uFlu: Your Personalized Flu Vaccine
Cameron Sharma
Glen Allen, Virginia
2018 Finalist
George H Moody Middle School
7800 Woodman Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23228-3826
8th grade | 14 years old
Meet Cameron. Cameron created a computer model that calculates the seasonal flu vaccine using artificial intelligence (AI) and deep machine learning to identify personalized flue vaccines.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered this competition because it is unique for two reasons – application of STEM knowledge for creating innovative solutions and the opportunity to mentor with a 3M scientist.

I have been always exceptionally gifted in math. Last year I scored a perfect 800 on Math SAT (http://wtvr.com/2017/06/14/cameron-sharma-building-better-minds/). According to Time Magazine, only four 12-year-old students have ever done that (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/15/sixth-grader-scores-perfect-800-on-math-sat/). In addition, I was placed in the top 0.2% in American Mathematics Association Competition in which about 150,000 students from 2,500 middle schools worldwide compete. This year I am taking AP Calculus BC, which is a college level course and is the most advanced math course one can take in high school. I needed it for this project.

The Young Scientist Challenge induced me to think about creating an innovative solution using my knowledge of virology, immunology, genetics, computer programming and math. That led to the creation of uFlu.

I am also looking forward to an opportunity of getting mentored by a scientist at 3M Medical. I am greatly interested in Microfluidics and Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing Divisions of 3M. It will help me better understand the engineering side of healthcare.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
In my opinion, Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the most significant inventions of the last century. With a CT scan, a radiologist could look inside the body with millimetric accuracy for the first time in history. Prior to that, X ray films were the mainstay of studying the internal anatomy. An X ray image has many shortcomings including obscuring crucial parts by the intervening structures. For example, a lung tumor can be masked by a rib in an X ray.

Allan M. Cormack and Godfrey N. Hounsfield were deservedly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the invention in 1979. Hounsfield was also knighted and the unit for CT numbers is named after him.
In 15 years I hope to be...
A biomedical engineer.
"I know pi to the hundredth decimal and that is not precise enough."
Cameron Sharma