This weekend is the 16th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Zachary Loeb is a senior in the Business and Finance Academy at Viera High School in Melbourne, Fla. He has a strong interest in marine biology, green chemistry and finding solutions to prevent and eliminate chemical pollutants/contaminants that endanger the life in our lakes and waterways. For the past five years, Zachary has conducted research on endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC’s) and their effects on aquatic life. He was privileged to conduct his research at the Orange County Utilities Laboratory this year.


Zachary has performed research for science fair projects consistently since Kindergarten, and has been very successful at the regional, state and international levels. He is a 2014 Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist, a 2014 Florida State Science and Engineering Fair Best of Show winner, and 2014 Regional Best of Show winner. He will compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May.

To further his research of EDC’s, Zachary has presented to the Design for the Environment Group of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He also has established a business to facilitate his research and is a third-generation member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Outside of the laboratory, Zachary is well versed in world and ancient history. He has varsity lettered in swimming, plays baseball and goes fishing as often as possible. Zachary has been invited to join the GATOR Nation as part of their Innovation Academy.

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