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November 5, 2010
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The Siemens’ Competition in Math, Science and Technology
has come to Austin.

In one corner of the competition room, Austin high
schoolers George Qi and Shengao Wang set up their
presentation on the “Attainability of the Chromatic Numbers
of Functagraphs.” Next to them, Alexandra Ilic, Kevin Tian
and Ignacio Ramirez a pinch hitter from Fort Worth-               Alexandra Ilic forms a
organize their research on “the Power Dominating Sets of          human pyramid with team
Graphs.”                                                          mates Kian Tian (left) and
                                                                  Ignacio Ramirez (right) at
                                                                  the Siemens Competition in
It’s just a little something Ilic and Tian say they figured out   Math, Science and
                                                                  Technology in Austin.
at math camp.

“Our goal is to make it so that our project gets enough attention so that everyone in the
world will know about power dominating sets eventually,” Tian told KUT.

They have their work cut out for them.

Erin Moor is a graduate student in English Literature. When it comes to Power
Dominating Sets he said he “wouldn’t have a clue.”

And when it comes to the attainability of the chromatic numbers of functigraphs he was
equally stumped.

“Maybe with the exception of ‘functigraphs.’ That sounds kind of like a James Brown
math problem,” he said.

But Moore doesn’t feel bad being outsmarted by this group of high schoolers, and he
probably shouldn’t.
“These students have traditionally had the aptitude to do work at a PhD level,” Jennifer
Harper Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, told KUT.

“They’re doing original work and original research that’s going to change our country
and our world as a whole,” said Harper Taylor.

Take those functigraphs, for example. Sophomore Shengao Wang says they could lead to
more efficient ways to Cloud Source computers.

“So instead of having say a company buying 1000 computers, maybe two companies
could share and say, oh we’ll pay have the cost for renting so much time, and when we’re
not using it you guys could use it,” Wang said.

And the Dominating Sets of Graphs could lead to more efficient energy grids. So you
might be hearing more about them sooner rather than later.

The winners from this weekend’s regional finals will compete in Washington D.C. on
December 2nd for the National Title and a $100,000 dollar college scholarship.

— Mose Buchele

				
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