Maanasa Mendu-The Young Scientist
Maanasa Mendu is an Indo-American 15 year old student from Ohio who made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for her extraordinary invention at such a tender age. She developed a wind energy device.
It is a piezoelectric device that generates electricity from sun, wind and rain. Piezoelectric effect is a phenomenon in which certain materials produce electricity when exposed to mechanical strain. She explained that since her device targets third-world countries, she tried to use recycled and waste products whenever possible. This led to the development of “3 Leaf Harvester” just under $5.00. She kept the device cost efficient to make it more affordable.
The goal of the device is to provide stable and sustainable source of power in the third-world countries. She was inspired to develop this device after her visit to India when she witnessed frequent power cuts.
She had entered the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with her Harvest device and won first prize. Along with the title of America’s Top Young Scientist she was awarded prize of $25,000 for her further studies.