High School Students Attain Supercomputing Achievement

Apr 20, 1994

Columbus, Ohio -- April 20, 1994 -- At the 46th Annual State Science Day on April 16, 1994, the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), Columbus, recognized Turpin High School (Cincinnati) Senior Adam Vandenberg for Outstanding Application of Computational Methods for his State Science Day Research Project.

Vandenberg's project, A Study of Evolution in Computer Programs, garnered the top OSC award. His project included computer modeling of ant behavior along a trail. According to OSC Senior Supercomputer Specialist Sam Bair, a Science Day judge, "Adam's grasp of his topic allowed him to present us with an excellent tutorial." Vandenberg will receive a plaque and a cash award from OSC.

Two high school sophomores received OSC Certificates of Acheivement:

Upper Arlington High School student Scott Coplin's project was entitled, Simulating the Behavior of Neural Networks Using C: Phase II, with the goal of writing a program with full pattern recognition capability.

Colonel White High School (Dayton) student Matt Temple simulated a balanced ecosystem using a computer program for his Environmental Sciences project, A Simulated Ecosystem.

State Science Day, sponsored by The Ohio Academy of Science, was hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. The Academy's mission is to empower curiosity, discovery and innovation by stimulating interest in the sciences and supporting research, improving science education and disseminating scientific knowledge.

The OSC is a sponsor of Science Day and this award aims to stimulate interest in computer modeling and other high-performance computing areas. The OSC is a state-funded resource of high-performance computing for Ohio scientists and engineers, academic or industrial.