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Young judge

RADHIKA

Meet the youngest judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, in the U.S.

K. Gajendran

HYDERABAD

G. Praveen Kumar is excited, as he has recently returned after judging the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at Portland, Oregon, U.S. This 15-year-old boy, who has impressive achievements in science, has recently finished his Matriculation and entered Inter Ist year.

Praveen was selected as the youngest judge (the normal qualification is a Doctorate degree) to evaluate projects in biochemistry and earth and space science of participants (selected from 153 countries) aged between 12 and 16. He was part of a team comprising NASA scientists.

"The participants were shocked to see me as a judge," says this boy, who has some impressive inventions/discoveries — designed a 14000 years calendar 7th Century B.C. to 7th Century A.D., designed food storage equipment, designed a water purification process that purifies saline water into pure water, designed artificial leg and displayed in National Level Exhibition in 2003) and has awards to his credit (Balshree from the President of India in February 2004, Ugadi Puraskar from Government of A.P. in 2004 to name a few) to his credit. It was because of these inventions that Intel selected him when he represented Andhra Pradesh at a Science Fair in Lucknow.

"I was excited to fly over Pakistan for the first time," says Praveen Kumar, who will be going back to the U.S. between June 6 and 11. For, he has designed a satellite, which detects an earthquake before 24 hours and has given the formula to NASA. He has been selected by NASA to present his project. "I will be taking a small model to Houston to explain to the people there. NASA is making the satellite in an alloy of copper and aluminium, which will be launched later. I may be going subsequently for the launch," says a happy Praveen. Despite some impressive credentials Praveen is motivated to soar higher. He has discovered two planets in the asteroid zone. "I have observed them through the telescope. I have sent this information for confirmation to the University of Massachusetts," says Praveen, who has also worked on the converse for Newton's theory. "This has been recommended to the Nobel Committee."

Praveen wants to serve humanity and help the country develop. "That desire makes me innovate." Praveen (with about 45 `inventions/discoveries), has Thomas Alva Edison has his role model. "He has 105 inventions to his credit and I want to break that record." Another thing he aspires for is the Nobel Prize. That is motivation enough to go on.

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