Teenager Engineer Gets Intel Award For Building Autonomous Window Cleaner

Posted: May 24 2018, 8:08am CDT | by , Updated: May 24 2018, 8:38am CDT, in Technology News


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Teenager Engineer gets Intel Award for Building Autonomous Window Cleaner

Oliver Nicholls from Australia wins $75,000 Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

On May 18, awards were distributed to the winners of 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair; this international event is largest pre-college science competition in the world. This year around 1,800 scholars from 81 different countries took part in this international event, the candidates who participated in the competition were selected from 420 affiliated science fairs that were earlier held in different regions and territories across the globe.

This was a special day for Oliver Nicholls, Dhruvik Parikh, and Meghana Bollimpalli.

Nicholls, a participant from Australia received the first place; he designed and prototyped a robotic windows cleaner that can perform its tasks in fully autonomous mode. It can be used for cleaning the windows of a multistoried commercial building in a very low budget.T

he prototype is a drone that can be attached to a building’s roof; the device can then clean the windows using its spray nozzle and scrubbers while flying autonomously. It can work normally even during 28 miles per hour winds. Cleaning windows of high building is a high-risk and costly job, this prototype costs only $2,300 per piece, so it can save a lot of money for the concerned parties who undertake such window cleaning projects.

Nicholls with the first position bagged the Gordon E. Moore Award of $ 75,000, Gordon E. Moore is the co-founder & chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation.

Both Dhruvik Bollimpalli and Meghana Parikh, who participated from different regions of USA, received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards along with a cheque of $ 50,000 for each of them.

Meghana Bollimpalli, aged just 17, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She invented a new low-cost method of making electrodes that are an essential part of superconductors and other similar electrical devices.

She discovered that when commonly available substances like tea and molasses are mixed with phosphorous and nitrogen, and then treated in a microwave, they turned into a power which had same chemical properties identical to expensive metals like platinum. Just like platinum and gold, this powder can be used for coating of the electrodes.

Dhruvik Parikh, aged 18, a resident of Washington, developed ion exchange membranes that can be used in large industrial batteries for storing electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and sun. The membranes developed by Parikh were 30 percent less expensive and more robust as compared with current alternatives.

“Intel congratulates Oliver Nicholls, Meghana Bollimpalli, Dhruvik Parikh and all of the participants on their groundbreaking research that will help solve some of today’s greatest global challenges,” said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel vice president of Corporate Affairs and president of the Intel Foundation. “When students from different backgrounds, perspectives and geographies come together and share their ideas, there is no limit to what they can achieve.”

“Congratulations to Oliver Nicholls, Meghana Bollimpalli and Dhruvik Parikh on winning the top awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “The breakthrough ideas presented by the winners and finalists demonstrate how the brilliant minds of future generations will make the world a better place. These young innovators are the stewards of our future, and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish as they continue to pursue their interest in STEM.”

Apart from these three, 600 other finalists were awarded rewards for their achievements. 24 winners of “Best of Category” awards received $5,000 each, along with $ 3,000 award they received for being first in their category. $1,000 grant was also awarded to winner’s affiliated fairs and their schools.

In total, this year, approximately $5 million worth awards were distributed among 600 finalists during the event.

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