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The AAT Project Ambassadors

Some of their faces should be familiar by now but meet our amazing ambassadors! Despite their youth, all of them have made groundbreaking advances in the STEM fields. They are the new generation of young role models. We hope for their influence to reach teens all over the country and eventually the world.

Meet the ambassadors and global ambassadors*

Aaron Easaw

Since the age of 11, Aaron Easaw has pursued entrepreneurship on a higher level, and has had a passion for business management and aiding up and coming entrepreneurs. Since the genesis of his initial company, Easaw Development, a computer software company offering advanced technologies and services to clients in 5 continents, Aaron has had a constant sense of progression and dedication to his corporations.
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Aditya Mohan*

Aditya Mohan is a senior student at Johns Hopkins University and youth leader in STEM originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Aditya has always been keenly interested in science and the potential it holds to make a difference in the world. Over the years, Aditya has been involved in numerous research projects however has a keen emphasis on cancer and immunological research.
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Alex Deans

Alex is a 22 -year-old serial inventor, artist, and public speaker. He was appointed as the Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2017.
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Alicia Pan

Alicia Pan is a student from the city of Vienna, Virginia, and has garnered national recognition for her scientific research and academic achievements. Through her research at the National Institutes of Health on the motor protein kinesin, she and her team mate discovered the next anticancer drug target: an extended form of kinesin with a new extensible motif it uses as a leg to walk on the microtubule with.
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Ann Makosinski*

Ann Makosinski is a 22-year-old student, serial inventor and media darling doing numerous global appearances and keynote talks. Her first toy was a box of transistors, which launched her journey into the world of inventing. Ann won numerous awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and ultimately won her age category at the 2013 Google Science Fair.
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Benjamin Stern

Ben Stern, from sunny Melbourne, Florida, made waves on his appearance with the “Sharks” back in 2016. Ben won over the panel of investors with his eco-friendly podded shampoo company, Nohbo. Ben came up with Nohbo in his 9th-grade biology class after watching a documentary on how damaging plastic bottles are to the environment. It horrified him to see the detrimental effects of such a commodity on marine life.
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Blake Marggraff

Blake Marggraff is a scientist and entrepreneur, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Epharmix, a health IT company creating the first portfolio of clinically proven digital interventions. Epharmix investors and advisors include Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University, and Randy Haykin, founding officer of Yahoo!, Inc.
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Campbell Erickson

Campbell Erickson, 20, is a young social entrepreneur, futurist, and photographer from Austin, Texas. He is the cofounder of 'PurchaseMate', which received the 'most impactful company' at the MIT Launch Incubator program.
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Ciara Judge*

Ciara Judge is a 22 year old student from the small town of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland who over recent years has attained international recognition for her youth science and academic achievements.
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Conor Begley*

20-year-old Conor Begley, from County Louth in Ireland, is the creator of Quick Com, a cost-effective communication aid that allows severely disabled people to communicate and interact by performing small movements such as twitching a muscle or bending a joint.
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Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle has been taking apart anything he could find since he was a child, and now he is changing industries. At 14, he made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire and electrical tubing. With his gradual improvement, the hand turned into an arm and advanced to a 3D-printed brain-powered invention that he could operate with his mind.
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Edel Browne*

Edel Browne is a 2018 graduate of Presentation College Athenry, County Galway with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. She was recently included in Forbes 30 under 30 list. She has an outstanding record in science and technology competitions such as winning the Best Individual Award (2nd place overall) at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January 2013.
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Elle Loughran*

Elle is a computational geneticist, speaker, writer, and science communicator currently studying Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. She researches human evolution using computational genetics at TCD and Brown University. She also runs a science communication organisation that holds free talks on science for schools and libraries and mentors science students.
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Emer Hickey*

Emer is a 22 year old student from in Ireland who in recent years has worked on a project which studied the use of Diazotroph Bacteria as a Cereal Crop Growth Promoter. With this project she won first place at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013, European Union Contest for Young Scientist 2013 and Google Science Fair 2014 alongside Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy-Thow.
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Ethan Perrin

Ethan Perrin is a senior at MIT studying Mechanical Engineering. He has a million and counting interests in photography, cinematography, robotics, electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, graphic design, and anything he can get his hands on. Ethan enjoys playing soccer, sailing, skiing, and outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, and camping.
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Fionn Ferreira

