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Parkland senior finalist in science competition

Published On: Feb 03 2013 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 04 2013 06:55:13 PM EST

She is one of the brightest scientific minds in the Lehigh Valley.


Remember this name: Joy Wang of Orefield, Lehigh Co.

Even if you don't hear it again, chances are pretty good you'll benefit from something she worked on.

In March, she will compete in the prestigious Intel Talent Search in Washington, D.C. The top prize $100,000.


"I just feel very honored to be a part of such a great tradition," said Wang, who will compete against science projects on fusion, nanofluids and DNA binding mechanisms.

Her project is polyoxovanadate-based Surfactants, or a new process to remove sulfur from crude oil during the refining process.

"My project introduces a new substance known as a catalytic surfactant," said Wang.

You don't have to know what a catalytic surfactant is to understand Wang is going places.

Wang, a 17-year-old senior at Parkland High School, developed the process with Lehigh University and published a paper on it.

"I have been involved with science fair for a long time, so I did a lot of basic projects at home," said Wang.

Wang said she wants to share her love of science with others, so she created an after-school science program now being taught in the Parkland School District.

When Wang is not creating in the lab, she is rocking it out on the court for Parkland's tennis team. As you can image, she is the pride and joy of her family, which said it will miss her when she attends Stanford this fall.