Presentation High School, San Jose
Maya Varma is a demonstrated exceptional student, researcher and inventor – having been inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors – a social activist and a leader. Maya has designed a small, inexpensive device that can measure individuals’ exhaled airflow. She envisions this tool being used to diagnose respiratory illness in underdeveloped parts of the world, where patients may not have access to expensive diagnostic equipment. Her current project is developing an autonomous navigation system app for people in wheelchairs. As acting president of Presentation’s Math and Science Academy, Maya helps mentor students working on their first independent research projects. At 13, Maya was part of the Northern California Legonauts team that was sent to compete in the World Festival.
Over the past four years, she has served as captain of Team Acrobots, deepening her knowledge in robotics and rounding out her activities as president of the Math and Science Independent Research Club and the Women in Computers Science Club. As for social activism, Maya founded The Fabric of Giving, an organization dedicated to the amelioration of poverty by sending traditional Indian clothing to a charity in India. Maya’s aspires to not only create “the next big thing” in bioengineering, but to also make it accessible to more than a privileged few in the world.