Fionn Ferreira

Fionn Ferreira is an 18 year-old scientist and engineer. Fionn has spent a large proportion of his time building and working on challenges that he is passionate about as well as educating people about science. Fionn has given many Keynote presentations about his work to varied audiences addressing plastic pollution and sustainability.
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Grace Young

Grace Young is an MIT graduate in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering who just earned earned her PhD as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. A member of Oxford’s Ocean Research and Conservation Group, her passion is developing technology to explore and manage sustainably our oceans’ resources while conserving their fragile ecosystems.
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Harry McCann*

Harry is a passionate, confident and determined individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial prowess, strong communication skills and initiative from an early age. At the age of 15 during his State Exams, Harry set up his first business 'Kid Tech'. He set up Kid Tech with the aim to "Teach the next generation Tech". He has done so by writing unique courses to teach kids everything from coding to graphic design.
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Jack Andraka

Inventor Jack Andraka created a new, potentially life saving tool for detecting pancreatic, lung, and ovarian cancer at age 15. The test, using a dipstick-type sensor, filter paper, and a basic instrument for measuring electrical resistance, detects an increase of a protein that indicates the presence of these cancers during early stages when there is a higher likelihood of a cure. Andraka won the grand prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
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Jacob Barnett

Jacob Barnett is an 21-year-old theoretical physicist at Perimeter Institute. His research areas are loop quantum gravity and quantum foundations. He boasts an IQ of 170, that is believed to be higher than Albert Einstein.
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Jonny Cohen

Jonny Cohen Columbia University graduate with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He is the founder and inventor of GreenShields, an aerodynamic add-on for school buses that redirects the airflow, decreases drag and increases gas mileage, saving money for schools and decreasing CO2 emissions. Jonny was named to the 2013 and 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy List for his work in green technology.
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Kai Kloepfer

Kai Kloepfer is the 21-year-old founder of Biofire Technologies, a startup company that is developing and ultimately selling smarter firearms. Aiming to reduce the thousands of deaths from gun violence and misuse of firearms, he has worked for over 3 years to develop a biometrically- activated firearm that functions with the owner’s fingerprint.
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Katherine Bomkamp

As a teenager, Katherine Bomkamp couldn’t help but notice the horrors of war resonating with returning soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She listened to their stories and learned that many amputees experience phantom pain. Katherine found that no medications have been approved for specifically treating phantom pain.
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Kelly Peng

Kelly Peng is the CEO, co-founder, and hardware inventor of Aurora Tech, Inc. She was the primary designer and builder of their Augmented Reality glass prototype. The AR project provides users the experience of affordable virtual reality. Kelly also designed and setup the manufacturing of the see-through display optics, which is able to attain a 100-degree field of view of a 3D image. This is a larger field of view than virtually any AR glass on the market can achieve.
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Krithika Iyer

Krithika, 18, is an incredible Stanford undergraduate student who has focused her efforts on STEM and scientific discovery with a humanitarian lens - having done research with Stanford and MIT on social robotics for education and computational analysis of the human genome.
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Lily Born

Lily, now 16 years old, was an extremely shy and quiet young girl for most of her early years. However, at 8 years old, after discovering that her grandfather had Parkinson’s disease and was spilling his drinks frequently due to his disease, she took the initiate create a solution. Inspired, she came up with the idea for the Kangaroo Cup: a three-legged cup that won’t tip over.
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Mahika Halepete

Mahika Halepete is a 16-year-old award-winning social entrepreneur as the Founder and Executive Director of AYANA International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that she created to magnify the power of youth innovation in addressing global problems. Mahika is passionate about creating sustainable solutions for global issues.
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Manu (Swish) Goswami*

Manu (Swish) Goswami, 22, has built a multi-hyphenate career. He is a serial tech entrepreneur (CEO & Founder of Trufan), LinkedIn Youth Editor, three-time TEDx speaker (signed with the Speakers Spotlight & The AAT Project), and UN Youth Ambassador.
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Miracle Olatunji

Miracle Olatunji is a young entrepreneur, international public speaker, and forthcoming author. She's been honored as a Presidential Global Scholar, StartUP Africa "Youth Entrepreneur of the Year", and a 2018 World Series of Entrepreneurship grand prize winner. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Mogul, The Female Lead, and other publications. She is the founder and CEO of OpportuniMe.
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Miribel Tran

Miribel Tran is a mental illness researcher, advocate, social entrepreneur, and journalist. She is passionate about the intersection of healthcare, entrepreneurship, and technology as well as advocating for mental health and girls’ education. After a conversation with a homeless man who had been misdiagnosed, Miribel was inspired to understand why mental illnesses were so hard to diagnose.
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Nabeel Quryshi

