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Finalists & Winners
2004 Finalists
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Kasey Lynn Borchardt

Pinaki Bose

Rebecca Ann Chan

Sara Catherine Clark

Shireen Dhir

Nicholas Samir Ekladyous

Julia Alexine Fanning

Austin Tracey Fullmer

Sherri Ann Gerten

Joy Ellen Hines

Daniel James Jakubisin

Christine Elizabeth Johns

Sravya Ramadugu Keremane

Kevin Nelson Lane

Amanda Jane Lu

Philip George Mansour

David J. Marash-Whitman

Shannon Noel McClintock

Elijah Login Mena

Mary Anne Messer

Maryam Khadijah Mohammed

Ana Christina Pedrajo

Jordan William Pennell

Molly Lauren Pettit

Jonathan William Reasoner

Chana Leora Rich

Anastasia Nast Roda

Michael L. Rutenberg-Schoenberg

Celine Michelle Saucier

Anton H. Schraut

David R. Sharples

Dustin James Shea

Daniella Sinay

Janet Song

Eric William Strege

Adam Ryoma Tazi

Blake Alexander Thompson

David John Westrich

Kyle James Yawn

Blake Gordon Zwerling
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Nicholas is an active Boy Scout who also enjoys singing and playing soccer. He is involved with math club and serves on his school's student council. Nicholas's goal is "to use science to make a positive impact on people," which he hopes to achieve by becoming an executive at a technology company. Nicholas's uncle is his mentor because "he challenges me with advanced math and science."
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After reading about several rollover accidents, Nicholas discovered that 15-passenger vans are at the highest risk and loopholes in federal regulations discouraged manufacturers from solving the problem. He wanted to find a practical way to reduce rollover risk.
 
Nicholas built a 1/11th scale model of a 15-passenger van fitted with five rows of removable seats to simulate different loading scenarios. He mounted the model on a tilt table to measure body roll and tilt. He tested the model with single and dual rear wheels, hypothesizing that the dual wheels would decrease rollover tendencies. The rear wheels did stabilize the model, decreasing body roll by 40%, lowering the center of gravity, and increasing the minimum sideways velocity needed to roll the van.
 

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