Reducing Flash Floods Using Optimal Drainage Pipe Sizes, Location and Elevation
Sanjana Shah
Cupertino, California
2015 Finalist
John F. Kennedy Middle School
CUPERTINO, CA 95014-4938
8th grade | 15 years old
Meet Sanjana. After realizing the impacts of heaving rainfalls in unprepared areas, Sanjana created a program to detect where cities may need more drains and where they may need to increase current drain pipe sizes. By using pipe network analysis modeled after city drain pipe maps, Sanjana can simulate heavy rainfall to see where possible flooding may occur. Sanjana's favorite invention in the last 100 years is the Internet because it is a tool that allows for the searching, sharing and exchanging of information almost instantly. It can be used to connect globally, ranging from social media networks to aiding medical research across the world.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered Young Scientist Challenge to share my invention and my idea, with a hope that the cities can make use of it and fix a life threatening issue that we face. Also, I entered the competition so that I can get concrete feedback on my work which will help me to enhance it further. This gives me a good opportunity to think outside the box and do something other than daily school work. It also helps me feel proud of myself that I have done something useful from my passion for science.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention is the Internet. It is a revolutionary medium to search, share and exchange valuable information in matter of nano seconds. With Internet, the world is connected. It saves lives by allowing researchers, doctors and medical facilities to educate, respond and solve life threatening diseases. It helps people connect using social media network. It provides significant commercial and entertainment value. We are just starting to explore how Internet has changed our lives, we are quite far from realizing its full potential.
In 15 years I hope to be...
In 15 years, I hope to be a computer research scientist, applying computational theory and the power of fast microprocessors to analyze and solve problems.