Oregon student wins Siemens science award

December 06, 2016
Congratulations is due to Applied CAx’s fellow Oregonian, Vineet Edupuganti. The senior at Oregon Episcopal School won the $100,000 top individual award in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.Edupuganti developed an ingestible battery that shows promise for diagnosing and monitoring health problems deep in the body. His project, “Development of a High-Performance Biodegradable Battery for Transient Electronics,” demonstrates a biodegradable battery that can power medical devices, and eventually dissolves after the device has served its purpose. It could improve options for diagnosing conditions that affect internal organs, such as gastrointestinal disorders which currently require complex imaging or invasive procedures.”Vineet’s project doesn’t just incrementally improve upon current capabilities – it represents a truly transforming step in creating a device that is both degradable and compatible with the body,” said competition judge Dr. David Crouse, Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, NY.”Not only did he come up with the idea, he chose the materials, conducted the research, and then engineered a practical and cost-effective device,” Dr. Crouse said. “Through this project, he exhibited the entire spectrum of skills, from innovation, through science, to engineering – and this impressed the judges greatly.”Vineet is an aspiring entrepreneur who would like to find real-world applications for research that he can eventually take to market. He is fascinated by the newly-emerging field of biodegradable electronics because he sees its potential to affect change in a wide array of industries. Vineet received a third place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2015 and 2016. He plays classical piano, guitar and tennis.Vineet’s mentor is Dr. Raj Solanki, Professor of Physics at Portland State University.Click here for full results from the competition

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