Nabeel Quryshi is 19 years old and is studying at the Medical College of Wisconsin . His award-winning research focuses on developing novel therapeutics to combat coronary artery disease and the detrimental effects of chemotherapy upon the cardiovascular system.
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Nicole Birkner

Nicole Birkner was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica and is currently a sophomore at Stanford University, leaning towards pursuing a degree in Management Science and Engineering or Symbolic Systems. Nicole is the founder of Fresquiticos, a start-up in the beverage industry that creates natural, healthy soda made of Costa Rican fruit flavors.
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Omar Abudayyeh

Omar is currently an independent MIT McGovern Fellow at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Previously, he was an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School/Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology program and completed my PhD in Feng Zhang’s lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in 2018.
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Param Jaggi

Param is the 25-year-old founder & CEO of Hatch, a SaaS product that lets anyone build a mobile-app for anything- without code, for free. He previously started and built to a national level, Ecoviate- a research and development company focusing on redefining consumer sustainability.
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Peter Stolarski

Peter Stolarski is a 20 year old entrepreneur focusing on financial technology development. At 16, he created and utilized automated trading systems in the emerging cryptocurrency market. He now manages Branch 22 Capital LLC, an algorithmic trading, technical analysis, and quantum analysis centered fintech company.
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Raja Selvakumar

Raja Selvakumar currently is a Masters student in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
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Riley Ennis

As a high school senior, Riley Ennis had already formed his first company, Immudicon Inc., which focused on the development of a cancer vaccine based upon a novel mechanism of recruiting dendritic cells. He moved on to study cell biology at Dartmouth and was later invited to work under a Visiting Scientist agreement with Novartis.
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Rohit Srinivasan

Rohit Srinivasan, 17, is a young, social entrepreneur from Austin, Texas who is passionate about helping impact the lives of underprovided kids through the intersection of technology and education.
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Sajni Vederey

Sajni is a 17 year old, attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who believes in creating a difference in our gender biased world. Today, there are many stereotypes present in our communities about girls intellectual abilities in STEM. Her goal is to eliminate these stereotypes and open more pathways for women without the proper opportunities for an education.
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Sara Volz

Sara Volz is a twenty-year-old scientist from Colorado. At the age of 17, Sara turned her bedroom into a laboratory where she bred new types of algae that would produce more oil in hopes of converting them into an alternative source for fuel. She conducted this experiment under her bed, growing 40 types of algae in flasks.
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Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin is the founder of BitxBit Camp, a non-profit computer science summer program for middle school girls, and organized a partnership with NCWIT AspireIT, Intel, Microsoft, and Sphero. She is passionate about improving opportunities in tech for minorities and women.
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Shreyas Parab

Shreyas Parab, a proud resident of the great state of Pennsylvania, is 17 years old and strives to be the change he wishes to see in the world and isn’t afraid of challenging the norm along the way.
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Stacey Ferreira

Stacey Ferreira is an Arizona native who co-founded her first company, a single sign on company called MySocialCloud, when she graduated from high school. She attracted investors like Sir Richard Branson, Jerry Murdock and Alex Welch through Twitter who invested $1.2M in the business when she was just 18 years old.
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Suraj Buddhavarapu

For 20 year old Suraj Buddhavarapu, a love of building things is at the core of his identity. As a middle schooler, it meant repurposing lawn mower engines onto go-karts, constructing bicycles in his garage, and assembling small remote-control robots.
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Tanvi Girotra*

A Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award recipient, Tanvi at 26, has been leading an internationally recognized organization - Becoming I Foundation - which works towards revolutionizing education systems in India to transform communities from within, since the age of 19.
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Tina Bastin

Tina Bastin is a Global Tech Leader who promotes the STEAM fields by providing illiterate children with an education and a motivating environment to allow them to flourish. Globally, as a feminist author, she has brought forth recognition to women by publishing an article called Objects or Humans?, which addresses the groundbreaking stereotypes and negative influences affecting women daily and focuses on gender inequality.
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Tom Wagg*

Tom Wagg, 19, made a discovery that was out of this world; literally! He discovered a new planet about 1,000 light years away orbiting a star in our galaxy. While studying at Keele University in Britain, for only a short “work experience” tenure, Thomas discovered what appeared to be a dip in the light, the signal for an orbiting planet.
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