Glenties student at World Science and Engineering fair

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

A young man from Glenties is heading off to America to represent Northern Ireland at the world’s largest science competition.

A young man from Glenties is heading off to America to represent Northern Ireland at the world’s largest science competition.

Henrik Bruesecke, graduated from St Columba’s Comprehensive School in Glenties last June and is now studying Computer Science at Trinity College, Dublin.

He’s off to take part in the Intel ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair), which starts tomorrow in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and continues to May 18. The event provides an opportunity for the best young scientists from all around the globe to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for awards and scholarships.

Henrik secured his place at the competition, and an all expenses paid trip there, last June when he took the top prize, the Premier Intel ISEF Award, at the Sentinus Young Innovators Competition at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

In his project, Henrik wrote a program in OpenCl and C# for a particular assignment executed by computer. It is called the Dynamic Workload Manager. The Program adjusts the workload between the CPU and GPU dynamically. It checks the performance of CPU and GPU and shares out the work automatically. The program doubles the performance and adjusts the workload very effectively. It reduces the Idle time between CPU and GPU. Computers with CPU and GPU of similar speed benefit most from Dynamic Workload Manager. The achievement is just the latest in a long list of awards and honours garnered by the budding scientist.

He’s won the Intel Best Project Award at Scifest in LYIT, as well as top prizes

His achievement is just the latest in a long line of awards for the budding scientist. The budding young scientist previously won an Intel Excellence in Science Medal at Scifest in LYIT, prizes at BT Young Scientist competitions from 2007 onwards for projects looking at the effects of voltage and clock frequency on processor performance, the analysis of weather patterns, comparing GPUs to CPUs in the execution of floating point operations and an award from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland for his Investigation into the use of Americium 241 Radiation as a storage device for ROM discs.

At the Sentinus Young Innovators Competition in Belfast last June, Henrik’s teacher, Miss Kathleen Molloy, won the Intel Educator of Excellence Award in recognition of her work in supporting inquiry based learning in school and, in particular, her support of Henrik. The award means she is also travelling to the ISEF in Pittsburg this week.

Trinity TCD Computer Science

Mrs Frances Boner, principal at St Columba’s paid tribute to both student and teacher. “It’s an extraordinary achievement by an extraordinary young man and we are very proud of him. We are also extremely proud of Kathleen Molloy for her teaching award. Both awards are well deserved and well earned. For Henrik, particularly, it’s welcome recognition for years of hard work,” Mrs Boner.