When Ebola broke out in West Africa last year, one of the biggest concerns was how to keep the virulent, deadly virus from being spread by international air travel.
Most of us felt helpless. Raymond Wang got to work.
The 17-year-old science-whiz student at St. George’s School in Vancouver fired up his computer and set out to model the way air circulates in the passenger cabins of commercial aircraft.
What he came up with won the $75,000 (USD) first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May.
And that was just the beginning.
“I started looking into epidemics, and I came across these pretty scary statistics.” Wang tells Yahoo Canada. “For example, the CDC has found that when an infected passenger walks onto a plane, he can actually infect up to 17 other passengers per flight. It’s clearly a huge issue.
“My goal was to generate the first high-resolution simulation of cabin airflow in the entire industry. And what you’re actually getting is threeRead More »from B.C. teen's award-winning invention set to help travellers breathe better on airplanes