March 24th, 2018 — SEM Junior Shelly Goel competed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair 2018 in San Antonio, TX. She won the highest award of the evening: Senior Division Best of Show Award given to the top project in the High School Division. This is the first time any student from Dallas ISD has won the Best of Show Award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.
She also won 1st Place Grand Physical Sciences Award in the Senior division after being awarded 1st Place in her Biomedical Engineering category. Shelly also won the 1st place Special Award from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Future Engineer Award.
Additionally, Shelly qualified for and will be competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May in Pittsburgh, PA.
Shelly's project is titled An Electronic Device With An Integrated Mobile App for Early Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Low-Cost, Easy-To-Use, Non-Invasive Device And Comprehensive, Multi-Parametric Smartphone App. In her research, she developed a low-cost, easy-to-use, non-invasive electronic device to obtain a continuous blood pressure waveform at the Brachial artery. The device was integrated with a user-friendly "Blood Pressure Analytics" Smartphone App for real-time, multi-parametric analysis and comprehensive assessment of a patient's cardiovascular condition. Minimal training and expertise is required to operate the Device and App allows for its integration in any environment including the home setting, thus creating a major global impact. Using this device as part of an annual wellness visit at primary care physician's office can largely eliminate sudden “silent” deaths through monitoring of the progression of cardiovascular condition in middle-age adults and accordingly directing them to specialists for optimal treatment early on.