Maanasa Mendu is a current senior at Harvard College, studying Neuroscience and Global Health and Health Policy. She is an aspiring physician and public health researcher. Maanasa has worked on developing a renewable energy device to address energy poverty, identifying video-based biomarkers for delirium, exploring heart-brain neural circuits in zebrafish, and studying cancer incidence among people with HIV in Botswana. For her work, she has been named “America’s Top Young Scientist” in 2016, a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30: Energy in 2017, and a Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain undergraduate research fellow. Alongside research, Maanasa is passionate about sharing her experiences as a young person in STEM through the HARVEST project in hopes of inspiring others.
Cool Things I've Done
- 9/17/19 Forbes – 25 Young Heroes Who Are Tackling Environmental And Social Issues”
- 8/25/19 Microsoft Blog – AI for Good Idea Challenge winners for 2019
- 8/20/18 Best Schools – World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers
- 7/3/18 BBC Mundo – El ingenioso invento de Maanasa Mendu
- 11/1/17 Teen Vogue 21 Under 21
- 7/7/17 ASME – Ohio Teen Harvests Energy
- 3/25/17 Girls & Co – Interview with America’s Top Young Scientist
- 2/20/17 Smithsonian Magazine – Are artificial trees the future of renewable energy?
- 1/11/17 WLWT Cincinnati – Youngest person on Forbes 30 Under 30 List is Mason HS Student
- 10/31/16 Fast Company – This Ninth Grader Invented A Cheap Device That Harvests Power From Wind, Sun, And Rain
- 10/19/16 India West – Indian American Teen Maanasa Mendu Named America’s Top Young Scientist for Energy Device, Wins $25,000