Befitting Indians’ quest for kinowledge since ancient times, Indian boys in the US are bringing accolades to the field of science that knows no boundaries or genes.
Meet Karan Jerath, 18, was awarded this year’s prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award in the United States for his device that works undersea and quickly shuts down oil spills from disasters.
A resident of Friendswood, Texas, kiaran Jerath received $50,000 Intel prize on Friday at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) along with four other students, who will be visiting India as part of the Intel and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum.
Jerath’s 350-tonne device collects the oil, gas and water spewing from a broken well on the seafloor with sensors. The novel device allows an undersea oil well to rapidly and safely recover following a blowout. "Jerath developed a better containment enclosure that separates the natural gas, oil and ocean water; accommodates different water depths, pipe sizes and fluid compositions; and can prevent the formation of potentially clogging methane hydrate," said a citation of the award.
"A computer would then calculate how valves in the gadget should be adjusted so that the gas and oil can be collected. That should stop a spill in its tracks. The device could help prevent an ecological catastrophe. It also would reduce cleanup costs," Karan said.
Other two top winners include Raymond Wang, 17, of Canada who was awarded first place for engineering a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission, that can be easily and economically incorporated in existing airplanes. Wang received the Gordon E. Moore Award of US$75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.
Nicole Ticea, 16, of Canada received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and $50,000 for developing an easy-to-use testing device for HIV infection in low-income communities. If made popular, the device costing $5 would make it affordable for rural people to get frequent AIDS tests.
Ticea has already founded her own company, that received a US$100,000 grant to continue developing her technology. Maya Ajmera, who heads the Society for Science and the Public that conducts the IISEF, said, "These talented young students are the problem solvers and innovators of their generation."
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