Broadcom MASTERS International: Bringing Out the Best in Delegates

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MASTERS International delegates in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The 4th annual Broadcom MASTERS International was a jam-packed week where 24 young scientists and engineers from around the world got the chance to meet for cross-cultural exchanges that transcended societal and language barriers.

It didn’t matter that the delegates — who were selected for leadership and STEM achievement by judges at their national science fairs — traveled from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Singapore and South Africa and speaking a panoply of languages.

See the full list of 2015 MASTERS International delegates and their projects.

They quickly united in friendships forged around the common tongue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Interspersed with amazing experiences as “Official Observers” at ISEF, which took place in Pittsburgh this year, the cohort of middle-school-age Broadcom MASTERS delegates shared their research projects and visited some inspiring, STEM-related sites, including research labs at Carnegie Mellon University, the towering Carrie Furnaces at the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and saw sweeping views of Steel City from the Duquesne Incline. Each evening, they participated in the ISEF events along with some 1,800 high-school competitors at the world’s largest high school science fair competition.

Broadcom volunteers who served as their team leaders witnessed the transformation of delegates over the course of their amazing week as the newest class of Broadcom MASTERS.

“Before the Broadcom MASTERS, I felt shy and didn’t open up to many people, but when I came here and spoke with other delegates I felt more comfortable because we were all here to learn together,” said Harsh Kumar, 14, a delegate from India. “I learned to speak in front of people, and I have made friends for life.”

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Delegates not only made social strides, but formed unique bonds, according to said Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Community Affairs at Broadcom.

“Our wonderful team leaders take these talented young STEM students and help them develop their individual and group identity and vision,” Golden said. “The outcome is that they are forever transformed as global thinkers who envision their future collaborations as scientists, engineers and innovators.”

The Broadcom MASTERS International delegation also included two “host-city delegates” who were participants in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which took place in March.

“I was really surprised and happy to learn that delegates from other countries listen to the same music as I do,” said Tiara Easley, 13, from Pittsburgh. “We all like Taylor Swift!”MASTERS International Selfie

The Broadcom MASTERS International Team Leaders included Maria Wronski (Portland, Ore.), Gordon Lindsay (U.K.), Prasanthi Sathyaprakash (Orange County, Calif.) and Xin Xu (China) who led, nurtured and inspired the delegates.

“It’s fascinating to bring together a group from all continents and discover all of the commonalities and similar things that they all do,” said Broadcom’s Lindsay. As a director of field applications engineering, he recognizes the importance of helping these students “understand all of the careers available to them in the STEM field.”

“The future is very bright if these young minds are in charge,” said Broadcom’s Sathyaprakash, a senior manager of commodity management. “With so many unique projects, they have really inspired each other and become great friends.”