team, and head designer for the High School Botball team 2013. Victoria also served as marketing manager of BEST Robotics where the team won first place overall and first place engineering notebook. She was also member of the FIRST robotics team. Victoria is also taking dual credit college courses though the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus. Victoria enjoys these competitions and plans on pursuing an Engineering/Technology degree.
- Passionate about academic competitions such as Botball, Science Olympiad, BEST Robotics, Supercomputing Challenge, and RoboRAVE. - Successful advocate of female recruitment and retention in Math and Sciences. NCWIT Educator Award Winner Creighton Edington School of Dreams Academy Los Lunas, New Mexico
Mr. Edington has been an inspiration to everyone including me, taking the extra time for each student, staying the long hours school. He is thinking about opening a thrift store and all the profits are going to the schools robotics team so we don’t have to spend all of our time looking for sponsors. Overall, Mr. Edington puts others before himself. Mr. Edington has influenced me in my decisions about my future. It is because of him that I will soon be going to college next semester. Being a girl in my teacher’s class is great because I feel that I can show the boys in the classroom that it is not only a mans job. It is also a good feeling knowing that I am helping the increasing number of women in Engineering and Computer Science. What his students say……
And now, the moment we have all been waiting for…. John Sarrao, LANL Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation (ADTSC) the envelopes please.
Third Place Winners: Team 48 La Cueva High School Simulation of Approximate Computing Applied to Numerical Methods Alexandra Porter Sponsor: Samuel Smith
Second Place Winner: Team 58 Los Alamos High School Computer Simulation of Saturn’s Ring Structure Cole Kendrick Sponsor/Mentor: Brian Kendrick
First Place Winners: Team 47 La Cueva High School Learning and Analyzing Topics in Human Language Ari Echt-Wilson, Eli Echt-Wilson, Justin Sanchez Sponsor: Samuel Smith