Projects

Note: This page is crazily outdated, but I’m keeping it here to remind me to keep working hard. Every project teaches a new skill or provides an opportunity.

SunSaluter (2008 – present)
An intuitive, gravity-powered device that takes inspiration from ancient water clocks to help solar panels follow the sun and collect up to 40% more electricity, while providing clean water, in off-grid or underdeveloped parts of the world. The SunSaluter spun out of an old project, Passionate Passivity, where I developed a passive solar tracking device involving calibrated bimetallic coils. It has since become its own organization, and the core focus on my work at present. I first represented Team Canada with this research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, the SunSaluter has won the Westly Prize, the Mashable-UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge, second prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, and the grand prize at the Staples-Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

DHall Picker (2013)
I built a web application that would easily display and filter dining hall menu items from all of the Princeton University residential colleges. This would make it easier for students with different dietary needs to quickly determine which dining hall they should eat at for that particular mealtime.

Compression Strength Testing of Bamboo (2010)
As a part of my summer internship with the Soboyejo Research Group in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, I tested the compression strength of various bamboo samples. These tests were ridiculously fun because I got to operate an Instron SATEC-series machine at approximately 3.3 kN/s. The samples had a range of nodes and nodal positions in order to evaluate the hypothesis that the nodes will stiffen and strengthen the bamboo sample under compression.

Ceramic Water Filters (2010)
I travelled to Mpala, Kenya with the support of a Princeton Grand Challenges grant to explore the production of ceramic water filters and how hydroxyapatite-doped filters can remove fluoride. Three weeks were spent in Kenya conducting flow rate and performance tests on different types of filters. Experimental results and a preliminary health survey revealed the significance of designing a filter that can assist with both chemical and biological decontamination of the village water supply.

Dynamic Photovoltaics: The SolArray (2008 – 2009)
I proposed a micro-tracking technique for solar panels that involved tracking of individual solar cells using wind power. I evaluated the feasibility of this idea by constructing a functional prototype based on a Blender model coded in Python. This research received five awards at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Monocularized Binoculars (2007)
I proposed a device that would assist individuals lacking depth perception and binocular vision to see out of both eyes simultaneously by using prisms to improve image fusion. (Mostly, it just made me very dizzy when I strapped it to my head.) This research won six awards at the Calgary Youth Science Fair 2007.

The Nerdy Tree (2005 – 2007)
I modelled tree morphology to determine the optimal arrangement for placing fixed solar panels to optimize energy collection over an extended period of time. I represented Team Canada with this research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Art of Reading Smart (2003 – 2005)
At age 12, I tested over 150 subjects for their memory retention in reading lengthy passages of text, varying column width and font type/colour/size. I presented this research at the Calgary Youth Science Fairs 2004 and 2005. I won my first ever gold medal. :)

Swim the Maze, Fish! (2002 – 2003)
At age 11, I attempted to identify the most intelligent species of fish by placing them in controlled maze water tank environments with a piece of fish food on the other side. I presented this research at the Calgary Youth Science Fair 2003.

Make Way for Solar Cars! (2001 – 2002)
At age 10, I tested how a small solar-powered model car would perform under different conditions, varying light, weight and slope conditions. I presented this research at the Calgary Youth Science Fair 2002.