Vineet Edupuganti, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, won the $100,000 top individual award in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for developing an ingestible battery that could transform the way doctors diagnose and monitor health problems deep in the body.
Edupuganti is advised and mentored by Portland State physics professor Raj Solanki, a specialist in microelectronic device fabrication.
Edupuganti’s invention, which he calls a “high-performance biodegradable battery for transient electronics,” wowwed the judges at the nation’s top high school science contest. David Crouse, chairman of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University, said his work “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.”
Coincidentally, another Portland-area teen recently won a grand prize for developing a breakthrough safe and inexpensive micro device to help with important health challenges. Beaverton seventh-grader Anushka Naiknaware, 13, …