Finalists, Mentors and Judges

Today’s Innovators

Get to know the diverse personalities of students, 3M Mentors, and others who have contributed their unique talents to the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Use the tabs below to explore exciting ideas and inspirations from previous years’ challenges.

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2022 Finalist

Amritha Praveen

ASD Screener - Early Risk Assessment of Autism Spectrum disorder using Machine Learning

Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities that impact social and communication skills. While there is no cure, intensive early intervention can make a big difference in the quality of life for many children

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2022 Finalist

Asvini Thivakaran

Piezoelectric Power Generation from Automotive Tires

Global warming, climate change, and air pollution are some of the most prevalent global issues of today. Asnavi developed the Piezoelectric Power Generation from Automotive Tires

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2022 Finalist

Daniel Thomas

A Novel Dosing Pump to Prevent Clogs and Organic Overgrowth In AC Condensate Lines

Daniel developed a Novel Dosing Pump to Prevent Clogs and Organic Overgrowth In AC Condensate Lines

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2022 Finalist

Harini Venkatesh

The Comptometrist: An Efficient Way to Determine Myopic Power

Harini developed The Comptometrist, a prototype designed to cut down the time needed to determine myopic power in a patient’s eyes.

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2022 Finalist

John Lee

A Novel MoS2 Electrode for Enhancing Electrochemical Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen (H2) can improve energy consumption by producing an alternative energy source to carbon-based fuels.

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2022 Winner

Leanne Fan

Finsen Headphones: Treating Mid-Ear Infections Using Machine Learning and Phototherapy

Leanne developed the Finsen Headphones: Treating Mid-Ear Infections Using Machine Learning and Phototherapy

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2022 Finalist

Samaira Mehta

OVision - The Automatic Assessment of Ovarian Cancer Features & Mesothelin Protein Overexpression from Histopathological Images using Deep Learning

Ovarian cancer (OC) is the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive organs. 65% of ovarian cancer patients die each year in the United States alone. The best way to reduce that number is for doctors to develop a treatment plan that is specific to the patient and their condition.

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2022 Finalist

Sahasra Swargam

Soil Fungi Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Fights Climate Change using Artificial Intelligence and IOT

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas responsible for rising global temperatures and abrupt climate changes which threaten food production and ecological systems.

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2022 Finalist

Shanza Sami

Pura Aerem: Leveraging Catalytic Converters for Enhanced Filtering Efficacy

Shanza developed a five-stage prototype with a diffuse filtration system, carbon nanotube (CNT) screening, electrolysis chamber, hydrogen fuel cells, and photoelectrochemical oxidation (PECO) technology.

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2021 Finalist

Aadrit Talukdar

Smart and Reusable Packaging Solution for Online Order Shipments

Meet Aadrit. Aadrit developed a scalable and reusable shipping box that can be used for online order shipments to reduce or eliminate the use of oversized boxes and excess packing materials.

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2021 Finalist

Abhinav Anne

Revolutionary Next Generation Blood Storage Bags

Meet Abhinav. Abhinav developed a way to extend the safety and shelf-life of blood products with Nitric Oxide producing Polyurethane bag.

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2021 Finalist

Danielle Steinbach

Improving Brain Disease Outcomes

Danielle used deep neural networks to more accurately diagnose and treat neurological disorders and brain diseases.

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2021 Finalist

Moitri Santra

Innovative Engineering Tools for Controlling Harmful Algal Bloom

Meet Moitri. Moitri developed a novel optimized gel composed of Chitosan and Citric acid to induce algae coagulation and settlement in Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) effected bodies of water to reduce the suffocation and death of animal life and toxins that could lead to health problems for humans.

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2021 Finalist

Samarth Mahapatra

Accessibility Friendly Guidance System for Optimal Cooking Operations Based on Machine Learning

Meet Samarth. Samarth deployed edge computing and advance vision algorithms to help people with vision impairments cook with ease.

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2021 Winner

Sarah Park

Spark Care+: Personalized Music Therapy for Mental Health Disorders

Meet Sarah. Sarah developed Spark Care+, a personalized music therapy treatment for mental health disorders using artificial intelligence (AI), galvanic skin response (GSR), and photoplethysmography (PPG).

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2021 Finalist

Snigtha Mohanraj

Ferro-Sponge: A Novel Way of Removing Microplastics and Oil from Water

Meet Snigtha. Snigtha discovered Ferro-Sponge, a novel way to remove microplastics and oil from contaminated water.

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2021 Finalist

Sydney Zhang

Developing a Low-Cost, High-Sensitivity Method for Early Diagnosis of Dry Eye Diseases

Meet Sydney. Sydney developed a low-cost, high-sensitivity method for early diagnosis of dry eye disease (DED).

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2021 Finalist

Veda Murthy

Cognitive Emotion Interpretation Application (CEIA)

Meet Veda. Veda developed the Cognitive Emotion Interpretation Application (CEIA) that helps teachers and caregivers interpret the emotions an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) child is expressing.

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2021 Finalist

Viraj Pandey

Graphene Quantum Dots in the Conservation of Endangered Species

Meet Viraj. Viraj synthesized and innovatively applied graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to help track endangered species.

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2020 Winner

Anika Chebrolu

Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic: In-Silico Molecular Docking Study of Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus to develop Novel Antiviral drug

Anika used in-silico methodology for drug discovery to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 Finalist

Ekansh Mittal

Modeling Gut Microbiome using 3D Microfluidics for Cancer Detection

Meet Ekansh. Ekansh developed a microfluidic device that mimics conditions of the gut microbiome to help test the relationship between bacteria and cancer, as well as new treatments against the disease-causing microorganisms and cancer cells.

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2020 Finalist

Harsha Pillarisetti

Honey Comb: An alternate approach to reduce indoor air pollution

Meet Harsha. Harsha identified an alternate, low-cost approach to reducing indoor air pollution using leaf-like structures inside the home.

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2020 Finalist

Laasya Acharya

An Approach to Detect Fruit Disease using Images

Meet Laasya. Laasya developed a solution that will allow farmers to easily and effectively detect diseased and unhealthy crops to reduce food waste and loss during the harvesting phase.

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2020 Finalist

Kyle Tianshi

A Portable Microscopic Particle Meter Using Image Processing and Laser Microscopy

Meet Kyle. Kyle designed a portable Total Suspended Solids (TSS) device that easily and clearly detects invisible particles in water to monitor water quality and contamination levels.

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