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Winners of the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Ring The Closing BellŪ at the NYSE
For Release: 08 Jan 13
On Tuesday, January 15, executives and guests of the Siemens Foundation will visit the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and a signature program of the Siemens Foundation.  The fourteenth annual awards were presented on December 4, 2012, at The George Washington University.
To mark this occasion, Siemens Competition Grand Prize winners Kensen Shi and the team of Jeremy Appelbaum, William Gil and Allen Shin will ring the NYSE Closing Bell with Klaus Stegemann, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens Corporation; Tom McCausland, Chairman of the Board, Siemens Foundation; and Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President, Siemens Foundation.
The Winning Projects
Kensen Shi, a senior at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas, won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category for developing a new method to improve robot navigation.  Mr. Shi designed a faster algorithm for robot motion planning, a challenging problem in robotics.  In many cases, his algorithm is two to four times faster than previous algorithms in terms of computation time.
Jeremy Appelbaum, William Gil and Allen Shin, seniors at George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, New York, will share the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Team category for investigating COP1, a key protein that acts as a tumor suppressor in humans and controls light-dependent development in plants. Understanding COP1's precise role in the cell may help in developing multiple applications in plants and animals in the future.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
NYSE Security Checkpoint/Tent at corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street
3:30 p.m.            Media escorted into the building
4:00 p.m.            The Closing Bell rings
Media interested in covering the bell ringing MUST contact Judy Shaw at 212.656.4290 or
Photos available via Associated Press/New York (212.621.1902), Reuters America (646.223.6285), Getty Images (646.613.4141) and Bloomberg Photo (212.617.3420). The Closing Bell (starting at 3:55 p.m.) feed is available via Encompass loop #4009. Media seeking footage via The Switch should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212.656.5483.
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The Siemens Competition
Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.  2,255 students registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year for a total 1,504 projects submitted.  322 students were named semifinalists and 93 were named regional finalists, representing 25 states.  Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities which host the regional competitions:  California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.
About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.  By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers.  The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens' U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.  For more information, visit