Jun 08, 2017 | Times Now | A planet is named after this Bengaluru girl. Here’s why |
Bengaluru: While all of us aim for the skies, Sahithi Pingali, a class 12 student of Inventure Academy, Bengaluru goes a step higher and marks a planet by her name instead. Sahithi joined an elite league of people to have a minor planet in the Milky Way named after them, after excelling in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Ms. Pingali presented her paper, — “An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies”— based on her experiences after having developed an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit that obtains data through crowdsourcing. It wasn’t just an award at ISEF that she won. The Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has the right to name minor planets, decided to name a planet after her after she came within the top 3% of ISEF. While the Indian contingent took home 21 awards in all, Ms. Pingali won three awards and was awarded “overall second place” in the Earth and Environment Sciences category. “I definitely didn’t see this coming. I was expecting one special award at most. I haven’t yet digested the fact that I have a planet named after me,” she told The Hindu.
Currently, she is pursuing an internship at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Michigan to further improve her method to detect water pollution. “I want to make it more accurate and expand it to detect arsenic,” she said. Her work on Varthur Lake has already seen her get a Gold Medal at ISWEEEP (The International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project) Olympiad at Houston (U.S.), earlier this year. She is currently pursuing an internship at the University of Michigan, where she’s working with Ph.D. students and professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. – Courtesy / Read More …https://www.societyforscience.org/content/press-room/intel-international-science-and-engineering-fair-2017-grand-award-winners