INTEL-ISEF 2012: Pakistanis take home prize at world's largest science fair

Published: May 19, 2012
Mahnoor Hassan, Shiza Gulab and Bushra Shahed of Institute of Computer and Management Sciences take 4th prize. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Mahnoor Hassan, Shiza Gulab and Bushra Shahed of Institute of Computer and Management Sciences take 4th prize. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

PITTSBURGH: With just three finalists present among 1,549 students, two Pakistani teenagers managed to snag a fourth place, $500 award at the Grand Awards Ceremony of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on Friday in Pittsburgh.

The project titled: Energy Square for Cattle, created by Mahnoor Hassan, Shiza Gulab and Bushra Shahed of the Institute of Computer and Management Sciences in Peshawar took fourth prize in the Animal Sciences Category.

Hassan and Gulab were there to collect the prize for their project. They explained that their project is good for all livestock in times of natural disaster.

The fair concluded on Friday afternoon, in a confetti haze as the top prizewinner was announced. The winner was fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka from the US state of Maryland who created a Non-Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Detection Tool.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the largest of its kind, is a program of the non-profit Society for Science and the Public (SSP) and encourages young innovators to engage in math and science.

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  • May 19, 2012 - 1:34PM


    You guys rock and feel us proud and also you give a answer to those who think Pakistan is terrorist Country. You participation and securing fourth position is answer to those sick people. Not only KPK but whole Pakistan feel proud on you guys. May ALLAH Pak bless you more and more.

    Best Wishes

    M Irfan Alvi
    CEO-Golden Career Education Consultant,Pakistan.


  • May 19, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Shiza beta you make us so proud. May ALLAH Pak bless you more.
    Irfan Bhai


  • Sudhir
    May 19, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Congratulations. You are the real Pakistan and we are proud of you.


  • Kashan
    May 19, 2012 - 2:22PM

    You make us to feel proud. Thnx guys


  • syed
    May 19, 2012 - 3:22PM

    You guys are source of inspiration for every Pakistani


  • Naveed Buzdar
    May 19, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Good Congratulation.

    well done.. keep it up. You are the future


  • vigilant
    May 19, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Congratulations on your success


  • True Muslim Paki
    May 19, 2012 - 5:06PM

    You made us proud. Inshallah, you’ll win more & bring pride to nation.


  • Asher Mehboob
    May 19, 2012 - 5:16PM

    What was the project about Shiza beta. Interested to know. Can you or any comment poster give us a link or information?


  • pakistanibaloch
    May 19, 2012 - 5:26PM

    congratulations :)


  • Adil Mulki
    May 19, 2012 - 6:12PM

    You guys are future !!! … You rock and you really lead the way…
    increased a pint of my blood reading this ! : )

    Yeh Watan Tumhara Hai…
    …Tum ho Paasbaan is kay…


  • Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 7:02PM



  • Zeta
    May 19, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Thanks for making us proud girls, You are the future of this country and the light of wisdom. an example that great people exist in this part of the world. Thank you and Allah bless you with more achievements and honors.

    Its shame how only few people commend when someone actually does something good. Its shows nothing but they are just useless know-it-all pseudo intellectuals who comes out of their robe only to make fun, mock or criticize somebody


  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    May 19, 2012 - 9:09PM

    We are proud of you girls.


  • Sultan Mehmood
    May 19, 2012 - 11:56PM



  • Zohaib Quresi
    May 20, 2012 - 1:13AM

    Aw sum well done Girls you will proud of nation by achieving that congrats


  • Fahad Raza
    May 20, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Great news Finally..


  • Giri
    May 20, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Can you also work on developing a enegry efficient device that can be used to attach to corrutp politicians which drain them of all corrupt ideas? We need that badly.


  • usmanx
    May 20, 2012 - 2:04AM

    Good job girls.


  • unnamed
    May 20, 2012 - 9:15AM

    Mashallah a great effort….
    Still there are some Pakistanis who can made Pakistan feel proud……!!!!!!!


  • True Pakistani
    May 20, 2012 - 9:55AM

    This news is a lie. They didn’t bag 4th as overalls but in “animal sciences category”. Please refer

    Compare the winning amount of others with our. We won only 500$


  • Sajjad
    May 20, 2012 - 3:56PM

    There are always some news coming from Individual Pakistanis who make us proud and show the world that we are a tallented and energetic nation . Unfortunately all the hard work and dedication is shadowed by the act of our corrupt leaders and Beaurocrates , who are selling Pakistan’s Pride and Ego inch by inch – May Allah bless these heroes , who try their level best to keep the Flag High .


  • Saqib Nazir
    May 21, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Pakistani media has developed a habit of publishing self congratulatory news without confirming the authenticity of the same. While it is laudable that young students, and that too girls, represented Pakistan in a technology fair, the associated embellishments are reprehensible. A very quickly research reveals that while three top awards were handed out to finalists, 17 awards were handed out for “best of category”. Each of these awards was of $5,000. None of these was won by Pakistan.


  • F K
    May 22, 2012 - 2:09AM

    @ Saqib,
    I checked the website of the competition and they are not in the press release of grand prize winners but in the next list, the full list of winners.. So they are in the list. However, there is some embellishment in this news item. They did not get “4th place” in the competition, rather within the Animal Sciences category, they were awarded one of the fourth prizes. There are multiple winners of each prize, so if you look at their listing, they are actually in 20th place within the animal sciences category. Definitely still something to be very proud of, but not sure what the point is in exxagerating about it in the first place in this article.


  • May 23, 2012 - 12:22PM

    iam sajjad ali memon iam engnear congractulation sister


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