Kevin Dong is a grade 12 student graduating from Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. He was enrolled in the Advanced Placement (AP) program and took AP Calculus, Physics and Chemistry.
Actively participating in science fairs since grade 7, Kevin has won medals at the regional fair for projects on hovercrafts, aerodynamics and the astronomical phenomena known as quasars. This year, he entered a project in which he and his partner devised a new method to calculate the extent and damage caused by storm surges. The method incorporated hurricane and wave physics as well as the use of ArcGIS, a geotechnology software designed for mapping and data manipulation. The project earned Kevin a gold medal at regionals and a position on Team Waterloo for the first time to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. At CWSF, Kevin received another gold medal, along with the Environment Challenge Award, the Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award, six university scholarships and one of the best experiences of his life.
Apart from science fair, Kevin was actively involved in various math contests, the Sir Isaac Newton physics contest, senior orchestra and science club at his school. He also plays ping-pong, tennis and is an alpine ski racer. This year, in hopes of uniting STEM students in the school, Kevin partnered with some friends and founded WCI’s first robotics club and the more rigorous IARRC (International Autonomous Robot Racing Challenge) Team, due to compete at the University of Waterloo in July. Outside of school, Kevin has been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets for five years and has received both his Glider and Private Pilot Licences.
Kevin will be enrolling in the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto in September, branching off into the Aerospace Engineering major in third year. His dream is to apply his knowledge, abilities and experiences to change the world by pushing the limits of aviation and space technology.
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