Naval Award To Weston Research Student
Harpreet Kaur has received a special award from the United States Office of Naval Research for her investigations in which she has been developing a bio-mimetic drone eel, which uses pneumatic actuated muscles for locomotion. The other source of the submersible drone is solar hydrogen electricity derived from a fuel cell reactor connected to flexible solar panels, which serve as the waterproofed skin of the drone eel. Ms. Kaur participated in the 2019 Regeneron STS and won awards and 3rd place in the 2019 NYCSEF. Click headline for more info.
The eel can be used as a platform for probes used in monitoring sub-aquatic environments and in sub-marine rescue operations where less maneuverable under water drones cannot operate. Harpreet also won an award to present a paper on computer science at an international conference in London this summer. It was research on cyber-bullying conducted during a summer research internship at MIT in the summer of 2018. Ms. Kaur successfully completed the BTHS ITEST course and was part of the TECH team, which won 3 rd Place in the April 2019 InnoVention Competition held sponsored by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The TECH team developed a robotic platform, Micro-Robo-Sist for conducting Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment in a micro-cloud chamber and for tele-microscopic examination of samples contaminated by super-pathogens or lethal toxins.