Ayon Sen, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas
Region One Silver Medal Winner
Dissipation of Geostrophic Oceanic Flows by Quadratic Bottom Boundary Layer Drag
Ayon Senís earth and atmospheric science engineering research expands the general knowledge of ocean mixing, which has implications for the global climate system. In his project, Mr. Sen studied the energy of geostrophic motions in the ocean that is dissipated by a variety of mechanisms, one of which is quadratic boundary layer drag at the ocean floor. He was mentored by Dr. Brian K. Arbic, Research Associate, and Dr. Robert B. Scott, Research Scientist, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas.
Ayon Sen, a senior, is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Statesmen of America, and UIL Math. Math and science caught his interest when he read Fermatís Enigma by Simon Singh. Mr. Sen comes from a family of scientists: his father is a professor of geophysics and his mother, now a computer scientist, holds a masters degree in zoology. He enjoys playing the piano and violin and loves to read modernist/surrealist fiction. Mr. Sen won first place in both the Debose National Piano Competition solo division 2006 and US International Duo Piano Competition 2007. He speaks Bengali and Spanish fluently. Mr. Sen wants to study mathematics or physics and would like to become a professor of mathematics.