Obama Impressed by Indian-American Students’ Science Inventions

US President Barack Obama was impressed by the Science Fair held at the White House on Monday and appreciated the Indian kid Nikhil Behari’s invention on display.

Five Indian kids showcased their inventions at the fair in White House and impressed by their displays, President Obama said, “Their parents came here as immigrants and we are glad they did.”

In fact, Obama has rolled out a new immigration policy in recognition of the immigrants’ contribution to the nation. He noticed that there is a dominance in the science and technology projects by most of these immigrant communities, while mentioning Indian-American students in particular.

Impressed by Nikhil Behari’s project on data breaches at retail chains, which uses people’s distinctive typing speed and style as a means of secondary authentication. He used sensors to study keystroke pressure, action and pause time on keypad to make it safer.

 Nikhil Behari

By analyzing data from these devices, Nikhil discovered that keystroke-based authentication is a potentially powerful technique for distinguishing and authenticating individuals.

Nikhil won a second place award in Technology at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS national finals.



Ruchi Pandya, 18, San Jose, California

Ruchi PandyaCombining nanotechnology, biology and electrochemistry, Ruchi Pandya’s research requires small biological samples – only a single drop of blood – to test for specific cardiac biomarkers.

She developed a one-square centimetre carbon nanofiber electrode-based biosensor that has the potential to improve cardiac health diagnostics for patients around the world.

Ruchi takes her passion for STEM education beyond the lab by mentoring 9th and 10th grade students on research and engineering as a teaching assistant for her school’s STEM-research class.

She has competed at the California State Science Fair every year, and has won 18 category and special awards for scientific research.

After graduation, Ruchi intends to major in materials science and engineering, and hopes to pursue a career as a technology entrepreneur.

Anvita Gupta, 17, Scottsdale, Arizona:

Anvita Gupta, 17Anvita Gupta used machine learning to “teach” a computer to identify potential new drugs for cancer, tuberculosis, and Ebola.

She combined artificial intelligence techniques, 3D visualization and biomimicry to systematically discover which drugs might inhibit the interactions of intrinsically disordered proteins with other proteins.

These proteins make up 70 percent of all cancer proteins and are mutated in tuberculosis and Ebola.

She’s also an advocate for getting more girls in science fields – starting an after-school computer science group to teach middle school girls programming and app development. Forty girls enrolled the first year.

Anvita’s research earned her Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good at the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search.

Trisha Prabhu, 14 Naperville, Illinois:

Trisha Prabhu

Trisha learned about research showing that the human brain’s decision-making region is not fully developed until age 25 and got inspired to help teens rethink how they treat others.

She developed a computer programme called “Rethink” that alerts users when an outgoing message contains language that is potentially abusive and hurtful.

Preliminary analysis showed that adolescents who use the “Rethink” system are 93 percent less likely to send abusive messages than those who are not warned about the consequences of their actions prior to sending a message.

Trisha earned a spot in the 2014 Google Science Fair to showcase her innovative project.

Sahil Doshi, 14, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Sahil Doshi

Inspired by the global energy crisis and the lack of electricity around the world, Pittsburgh ninth-grader Sahil Doshi designed an innovative carbon-dioxide powered battery called PolluCell.

Comprised of multiple electrochemical cells wired in parallel circuits, PolluCell harnesses the power of carbon dioxide and waste materials to generate electricity, reducing the environmental effects of pollution.

The battery earned him $25,000 and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist at the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.


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