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Deepika Kurup and Eesha Khare are two young scientists developing important technologies for our world. When they were only teenagers, they invented devices to save the environment.
More recently, she has been studying neurobiology at Harvard University and was featured as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy. She also spends her time advocating for students across the world to pursue STEM education. Deepika Kurup, from Nashua, New Hampshire, was only fourteen years old when she started changing the world. On her annual trips to India with her family, she became aware of how many people in the world lack clean water. Determined to find a solution, she devised a cleaning method called solar disinfection, which uses UV rays to purify water. Her work led her to win numerous awards, such as the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Award and the 2014 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Now 25 years old, Eesha has recently graduated from Harvard University and is receiving her Ph.D. from MIT. She is also passionate about women’s equality and served as the Chair of Women’s Initiative in Leadership while at Harvard. After finding herself far away from home with a dead cell phone battery, eighteen-year-old Eesha Khare, from Saratoga, California, devised an ingenious solution. She invented an energy-efficient storage device that lasts up to 100,000 charge cycles and charges devices much faster than the average charger. Her device has great potential to create energy efficiency in the world. One day, Eesha hopes her device will charge tablets in less than a minute. She also believes the technology can be used to charge cars. For her work, Eesha was awarded the 2013 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award.
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