Science Student Highlights
STUDENT: VINAY IYENGAR
Vinay Iyengar's research earned him international notice in 2013. Vinay always enjoyed math and he also was very interested in sports. Through tracking the performance of his favorite teams and players, he became fascinated by statistics. Eventually he began noticing other ways that statistics could be applied in the world around him. On a visit to the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, he was intrigued by the concept that through cryptography, math can be used to make communication more secure.
For his junior year science research project at OES, Vinay developed algorithms to improve the speed of polynomial arithmetic, which is used extensively in encryption. The problem with encryption is that it slows down computers; therefore improving the speed makes it more feasible for everyday use. Using encryption enhances security, making the Internet a safer place for everyone.
Vinay's work, title "Efficient Characteristic 3 Galois Field Operations for Elliptic Curve Cryptographic Applications," was first exhibited at the Aardvark Science Expo, the OES exhibition of student work. He was one of five OES students who advanced to the Intel International Science and Engineering Far (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona
At ISEF, Vinay won the top prize of $5,000 in the Mathematical Science category and two additional awards: a full fellowship from the Bruno Kessler Foundation to participate on a reaserch team in Trento, Italy in the summer of 2013, and an all-expense-paid trip to Prague, Czech Republic, for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.