First Name

Veenadhari

Last Name

K.

Bio

Veenadhari Kollipara is a high school student from the Pacific Northwest who loves all things biology, bioinformatics and big data. She is the founding President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club at her school. Veenadhari loves being involved with her community. To close the gender gap in STEM areas, she started GETSET (Girls Excelling in Technology, Science and Engineering for better Tomorrow), in her community where she mentored elementary and middle school girls on long-term science and technology projects and all her mentees won top places at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair including GoDaddy Peoples’ Choice Award. She is a high school mentor for a 7-member middle school FLL robotics team - Rainbow Robots of Seattle. Veenadhari is a regular at science fairs since 3rd grade and loves science and engineering research to the core. She spent the last 12 months designing, fabricating, constructing and testing a smart, sustainable, Precision Agriculture end-to-end system to empower farmers by harnessing the combined power of Sensing Technology, Information Communication Technology and Data Driven Decision Support Systems. Veenadhari had the opportunity to showcase her project work at local and global science events such as Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), Genius Olympiad, International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP), WSU-Imagine Tomorrow, Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) Bio-Expo. Science Bowl is her favorite sport. She is a DOE-National Science Bowl finalist during 8th and 10th grades, placing 4th and 9th respectively and a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist during 11th grade. She received Presidential Service Gold Medallion for volunteering with iStart Valley business accelerator and startup. City of Bellevue - Youth Link honored her with Environmental Champion award for environmental activism and stewardship and she holds EPA Pesticide Handler and EPA Pesticide Worker certifications. She can operate a fully-functional IEC-9000 Nuclear Fusion reactor and is a certified Nuclear Technician. Recently, Veenadhari has added the titles of 2018 Pacific Northwest Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition - First Place Winner and 2017 North South Foundation National Brain Bee Champion to her outstanding list of achievements in science, engineering and technology. She credits her mentors and coaches for igniting her passion for science and technology. She would like to thank her mentors - Alex Mariakakis from Ubiquitous Computing Lab - University of Washington, Carl Greninger and David Fink from Northwest Nuclear Labs for guiding her on Angle Closure Glaucoma smartphone project and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy projects respectively. Her coaches at Seattle Science Infinity, North South Foundation-Seattle chapter and Chick Tech organizations nurtured her STEM ambitions during elementary and middle school years. She would like pursue an MD/MBA combined degree and looks forward to a career in bio-engineering, healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.She hopes to leverage the intersection of technology and medicine to change healthcare delivery locally and globally.