Ms. Sahithi Pingali, a teenage researcher from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her as a reward for developing an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit to monitor pollution in water bodies. This 16-year old, 12th standard student, had developed an app to collect data on the frothy, polluted lakes of Bengaluru through crowd-sourcing.
While, there is no doubt that the froth on Bangalore’s Varthur Lake has generated a lot of interest, but interestingly the efforts of one Bengaluru student, Sahithi Pingali, have been recognised in a rather universal way –of Inventure Academy has had a planet in the Milky Way named after her! "I also had a chance to be a key part of Inventure Academy's change-making initiative, Our Lakes, Our Voice (OLOV), where I conducted an experiential case study on the foaming Varthur Lake", says Sahiti on her inventions.
Sahithi Pingali had presented her paper titled “An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies” at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). For her paper, she received the second rank and was presented three special awards in the Earth and Environment Sciences category. In addition, she has also won a gold medal at the International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project (ISWEEEP) for her research work on Bangalore’s Varthur Lake. Importantly, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) are considered as the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world. Importantly, the planets are named after the budding scientists in order to motivate them by giving a name in space.