Hana Abouelenein, a sophomore at Langley High School, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the AAUW McLean area branch’s STEM Excellence Award, presented to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding project in the field of Engineering presented at the Fairfax County Regional Science Fair.
Abouelenein received a certificate, a $100 award, and recognition at the branch’s 50th-anniversary dinner, held May 11 at the McLean Community Center.
Thes award recognized work done by Abouelenein on her project, “Creating a Neural Network that Differentiates Between Cancerous and Non-Cancerous Epithelial Cells.” She created a neural network, which is a set of algorithms designed to recognize patterns, that used data about a skin cell’s characteristics – including its width, height, circumference, and color – to predict if it was cancerous or not.
Abouelenein’s goal was to have an accuracy rate for predicting cancerous and non-cancerous cells of over 80 percent, and she was able to achieve 84-percent accuracy.
At the regional science fair held in March, Abouelenein received a third-place award for her project in the category of Robotics & Intelligent Machines, as well as a second place award in STEM from the American Association of Engineers of Indian Origin, in addition to receiving the AAUW STEM Excellence Award.